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Eagles News: NFL insider thinks Philadelphia will draft offense in round one

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/26/17.

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Rapoport: Gut Says Eagles Go Offense Early - CBS Philly
When asked about the Eagles’ first-round pick, Rapoport believes the team will lean offense. “If there is an offensive weapon that they like, I wouldn’t be surprised if they jump on it because you can get a really good starting caliber corner in the second or third round this year, or maybe even fourth round,” Rapoport said. “That’s how good this corner class is. If they need to at an offensive weapon, my guy says they’ll be more likely to do it early.”

Malcolm Jenkins believes Jalen Mills will have a breakout season for the Eagles - BGN
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins met with the media on Monday and touched on a number of topics. One player he kept bringing up during his press conference was second-year cornerback Jalen Mills. After the seventh-round rookie played a lot in 2016, it’s clear the team has high expectations for him moving forward.

Mel Kiper Jr. says this draft is loaded with red flags – and that was before the Gareon Conley report - PhillyVoice
And while that may be the case almost every year to some extent, nailing down the picks this year is almost impossible. Not only is that something that we like to do as fans, but it's also something that can make a general manager's job easier on draft night – the more accurately he can predict which players will be off the board before his team's pick, the better prepared he'll be to make a decision. What makes this year so difficult to predict, according to ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., is the fact that so many players already have one or more strikes against them. And because each team will apply its own sensibilities when determining just how big of a deal those red flags are, it's nearly impossible to know what's going to happen.

Checking the Rankings - Iggles Blitz
Below is a chart with the aggregate rankings of the top 42 prospects. I pulled the rankings from the latest available big boards for each of the above draft gurus. In order to make the cut, you had to be on at least six of the 12 big boards I examined. I would have liked to expand this list to the top 100, but most of the experts have not yet released rankings that included at least 100 prospects (Mel Kiper, for example, only ranked 25 in his latest big board). This is also why you will see some prospects with less individual rankings than others.

Corey Davis: 'Game speed is really what matters' - ESPN
"It was one of my first visits. It went really well. I like the coaches, like the team. It was just a good time, I loved it," he said. "They were just one of the first teams to get a hold of my agent and we went from there, ended up meeting with them first." Davis added that he's watched quarterback Carson Wentz over the past year and "I like the way he plays, I like what he's done. He's a guy that has come from a small school as well and made the most of it.

Answering The Call: The Eagles' Draft Reps -
Everyone in the Eagles' front office has an important role to play during the NFL Draft. Personnel executives and coaches are in the draft room at the NovaCare Complex, watching carefully as all the action goes down and adjusting the draft board accordingly. But perhaps the two individuals with the most important job of the draft aren’t in the draft room. In fact, they’re not even in the building.

6 Players the Eagles Should Draft at 14 - Philly Football Talk
The more I look at this, the more I feel like Davis is going to be the guy. Howie said the city is going to be ecstatic with their pick, the city wouldn’t be ecstatic if they were taking a defensive player (outside of Foster) and I think McCaffrey goes before. With Conley’s rape charge, I think Davis becomes the clear pick for the Eagles. Davis is the best receiver in the draft for me. He’s got breakaway speed, great hands and runs like freakin’ T.O. With no long term commitment to Alshon, even though I think it is, Jordan Matthews on a contract year and Torrey Smith on a very much prove it kind of deal the Eagles receiving core is being held together by a thread.

Was Eagles' draft a winner last year? It all depends on Wentz - Inquirer
But no one within the organization will be as linked to Wentz as Roseman - not even Pederson, who would likely be the more expendable of the two. If the quarterback continues on the path he set after a promising rookie season, then everyone wins. But if Wentz needs time, Roseman would likely have more of a grace period than Pederson. Consider Lurie's own assessment of Wentz this March. The owner gave credit to Pederson and the other former quarterbacks on the coaching staff who scouted and deemed the Division I-AA product worthy of such an investment. But Lurie saved his greatest praise for Roseman, who swung the deals for Wentz.

Why Eagles should take chance on Joe Mixon -
When the Eagles are on the clock with the No. 14 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, a dream scenario could present itself: Stanford do-it-all star Christian McCaffrey--a polished on-field duel threat with zero red flags--arriving to serve as the missing piece to Philadelphia's offense. If that dream evaporates with McCaffrey going inside the first 13 picks, the Eagles should pivot to Plan B--involving the draft's most polarizing player: Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon.

Reuben Foster has too many red flags for the Eagles - CSN Philly
Reuben Foster is vastly overrated, and the Eagles should avoid the Alabama linebacker in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft at all costs. This is only an opinion, and an unpopular one at that -- although Foster skeptics are not unheard of, either. One anonymous talent evaluator claims the club he works for removed Foster from their draft board before a high-profile incident at the scouting combine. Another former high-level executive believes the Butkus Award winner for best linebacker in the nation will slide to day two of the draft.

On Gareon Conley and More Thoughts on NFL Draft Eve - The MMQB
I texted Tuesday night with two NFL executives who are key players in their teams’ draft plans. Both said Conley had a spotless record in their pre-draft research. One seemed on the verge of saying he couldn’t see his team drafting Conley, but stopped short. The other, on a team with legitimate Conley interest, said it was too early to tell. Good for them for not jumping to conclusions.

Joe Mixon is the best RB in the 2017 NFL draft. That’s ... awkward, to say the least - SB Nation
I think any of Kadar’s top five backs are exciting players. Aside from a slightly substandard catch rate, for instance, Florida State’s Dalvin Cook was in the green in every other category. He is a workhorse with upper-level explosiveness. There are excellent things to say about Leonard Fournette, Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara, and Curtis Samuel, as well. One player topped Cook in almost every category above, however: Oklahoma’s Joe Mixon. Because of the presence of Samaje Perine in the backfield, Mixon didn’t have to carry as much of a load as Cook. But his efficiency (opportunity rate), explosiveness (highlight yards per opportunity) and receiving numbers were all at least slightly superior, and he benched only one fewer rep than the stockier Cook.

There’s a promotion that Verizon Wireless is launching for fans in Philly. Details:

Three of their Center City retail stores from Thursday, April 27 to Saturday, April 29. 1430 Walnut Street, 3631 Walnut Street, 1115-41 Market Street.

Fans who make a purchase of $50 or more at one of these three store locations from April 27-29 will be eligible to receive an in-store Eagles/NFL prize.

The prizes are categorized into three tiers: $50 purchase minimum, $100 purchase minimum and those who either upgrade their current Verizon Wireless plan to an unlimited plan or a customer who switches their current carrier (Sprint, AT&T, etc) to a Verizon Wireless unlimited plan.

The prizes in those three tiers range from autographed jerseys and gift cards to Eagles tickets and 2017 NFL Draft tickets.

To tie the NFL Draft theme into the promotion, a mock podium will be set up in the store for fans to make their prize selection.

The prizes will be unique to each day of the promotion.

Eagles players will make special appearances at the 1430 Walnut Street store on the following dates:

Thursday, 4/27: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, 4/28: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, 4/29: 11:30 am - 1:30 pm


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