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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/25/17.

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What draft prospects could be trade-up targets for the Eagles? - PhillyVoice
Lattimore was only a redshirt sophomore last season who has participated in under 20 games in his career at OSU, partly due to hamstring issues. 2016 was Lattimore's only season as a starter, when he had 41 tackles, four interceptions, and nine pass breakups. Lattimore is a phenomenal athlete, doing a great job of staying in phase with opposing receivers out of tight press coverage. According to cfbfilmroom.com, Lattimore was targeted 36 times in 2016, and gave up just 13 receptions, or approximately one per game. He allowed one TD while collecting four INTs. He was also credited with 36 tackles, and just one missed tackle. That's outstanding.

Should the Eagles draft Christian McCaffrey or Dalvin Cook? - BGN
Plus: an exclusive interview with 2017 NFL Draft cornerback prospect Ahkello Witherspoon.

Philadelphia Announces Road Closures Ahead Of Next Month’s NFL Draft - CBS Philly
Philadelphia has announced road closures ahead of next month’s NFL Draft that will be taking place on the Ben Franklin Parkway. The full set of closures on the Parkway and in the immediate vicinity are scheduled to be implemented by 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25. The full extent of these closures will be in place until 5:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1

Connor Barwin sad to leave Philly, but understands why he had to go - Inquirer
"It was just sitting around for three, four, five days - whatever it was - to see if Howie would be able to trade me," Barwin said. "And then, thankfully, he released me the day before free agency. . . . I understand how the NFL works, and if I was a GM, I would always try to get value before I released somebody." Earlier that day, Barwin had attended the updated renovation of one of the Philadelphia playgrounds his foundation has helped fund. In four years, he had immersed himself in the community like perhaps no other local athlete, at least one who had transplanted to Philly. He lived in the city year- round, rode SEPTA, biked to work through the neighborhoods, attended concerts, contributed his time, money, and name to civic causes, and most important, played his tail off on the football field.

Meet The Prospect: Zay Jones - PE.com
What will Zay Jones bring to his future NFL team, and what current Eagles player may he remind you of? Fran Duffy breaks down the film.

The Eagles and the Joe Mixon dilemma - CSN Philly
Were it not for the assault charge, Mixon might be a first-round pick. It's impossible to predict where he’ll go now, but rankings suggest he might not slip past the third. Even there, Mixon would be an incredible value to a team, provided he can stay out of trouble. That is, if said team can weather the fallout. Plenty of football fans are mortified a person could commit such a terrible act and would be unable to support Mixon or whatever club drafts him. Protests are not entirely out of the question, either.

3 reasons the Eagles might pass on a CB in 1st round - The News Journal
There’s a good chance that when the Eagles pick, the best cornerback – Ohio State’s Marshon Lattimore – will be off the board. Washington’s Sidney Jones was supposed to be the next best cornerback, and many had him going to the Eagles at No. 14. Jones, however, tore his Achilles tendon at his Pro Day a few weeks ago, and he most definitely won’t be taken in the first round. There should still be other first-round cornerbacks available, such as Alabama’s Marlon Humphrey; Ohio State’s Gareon Conley, whom Mel Kiper Jr. has going to the Eagles at No. 14; Florida’s Teez Tabor; and LSU’s Tre’Davious White. But the Eagles might not have them worthy of the No. 14 pick.

2017 NFL Draft: Will Eagles ignore the defense at No. 14 overall? - NJ.com
Other teams knowing what Roseman needs, and assuming he will go cornerback, puts him in a disadvantage going into the draft -- which is why it is so strange he would make the glaring need so obvious. Instead of fixing the defense, Roseman has appeared laser focused on surrounding quarterback Carson Wentz with better skill players. He has spent all of his free agency money on the offensive side of the ball. At No. 14, Roseman and the Eagles very well could decide to completely ignore the defense, and instead once again use an asset to help Wentz.

Reception Perception: Taywan Taylor and Expecting the Unexpected - The Fantasy Footballers
Plenty of prospects offer intrigue on the second day of the draft. So much so that it feels as if Taywan Taylor just doesn’t get his proper due. Everything in his Reception Perception profile speaks to a wide receiver who will translate to the pro game, and have a long successful career as a rotational player, at worst. If he enjoyed a Torrey Smith-like career, no one should be surprised. Of course, we also see with a pristine success rate vs. man and press coverage, in conjunction with a stellar contested catch conversion rate, that perhaps there’s more of a star-studded path for Taylor to stroll down. Should he land with the proper team we could see a situation much like what unfolded with T.Y. Hilton a few years back come to pass.

Alshon Jeffery And Adam Schefter Show Us How The Scoop Game Is Played - Deadspin
Understand: Jeffery did not, in fact, seek Adam Schefter’s counsel on how best to approach free agency. If you read that exchange closely, it’s clear that Jeffery sought information, because information is currency in the NFL scoop game. The scoop game is not a one-sided exchange. It’s not just Schefter or Ian Rapoport or Chris Mortensen sending texts and making calls to sources to see what they know. It’s often a trade, and at times it’s even a negotiation involving how or when you go public with a particular nugget of intel. The scoop hounds who thrive in this arena frequently have something to offer their sources. This is why league executives, coaches, and players all play ball with the scoop hounds. The scoop hounds get what they need by dishing some gossip here, or a rumor there, or—as in the specific case of Alshon Jeffery—some relevant salary figures that might be flying around.

Mike Williams is everything you want in an 1st-round wide receiver ... almost - SB Nation
He’s not a perfect prospect, but you’ll have plenty to be happy about if your team takes the Clemson wide receiver early in the first round.

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