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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/20/17.

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Greg Cosell on Gareon Conley: 'I like him better than Lattimore as a prospect' - ESPN
Most projections have fellow Ohio State corner Marshon Lattimore as the first cornerback off the board, but Cosell prefers Conley. "Conley is a really intriguing player to me. I like him better than Lattimore as a prospect," he said. Cosell believes Lattimore is more of "an athlete than a football player at this point, and now it comes down to coaching." Conley, meanwhile, brings a level of experience and versatility that Cosell sees great value in. "He would fit [the Eagles] because he can play outside and in the slot," he said. "Ohio State played a lot of press man, he's played that. Good-sized kid. Conley is a good prospect."

NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper makes three picks for the Eagles - BGN
This isn’t the best mock draft I’ve seen.

Upon Further Review: Episode 3 - The NFL Draft Value Chart - BGNRadio.com
This week Vince Quinn talks about how the draft trade value chart was the product of a silent partner from a bombastic dynasty. Travel through the history of the 90's Cowboys and see how their need for a leg up changed the NFL forever.

Eagles mailbag: So is Joe Mixon really off the Eagles' board? - PhillyVoice
Mixon, of course, was captured on video brutally punching a female in the face, and has become as polarizing a draft prospect as there's been in recent memory. However, the high school accusation, which is separate from the widely-known video, is not new, and surely, the Eagles investigated it when they looked into Mixon's background. Mixon is not suddenly off the Eagles' draft board because the accusation resurfaced today. According to a source, Mixon remains under consideration.

ESPN's Gruden high on Eagles' Wentz in Year 2 - Daily News
“The biggest benefit is he’s got the same play-caller,’’ ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden said Wednesday on a pre-draft conference call with reporters. “He’s got, I think, a better receiving corps. And the reps will add up. This won’t be his first rodeo. He’s going to be able to go into his second year as a starter calling the same plays, handling situations and audibles better than he did the first time around just because of experience. That’s a great, great thing that not a lot of quarterbacks have anymore. Same system, same play-caller for two seasons.’’

Offense Or Defense For Draft Weekend? - PE.com
As the days wind down before the NFL Draft becomes live, we’re going to be inundated with rumors and guesses and everything that makes the pre-draft process so much fun. But when it boils down to the nuts and bolts, the Eagles need to come out of next week’s draft with players around whom they can build ...

Hard to screw this up: 5 good options for Eagles at 14 - CSN Philly
There's a really good shot Barnett will be the second edge rusher off the board and the Eagles could certainly use him. The thing that stands out about Barnett is his hand work. His hands are violent and his moves with them are lethal.

NFL Draft 2017: How scouts rank the top 10 linebackers - NJ.com
Reuben Foster - "He's good. He's real good. But there are a lot of issues there. There's some (stuff) about him. Some teams won't care, because he can play.''..."He does a lot of things well. He's a classic 4-3 middle. He could play (weak side), but I wouldn't put him there. But I don't know about him, there are legit concerns over character. e could slide because of it.''...“He’s better than (Reggie) Ragland from last year, but not as good as (C.J.) Mosley from a coulee of years ago (Ragland and Mosley are both former Alabama linebackers). This guy is fast, explosive, the real deal.”

Allegation against Joe Mixon from high school could affect draft stock - PFT
Although the incident has been largely overlooked, a man named Anthony Hernandez alleged that Mixon punched his daughter in high school. “I know for a fact he threw my daughter to the ground and hit her. I went to the school and . . . they hid him in the office. He got no punishment. The police even came. I was escorted off the campus as if I did something wrong. These are simply the facts, he’s a woman beater,” Hernandez said in a report read by the lawyer for Amelia Molitor, the victim in Mixon’s highly publicized incident at Oklahoma. Mixon has denied hitting any other women and was not charged in connection with the alleged incident in high school.

Tebow says he was taking batting practice when Chip Kelly called him about coming to Eagles - FOX Sports
Tim Tebow was playing baseball in Florida when Chip Kelly called him in 2015 to discuss coming to Philadelphia, the quarterback told Tim Rohan of the MMQB. Tebow, who is currently playing baseball in the New York Mets organization as an outfielder on the Single-A Columbia Fireflies, joined the Eagles in April 2015 but was released before the start of the 2015 regular season. Tebow said he was starting to strongly consider starting a baseball career when he got the call from Kelly. “I'm literally in the on-deck circle, and my brother hands me the phone and says, 'It's Chip.'” Tebow said. “I'm thinking [exhales] like really, I just got excited about this. And now he calls, and I'm torn again.”

LA Rams V. Philadelphia Eagles One Of NFL.com’s “Must-See Matchups” Of 2017 Season - Turf Show Times
That being said, Harrison’s reasoning for getting behind this game is entirely fair. A battle between the #1 and #2 overall selections in the 2016 NFL Draft probably would have carried more marquee punch last season, but alas. Plus, Goff might not have even started the game thanks to former Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher’s decision to groom Goff from the bench through the first nine games before taking over the starting gig to lead the Rams to a 0-7 record down the stretch. That obviously takes a ton of air out of the Goff v. Wentz balloon.

The 100 best players in the 2017 NFL draft - SB Nation
The top offensive player, for me, in this year’s draft is Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. Like Allen, if you consider his on-field performance it’s hard not to be enamored by his play. He’s like a better version of Devonta Freeman with his ability to run around defenders and catch passes. Directly behind Cook is LSU running back Leonard Fournette. The two may have entirely different styles and strengths, but they grade out closely.

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