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Eagles News: Dalvin Cook might fall to the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft

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2017 NFL Draft: Biggest Questions Still Facing Top Prospects - B/R
On the field, Cook has been a dynamic three-down back, but he's dealt with shoulder and hamstring issues while showing a penchant for fumbling. Shoulders issues coupled with fumbles is a good way to see your stock drop. A Scout Says: "The pattern of bad decisions are alarming, really. With my job on the line, I trust [Joe] Mixon a lot more than Dalvin Cook." Prediction: Cook falls to Round 2 of the draft.

Here’s a sign the Eagles might be trying to bring Kelly Green uniforms back - BGN
It’s happening?!

Mailbag: What makes you so sure the Eagles aren't drafting a running back in round 1? - PhillyVoice
From an "inside info" perspective, while I wouldn't say I've heard directly that the Eagles are not drafting a running back in the first round, I have heard other things from credible people that wouldn't require a lot of dot-connecting to come to that conclusion. Is it a 100 percent certainty the Eagles won't draft a running back in the first round? No, I wouldn't report that definitively. But if you're among the group that is desperately hoping for a stud running back in round one, I wouldn't get your hopes up.

Visits and Workouts Update - Iggles Blitz
I think it is interesting that the Eagles had Jeff Stoutland at Antonio Garcia’s Pro Day. Garcia is projected to be a 2nd round pick. Would the Eagles take a future LT with their 2nd rounder? That wouldn’t make many fans happy, but Jason Peters might be in his final season so this is another possibility. One thing did occur to me about the O-line. UDFAs won’t be coming to Philly. They’ll see how deep the line is already and go somewhere that gives them a better chance of making the roster. The Eagles will need to draft an OL if they want one, or go for small school UDFAs who will be less choosy.

2016 Signings Started Roster Progress -
The idea was to retain the core of a changing roster and to point this franchise in the right direction. So once Howie Roseman put his focus into cleaning up the salary cap and working with his staff and the coaches to identify players to build around, everything fell into place in an offseason that set the stage for the future of the Philadelphia Eagles ...

Eagles pre-2017 draft depth chart: How it stands and what it means - CSN Philly
This defensive line lost two starters from last year's team. Connor Barwin was cut and Bennie Logan walked in free agency. Replacing them, respectively, are Vinny Curry and Beau Allen. Curry signed a big deal last offseason, so he'll get a chance to prove he's worth it. And unless the Eagles use a high pick to take a DT, Allen gets thrown into the starting lineup. Marcus Smith and Steven Means are the top backups at end, and we'll see what Alex McCalister offers after a redshirt 2016 season. Undrafted rookies from a year ago, Destiny Vaeao and Aziz Shittu, provide the depth at interior tackle. The Eagles clearly need to draft defensive linemen in April.

Weighing the Eagles' offseason gains and losses so far -
The team is going to add a running back through the draft, but probably not until the mid rounds. There is some intrigue in them bringing in Leonard Fournette for one of their 30 allowed visits, so you never know. But it's more likely they take a back in the 3rd or 4th rounds.

PFF scouting report: Curtis Samuel, RB/WR, Ohio State - Pro Football Focus
Samuel has a very similar skillset as former Florida Gator Percy Harvin, who also played for Urban Meyer. Samuel possesses excellent speed and agility, along with the ability to produce as both a running back and a split receiver. Samuel is a stronger runner who isn’t limited to being just a speed back. He’s capable of reading blocks as a running back and seems a bit more natural as a runner from the backfield than Harvin. While Samuel is a bit of a hybrid, he does not need touches schemed or manufactured for him. He can line up as a running back and be effective when just handing him the ball. He’s capable of getting open on downfield routes — although could still benefit from some polishing — and taking advantage of mismatches without forcing him screens and trick plays. That said, his flexibility can allow offensive coordinators to create mismatches easier and his ceiling may be tied to how well his coaches can do that.

Greg Cosell's NFL draft preview: Christian McCaffrey has great skills, but what's his NFL fit? - Yahoo! Sports
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will be polarizing in NFL draft rooms, but not necessarily because of his skills. McCaffrey has outstanding traits for an NFL back. But teams will debate how he can be best deployed in the pros, and if he’s a fit in their offensive philosophy. Some will see the 202-pound McCaffrey as a complementary back, like a bigger Danny Woodhead. Others will see him as a back who can handle 20 touches a game through running, receiving and even as a returner.

NFL's bad movie: Video showing players how to celebrate - Inquirer
On Tuesday evening, at exactly 6:24 Eastern time, Troy Vincent became the symbol for every football-following, fun-hating fuddy-duddy in America. The NFL's executive vice president of football operations and formerly a cornerback with the Eagles, Vincent posted on Twitter that the NFL was "developing an educational training video for players to show clear examples of appropriate and inappropriate celebrations."

Report: Chicago Bears Adding Mark Sanchez - Windy City Gridiron
The addition of Sanchez adds experience, as he has 72 career starts (compared to Mike Glennon’s 18), and he adds more recent experience, as well. In 2016 he attempted 7 more passes than Glennon (for 18 total). Obviously, Sanchez is unlikely to be given a starting role on the team, and it is even unlikely that he will compete for the job. However, Sanchez does have practice serving as a veteran presence in the quarterback room. It is possible that Sanchez will see his primary responsibilities to be those of a mentor or coach to any younger quarterbacks on the roster.

Saints bring back defensive end Darryl Tapp - Canal Street Chronicles
The former Eagles DE is still in the NFL.

NFL may crack down on penalties designed to manipulate the clock - PFT
Call it the Chip Kelly Rule. The NFL is considering a rules proposal that would make it unsportsmanlike conduct to commit multiple fouls on the same down, designed to manipulate the game clock. That rule is inspired by the 49ers’ defensive backs grabbing all of the Saints’ receivers late in the first half of a game last year, forcing the Saints to run a play that took precious seconds off the clock as they tried to score before halftime. Kelly acknowledged after the game that it was a tactic he had his team work on in practice.

Adoree’ Jackson is too small, JuJu Smith-Schuster is too slow, and both were great at USC anyway - SB Nation
USC’s top draft prospects were productive in college, but have to overcome doubters.

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