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Eagles News: Derek Barnett is perfect for Philadelphia

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/28/17.

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Breakdown: Why Philly Is Perfect For Barnett -
Fran Duffy and Greg Cosell go to the film to explain how Derek Barnett fits the 'Wide 9' front used so often here in Philadelphia.

Grade the Eagles’ pick of Derek Barnett - Bleeding Green Nation
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EXCLUSIVE: An interview with Donovan McNabb -
John Barchard, James Seltzer & Brandon Gowton sat down with the legendary Donovan McNabb to see if he's changed his mind on Carson Wentz being a 'franchise QB', what will help in the most in 2017 and a lot more!

Philadelphia Eagles' 2017 draft picks: Analysis for every selection - ESPN
Defensive end was a big-time need for the Eagles. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz relies on the front four generating a pass rush on its own and simply didn't get enough of that in 2016. Brandon Graham is the best option at the moment but has yet to establish himself as a top-end sack artist. The Eagles parted ways with starting end Connor Barwin and, while they paid Vinny Curry handsomely last offseason, he has yet to prove that he can be relied upon consistently. Derek Barnett was projected to go right in this range if not earlier, so it's a situation where need meets best available.

Random Draft Thoughts - Iggles Blitz
When Roger Goodell started to announce the Eagles pick, I wanted him to say “Jonathan Allen”. That’s who I wanted the team to take. The fact that the Eagles passed on him tells me their doctors had serious concerns about his arthritic shoulders. Allen should have gone in the Top 5. He slid down to the Eagles area because of the condition. The Eagles had to weigh risk vs reward with him. Some of you wonder why it is such a big deal when the guy was just dominant in college the past 2 years. That’s a fair question. Allen played in 29 games over the past 2 years. He had spring practices, Training Camp and regular practices during the season. In the NFL you have OTAs, passing camps, minicamps, Training Camp, 4 preseason games, 16 regular season games and possibly the playoffs. That is a ton of wear and tear.

MTS notes: Derek Barnett might be NFL draft's best pass rusher -
It's well-established that Texas A&M's Myles Garrett is viewed as the top pass rusher in the draft, but Tennessee's Derek Barnett definitely deserves consideration for the honor after terrorizing the SEC as a destructive force off the edge for three seasons. In fact, you could make the argument that Barnett should own the No. 1 spot at the position after wreaking havoc on SEC foes as the Vols' designated pass rusher.

New Eagle Derek Barnett has the pedigree and is 'tough as nails' - Inquirer
Derek Barnett didn't play quarterback in high school. He didn't have to transfer from offense to defense early in his collegiate career. He didn't play several positions in different schemes during his three years at Tennessee. And he didn't have just one productive season - he had three. In other words, Barnett is not Marcus Smith. Does that mean the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive end will become an impact player in the NFL or that he won't become a first round bust? No. But there will certainly be less wishing and hoping once the Eagles get their top draft on the field.

Humble Eagles' 14th pick Derek Barnett ready to get to work - CSN Philly
Derek Barnett, the former Tennessee defensive end, clad in an all-red, three-piece suit, stared at the landline phone in front of him in the green room at the NFL draft on the Ben Franklin Parkway. It wasn't ringing. Despite his best efforts, the 20-year-old couldn't telepathically get that phone to go off. The Eagles, who he knew had some interest in him after a top-30 visit earlier in the offseason, were on the clock. But still, that landline remained silent. Then his cell phone rang. And it was a Philly number.

The top 10 options for the Eagles in round two of the 2017 NFL Draft - PhillyVoice
Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma: We've covered Mixon at length, and the belief here is that there is no better fit at running back in this draft than him. However, obviously, the video of Mixon punching a female is horrific, and any team drafting him will have to be comfortable with the idea that Mixon wants to be a better person. They'll also have to be ready for the public relations fallout.

Carson Wentz Confirms He Had Vision Correction Surgery - CBS Philly
With the eye of the football world focused on Philadelphia for the NFL draft, CBS 3 confirmed Wednesday that Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had vision correction surgery in January.

NFL draft 2017: Winners and losers from Day 1 - SB Nation
New York Giants: Was the problem with the Giants offense really that it was missing an athletic tight end? Eli Manning already has Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, and Brandon Marshall to work with, so Evan Engram doesn’t seem to be a pick that does much to help the team win while Manning is still around.

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