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Eagles News: Figuring out which cornerback prospects best fit in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia Eagles Draft: Jim Schwartz’s Cornerback Tendencies - Section215
So I went back, across Jim Schwartz’s career as an NFL defensive coordinator and head coach, in order to figure out what’s what. I took every cornerback he drafted and looked for physical trends–benchmarks for 2017 NFL Draft prospects to meet. I then compared all of his defenses’ stats, to determine which were the most productive defending against the pass, and I also gathered the physical data from those productive cornerbacks. The goal of this exercise is to identify trends and benchmarks, determining those tendencies that will help us best predict the corners in which Schwartz could have interest. I don’t think all of the corners that don’t make the cut will be immediately blacklisted, nor do the corners who make the list all fit in Philly. This is just another lens, another context by which we can make evaluations.

Eagles seven round mock draft (with trades) - BGN
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Brandon Gowton Joins The Broad Street Line - Spreaker
Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation and Liberty Ballers joins us in studio to give you his thoughts on the upcoming NFL Draft. He also talks about his career in sports media, and holds no punches when it comes to the Philadelphia 76ers' medical staff.

The Case for Dalvin - Iggles Blitz
More than a few people would like the Eagles to draft Dalvin Cook. The original hope was that the Eagles would take him 14th overall. That’s not going to happen. The question with Cook is how far he falls. Could he fall to the 2nd round? Could be fall all the way to the Eagles pick in the 2nd round? Cook was a great college player. He has the chance to be a terrific pro. There are just a lot of questions with him that affect his value. Those questions might or might not affect his pro career. For now, they will affect where he is drafted. Based solely on game tape, Cook is a 1st round talent.

Lawlor: Critical Time For Smith, Agholor -
Smith has gotten better each year that he's been in the league. That's the good news. Smith barely played in 2014. Last year, he was a solid part of the pass rush rotation. Smith's 2016 sack total isn't going to wow anyone, but he started to show some of the ability that helped him lead the nation in sacks as a senior at Louisville. This will be Smith's second season playing defensive end in Jim Schwartz's scheme. Don't underestimate how important that can be. Perfecting your stance, using your hands, developing moves and counter-moves are all part of being a good pass rusher. It takes time and experience to do that.

Eagles Quarterback Carson Wentz Looking To Identify Young Fan - CBS Philly
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has a bit of a problem — and he’s hoping you can help him solve it. Wentz posted a picture on Twitter that he got in the mail from a young fan. The only problem is — Wentz’s dog chewed up the envelope it was delivered in.

NFL Draft 2017: Why running back might be the Eagles' biggest need -
Adding a dynamic running back would not only open up the Eagles' offense, but it would also be in line with their top priority as a franchise -- help quarterback Carson Wentz. With no true running threat last season, Wentz threw the ball 607 times last season. Only four quarterbacks threw the ball more, and none of them were rookies.

11 Philadelphia Eagles who could help, hurt their stock most this offseason -
CB Dwayne Gratz - After the Jaguars and Rams cut Gratz last season, the cornerback-needy Eagles decided to take a chance on him. Last season, veteran Leodis McKelvin emerged as a likely starter at cornerback during the offseason, so perhaps Robinson or Gratz can mimic that process. The Eagles would just hope that whoever does stand out enjoys more regular-season success than McKelvin did.

Christian McCaffrey declined all private workout requests - PFT
As the annual season of “[insert player name] had private workout with [insert team name]” reports comes to a close, one name was not inserted into the first set of brackets this year. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, regarding in some circles as a potential top-10 pick (the more realistic floor, we’re told, is No. 15), has declined all private workout requests. And no one has lost their minds about it

On Dan, Dean and the Draft - The MMQB
Roger Goodell remembers Dan Rooney, the late Steelers owner and an NFL treasure. Plus a closer look at the Dean Blandino mess in the NFL office and 10 draft tidbits, including how the Browns could pick 1 and 2.

NFL referees wish league would stop penalizing player celebrations - SB Nation
Touchdown celebrations make the NFL more fun, but the league has cracked down on them. Last year, players were routinely flagged and fined for celebration dances. Referees would like the league to ease up on these penalties. Part of the problem with the rules about celebrations is that they’re not clearly defined. Scott Green, the head of the NFL Referees’ Association, said on Sirius XM Radio that it would be easier for officials if they didn’t have to make snap judgments about which celebrations are worthy of a penalty.

How was Jerry Azzinaro as the Eagles defensive line coach? Q&A with Bleeding Green Nation - California Golden Blogs
Before Jerry Azzinaro was the 49ers defensive line coach, he was the defensive line coach of the Eagles. We chatted with Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation to learn more about how Azzinaro performed in his stint there.


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