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Eagles News: Panel of NFL experts have Philadelphia drafting Christian McCaffrey

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/10/17.

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Tony Romo, TV Underdog? Don’t Bet Against Him - The MMQB
In the past three days, I’ve asked some of the smartest draftniks and former NFL scouts this question: If you had to project where Christian McCaffrey will go in the draft, what overall pick would you guess? I asked because McCaffrey is one of the most discussed players in this draft. Most people see him as a hybrid weapon—a runner/returner/slot receiver—who shouldn’t be overused. Smart, seeing that McCaffrey’s likely to play at about 203 pounds. “He’s got the ability to make people miss, but also to make tough yards in the pile,” said Payton, who likes him. “I’ve got a crystal-clear vision of the player. He’d be like Darren Sproles, Reggie Bush for us, kind of the Joker role [versatile back]. But I think you have to have a pitch count on him.” My panel of experts see him going in the teens, and three of them said particularly they think he’d be the best fit in Philadelphia, as the successor to Sproles and the swiss-army knife in coach Doug Pederson’s game plan. The Eagles are scheduled to pick 14th in the first round.

There might be a good long-term plan behind all the Eagles’ one-year deals - BGN
Believe it or not, the Eagles aren’t being totally shortsighted.

BGN Radio On SportsRadio 94WIP: Rodney McLeod joins the show -
Eagles safety Rodney McLeod joined the show -- Rodney freaking McLeod! That's pretty cool. Anyhoo, Rodney was awesome. He's a good talker and clearly a bright guy. Plus, he's a great dude who's trying to use his platform to do positive things. Listen to the interview for more, but needless to say, it's easy to want to root for him.

2017 NFL Draft Preview: Christian McCaffrey - Rule of Tree
Pro Comparison - Le’Veon Bell of the Pittsburgh Steelers - Could we be seeing the better version of Ty Montgomery with a higher ceiling? The versatility of a between the tackles running back with wide receiver speed and route running ability is a big plus for every offense. At his best, I truly believe that McCaffrey can fit into the Le’Veon Bell mold that has become so deadly for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The mold set in place by LaDainian Tomlinson and Jamaal Charles years before has been perfected by Bell, giving players like Dion Lewis and McCaffrey the clear path to succeed. Because of his immense upside, much like those mentioned players, he is one of the best picks in the draft.

Lawlor: Running Back Now In Spotlight -
The Eagles are almost certain to take a running back at some point in the draft. This is a really deep group. Teams are going to find good running backs early, middle, and even in late rounds. I think Dalvin Cook is the best overall back, but his issues both on the field (injury, fumbling) and off (multiple incidents) mean he could go as high as the top 10 or as low as the second round. My favorite back in the draft is Kareem Hunt from Toledo. I think he would make an excellent mid-round target for the Eagles. Hunt has a good combination of size and athleticism. I also love the fact he's tough and smart. He seems like the kind of player Joe Douglas is looking for.

Stacking the worst classes in NFL draft history - ESPN
5. 1967 Philadelphia Eagles (4 AV) - Despite 19 picks in 17 rounds, just two players generated any value for Philadelphia: first-round running back Harry Jones (44 carries) and fourth-round wide receiver Chuck Hughes (six receptions).

2017 NFL draft positional breakdown: Quarterback - CSN Philly
Alek Torgersen, Penn (6-3/230)It's pretty cool that a quarterback from Penn has a chance to get drafted. Torgersen has NFL size and the arm to back it up. The level of competition and speed of the game will be his biggest obstacles. And, oh yeah, he's pretty smart.

NFL Draft 2017: Latest thoughts on Dalvin Cook, John Ross and the Eagles -
It used to seem almost guaranteed that Washington receiver John Ross would be on the board at No. 14 overall. Now? Not so much. Ross recently visited the Tennessee Titans, who own the No. 5 and No. 18 overall pick. The big question with Ross is his medicals, as he has a history of both knee and shoulder injuries. If the Titans like what they see, don't be surprised if he is the pick at No. 5 overall. Ross can do two things the other top receivers -- Clemson's Mike Williams and Western Michigan's Corey Davis -- can't. First, he can stretch the field with his speed. Second? His speed and footwork allow him to create separation at the line of scrimmage. Look for Ross to be gone before the Eagles go on the clock.

Las Vegas arm wrestling event may lead to discipline for NFL players - SB Nation
Over 30 players, including Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King, were in Las Vegas over the weekend to participate in the inaugural Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship. Although the organizers of the event say they had discussions with the NFL about staying in compliance with the league’s rules on gambling, the NFL says this could be a problem for the players involved.


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