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Eagles News: Mike Mayock says 2017 NFL Draft is ridiculously loaded at cornerback

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/5/17.

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Mike Mayock sees historic depth in CB class - EaglesWire
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock identified this year’s class as one of the deeper classes he’s come across in recent years. “The average is 12 corners going in the first two rounds over the last few years,” Mayock explained at his Combine press conference on Saturday. “I can give you 17 to 18 names that I have grades in rounds one through three. I had some coaches tell me the other night that they will get a guy in the fifth-round that should go in the second round.”

What Would YOU Give Up For Brandin Cooks? -
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NFL Combine preview: Safety prospects who could interest the Eagles - PhillyVoice
The Eagles are already set at safety with Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod locked in as the starters for the foreseeable future. However, a season ago, when Jenkins was forced to drop down into the slot after injuries to some of the cornerbacks, that forced Jaylen Watkins onto the field, which didn't always go so well. Ideally, the Eagles will bolster their corner depth to the point where they will no longer need Jenkins to take on a slot corner role, but they could certainly add some depth at safety regardless. In my view, safety / slot corner hybrids would be ideal.

Money Beau Beau? - Iggles Blitz
There is some question about whether this move means the Eagles think they are going to lose Logan. I don’t necessarily read it that way. The DL is crucial in Schwartz’s defense. Not just starters, but you need 6 to 8 quality players. Allen is young and hasn’t played his best football. The Eagles should try to keep him around. I don’t know if he’s starter material, but I think he has the potential to be an effective starter. Logan is obviously better, but his future is still up in the air. I don’t think the Eagles want Allen as a projected starter for 2017, but having him as a fall-back plan is reasonable. Should Logan leave, you would want Allen in place in case something goes wrong and you can’t find help in free agency or the draft. If the Eagles can’t keep Logan, they will try to find DT help somewhere.

Eagles at the combine: JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mike Williams among receivers drawing interest - ESPN
“I learned a lot on and off the field [from Wentz]," said Smith-Schuster, via ESPN Jaguars reporter Michael DiRocco. "He basically told me about the combine and what to expect, how to handle it. You only do it once and he said you should embrace it, make sure you’re the first at the drug test because it’s a long line, which it was, and just a lot of football good IQ. When to come in, when to throttle down against different defenses and stuff.”

Villanova DE Kpassagnon could go as high as 2nd round - Daily News
As Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon is finding out this week at the NFL scouting combine, NFL coaches and scouts tend to be suspicious of intelligent players. Kpassagnon is very, very smart. He already has graduated from ‘Nova with degrees in accounting and finance. His mom is a chemical scientist and his dad is an economist. So naturally, NFL teams are wondering how much a smart guy like Kpassagnon really, really loves football.

Speed Highlights Historic Day At Combine -
WR Chris Godwin: Godwin surpassed every expectation scouts had of him. He was faster then expected, timing in the low 4.4s in the 40, produced 19 reps on the bench press, and ran a very swift four seconds flat in the short shuttle. He then looked terrific during the pass-catching workout, running crisp routes and catching everything thrown in his direction. I graded Godwin as a potential third-round choice entering the Combine, but he’ll now move up into the draft’s initial 60 selections.

What the Eagles need to do to fix their offense -
RUN THE BALL MORE - In 2016 when the Eagles ran the ball 30 times or more they were 6-1, and the only loss was a one-point decision in Baltimore where a two-point try for the win failed. When they ran the ball 25 times, or less, they were 0-6. The Eagles offense needs to be balanced. Second-year back Wendell Smallwood is going to be given every chance to be the featured back. So don't expect a big-name back added or a high draft pick.

What’s next for Brandon Marshall? - PFT
Other intriguing possibilities (and I’m just spitballing here) would be the Steelers (Marshall grew up in Pittsburgh), the Ravens (New York is a two-and-a-half hour train ride from Baltimore and they could use a veteran presence after the retirement of Steve Smith), the Eagles (Philly is even closer to New York and the Eagles desperately need receivers), and the Buccaneers (Marshall played college football at Central Florida).

Report: Patriots offered 32nd pick in package for Saints’ Brandin Cooks - Pats Pulpit
According to Josh Katzenstein of, the Patriots jumped into the trade market for WR Brandin Cooks with both feet, and were turned away.

John Ross made a case to be the 1st wide receiver picked in the 2017 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Combine performances — whether good or bad — are often met with rolled eyes. It seems bizarre that a player could finish his collegiate career with a certain value and then impact that positively or negatively with a workout. But the 4.22-second 40 didn’t launch Ross into the first-round conversation; he was already there. In a survey of more than 40 mock drafts prior to the 2017 NFL Combine, Ross appeared in the first round in the majority of the mocks, even going as high as 14th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.


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