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Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott tops in NFL player merchandising - ESPN
Another rookie, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was seventh overall but tops in bobblehead sales. NFL Players Inc., the marketing arm of the union, compiled the list, which is based on overall sales of all NFL player licensed products via online and traditional retail outlets as reported by more than 80 NFLPA licensees.

Here’s what anonymous scouts had to say about the Eagles’ draft picks - BGN
One NFL scout thinks Donnel Pumphrey might be the toughest player from this year’s NFL Draft.

The Collapse of the Greatest Dynasty: The 1957 Cleveland Browns - BGNRadio.com
This week Vince Quinn explores the Browns first great draft. Join him as he details the iconic careers of Jim Brown, Paul Brown and the collapse of the NFL's greatest dynasty.

NFC East 2017 draft grades: Giants edition - PhillyVoice
With good coaching, his ceiling is Nick Foles! In all seriousness though, Davis Webb does make some sense as a player with raw ability that the Giants can take their time to groom behind Eli Manning. However, he won't help at all in the short term, and he was the fifth- or sixth-best quarterback in a very weak class.

The waiting game: An injury forced Sidney Jones to sweat out the draft from his couch - Sports Illustrated
Jones pursued a degree in American Ethnic Studies at UW, but he really majored in game film. He watched four extra sessions every week with Lake and Baker, and his studiousness showed on the field—against No. 17 USC in October 2015, Jones knew the Trojans liked to run screens on third-and-12 or longer, and on one first-quarter snap he raced into the backfield and intercepted a Cody Kessler screen pass thrown five yards behind the line. In all his years of coaching, Lake had never seen anticipation like that. Midway through Jones’s sophomore season, an NFL career already seemed possible.

Shelton Gibson might be deep threat the Eagles need - Inquirer
"I am way faster with pads and a helmet on," Gibson said. "Oh, man, I fly. I think I am on the right team to fly, honestly. They are the Eagles, so they fly." There is a theory that the official clock started too early at Gibson's 40-yard dash at the combine. He followed that performance with a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at his pro day. But what matters most is what happens on the field, and Gibson proved he is a deep threat during the last two years at West Virginia.

Eagles Find a Thumper - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles brought Daniels to Philly for a visit last spring. They also had a private workout with him. This is a player they had serious interest in. If he can’t get healthy and doesn’t pan out, so be it. But this guy is an ideal MLB for the Wide-9. He can sit in there all by himself and destroy whatever is closest to him. If he is healthy and able to earn a roster spot as a STer and backup MLB, Joe Walker could move outside. Walker is the better athlete and could play WLB or SAM. Of course, we need Walker to get healthy as well.

Analyzing State Of The Running Game - PE.com
Wendell Smallwood. Darren Sproles. Donnel Pumphrey. Ryan Mathews. These are the four leading candidates to carry the football for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. The coaching staff installs the early version of the playbook with some uncertainty as Phase Two of the offseason continues ...

Derek Barnett Post-Draft Film Study - Iowa-Eagle
Barnett is going to have a ton of success early in his career. The wide-9 scheme is perfect for what he does best, win with quickness and explosion off the snap. At Tennessee he could get outside pressure, but the quarterback could always step up into the pocket because the defense rarely generated interior penetration. That won’t be the case with Fletcher Cox and Tim Jernigan in Philly, plus Brandon Graham playing opposite of him.

How has Eagles' Howie Roseman done this offseason? Ranking his moves from best to worst - NJ.com
The Eagles clearly value the defensive line, and with the loss of Bennie Logan to the Kansas City Chiefs, the team had a big hole right in the middle of their line. By trading for Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, Roseman not only filled that hole, but he might have upgraded the position. Jernigan was one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL last season against the run, and despite playing in a 3-4, has had at least four sacks in each of his three seasons.

What the 2017 NFL draft means for 10 Eagles already on roster - CSN Phlly
Nelson Agholor - In addition to Hollins, the Eagles also added Shelton Gibson from West Virginia. So, assuming Jordan Matthews is still on the team, the Eagles have Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Matthews, Hollins, Gibson, DGB and Agholor all fighting for roster spots. Last year, the Eagles kept five receivers, but keeping six isn't out of the question. The tricky part with Agholor is his contract. It would actually cost the Eagles $2.83 million more in cap space to cut him this season and they're up against it right now. But if they make some moves, enough to free up space, maybe they think about eating the cap hit and moving on.

Welcome to the NFL, rookie! - SB Nation
The first year of a player’s NFL career is one long, but thrilling grind. Retired NFL offensive lineman Geoff Scwartz explains what the rookies can expect.

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