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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/23/17.

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Why the Eagles aren't drafting a RB in the 1st round - NJ.com
A back the Eagles definitely like is Pitt's James Connor, a bruiser who Eagles fans will love in a hurry and who should be there in the fourth round, maybe even with the Eagles' second fourth-round pick. Finally, and this might be the most important reason the Eagles aren't taking one of the top three backs, the team really likes what it saw from 2016 fifth-round pick Wendell Smallwood. It was a small sample, mainly because he missed the final three games of the season, but when given the opportunity Smallwood produced.

NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles will pick defensive lineman in first round - BGN
Who will it be?

NFL draft in Philly draws record fan interest - Inquirer
The NFL draft, in Philadelphia next month, has received its most fan interest since the event moved from New York after 2014. In the 16 days leading up to Wednesday, 156,000 fans registered for the NFL Draft Experience, said Kamran Mumtaz, the league's director of communications. That is the most fans to have signed up in the first 16 days since the league moved to the fan festival format in Chicago two years ago. During the same period last year in Chicago, 48,000 signed up, so it's a 225 percent increase this year in Philadelphia.

Q & A - Iggles Blitz
Do you think the Eagles draft Dalvin Cook at 14? No, I don’t. I am not a big fan of spending 1st round picks on RBs. As I’ve written here, Cook is the kind of special player that could make me make an exception to that. He was a great player for Florida State the past 3 years and would be a terrific fit in the Eagles offense. But…there are just too many issues with him. Character. Medical. Fumbles. Bad showing at the Combine. Cook is incredibly talented, but you want a pick that high to be someone you’re really comfortable with.

NFL draft: Christian McCaffrey is perfect match for Eagles - Sports Illustrated
SI NFL writer Joan Niesen believes Christian McCaffrey can be a starting running back next season.

NFL execs unfiltered on every team's free-agency moves - ESPN In$ider
It has been a transformative offseason at the wide receiver position within the NFC East. The Eagles made the biggest net talent gain by adding Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. "I think both of those moves were really good moves for them," a pro director said. "The only problem that you get is, you kind of want to get a younger guy that will grow with your young quarterback. Alshon, if he is healthy, is a really good jump-ball, down-the-field receiver. Torrey Smith was in a system last year where the quarterbacks could not throw down the field, and he cannot run intermediate routes. That is why he didn't look very good."

Top NFL Honors For Eagles' Delimitros - PE.com
It is 7:00 AM on an Eagles game day, long before Lincoln Financial Field is filled with screaming, Midnight Green-clad fans, and director of equipment operations Greg Delimitros and his staff are already in the locker room, preparing for a long day and night. This is a labor of love, and Delimitros, named this week as a co-winner ...

Eagles draft targets at No. 14: Florida State RB Dalvin Cook - CSN Philly
Cook is a true dual threat, and a perfect fit for the Eagles. He has the ability and skill set to follow in the footsteps of Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy, who made their names in the west coast offense. At the same time, Cook represents a huge risk with the No. 14 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Ball security is a serious issue, more so than most prospects. Durability is a concern as well, with a history of shoulder injuries that required surgery. Cook, who will turn 22 in August, has also run afoul of the law on numerous occasions, though the charges were either dropped or he was found not guilty in all instances.

NFL Power Rankings: Where all 32 teams stand after the free agency shuffle - CBS Sports
25) They got Carson Wentz some weapons in Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith. That will help get the offense cranked up in 2017.

PFF scouting report: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC - Pro Football Focus
The PFF analysis team breaks down the prospects of USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft.

With task of replacing Luke Fickell, how will new LBs coach Bill Davis fit at Ohio State? - Cleveland.com
Ohio State held its third practice of the spring on Tuesday, and it was our first chance to speak with new linebackers coach Bill Davis, and new quarterbacks coach Ryan Day. Here, we're talking about Davis, the NFL veteran and longtime friend of Urban Meyer who joined the Buckeyes two years removed from serving as the defensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Why did so many good NFL free agents settle for 1-year ‘prove it’ deals? - SB Nation
Young veterans across the league have been forced to take one-year deals that could be a boom-or-bust proposition.

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