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2018 NFL Draft: Here are three sleeper prospects who could be drafted in first round - CBS Sports
OK, this one’s not exactly a sleeper. Everyone knows Orlando Brown by now and how he was considered the best left tackle in the nation at the start of the season and probably right up until his disastrous combine. And it was a disaster. And it will cost him millions ... I’m just not convinced its going to know him down to the mid-rounds as many would suggest. The kid is massive, his dad was an impact offensive lineman, and he played against some of the best competition in college and he dominated. Obviously, there are concerns, but in a draft this bereft of tackles -- and where the perceived top one, Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey, is more solid than spectacular and some teams think he may have to play on the right side -- there are really gonna be 100 kids taken before him? “He is the best left tackle in this draft and it’s not even close,” one scout told me. “Just watch the tape. Go back to the tape. He doesn’t get beat. They can’t get around him. Yeah, his 40 [yard dash] was horrible, but look at the first 10 yards. It’s much better. What tackle is running more than 10 yards?” If I was doing a mock today I would be tempted to slot him 32nd to the Eagles (with Jason Peters nearing the end). Yeah, he might not ever get stronger and he wont be able to get by on size alone at the next level, and there is bust potential, but he’s also 6-feet-7 and a first-team All American playing a premium position in a draft with almost no short things at left tackle. I don’t think his slide will be as long as others seem to believe it will be.

Mel Kiper Mock Draft: Eagles get the running back they want - BGN
Evidence suggests Guice is a realistic possibility for the Eagles, assuming he makes it to No. 32. Philadelphia hosted the LSU running back on a pre-draft visit. Eagles assistant head coach/running backs coach Duce Staley is reportedly “a big supporter of Guice.” In addition, NDT Scouting’s Jon Ledyard told BGN Radio that Howie Roseman has a first-round grade on Guice. Ledyard also said Roseman doesn’t expect Guice to be available at the Eagles’ pick.

Matt Waldman’s RSP Joins The Kist & Solak BGN Eagles Podcast - Matt Waldman RSP
Sunday night, BGN Radio’s Benjamin Solak and I discussed a variety of players who might fit in the Eagles’ plans: Chris Warren III and why he was a difficult eval. Ryan Nall’s versatility. Jordan Wilkins’ pro comparisons as a ball carrier. Kamryn Pettway’s potential fit in Philly. Receivers who could serve as Alshon Jeffery’s understudy. Jaleel Scott, A.J. Green, and why it’s not a direct comparison but might one day be a sneaky one. Dante Pettis love. Tyler Conklin love.

Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Wide receiver - PhillyVoice
So do the Eagles have a need for a wide receiver? In 2018? No, not really. In 2019 and beyond? Maybe. Wallace is on a one-year deal, so he may be a veteran Band-Aid, though something of a quality one. If Hollins can make strides in 2018, perhaps he can vault himself into the No. 2 wide receiver conversation in 2019 and beyond. Either way, adding a receiver in the 2018 NFL Draft is a possibility, as that is traditionally a position where many players take extra time to develop, so continuing to fill the pipeline makes sense.

Recent Visits - Iggles Blitz
Reaves makes complete sense for the Eagles. They need depth at Safety and he is a mid-to-late round pick. Watch him play and he’ll remind you a bit of Rodney McLeod. He does have some experience in the slot, but I think he’s at his best playing back and attacking up the field. Reaves has solid size at 5-10, 202. He is a good tackler and solid hitter. He should be a good STer with his physicality and athleticism. It is possible he could develop into a starter in the future, but Reaves could be a solid role player early in his career. He wasn’t a great playmaker in college. Reaves picked off 8 career passes and had 22 pass deflections. He did have 20.5 TFLs, which shows you that he can make plays in the box. He’s not afraid to mix it up with the big boys.

The Radicalization of American Football - The Atlantic
When Malcolm Jenkins heard about Donald Trump’s tweets condemning National Football League players for kneeling during the national anthem, he was unruffled. Jenkins is a man of convictions and bespoke suits. At 30, he is one of the top defensive players in the NFL. He has the versatility to play multiple positions, shows catlike quickness down the field, and is strong enough to knock ballcarriers off their routes. As a captain of the Philadelphia Eagles, he recently helped lead his team to a Super Bowl title. And as a co-founder of the Players Coalition—an organization that fights injustices disproportionately affecting African Americans—he can cite police-shooting statistics and discuss the finer points of Pennsylvania’s proposed Clean Slate legislation, which would seal criminal records for people charged with minor offenses. So when the president wrote a series of tweets calling for protesting NFL players to be fired, Jenkins just shrugged. “It was like any other troll,” he told me.

Possible trades and draft philosophy in Eagles mailbag - NBC Sports Philadelphia
I don’t know. Now, before you kill me for that answer: they don’t know either. The Eagles won’t know until that night. It really depends on how the draft shakes out before then. If there’s a prominent player (quarterback … Lamar Jackson) on the board at 32, then the Eagles will probably get some offers. That happened a few years ago when Teddy Bridgewater was drafted. The Eagles have only six picks and don’t have a second- or third-rounder, so the idea of trading back is attractive. It will depend on how many players they like at the spot. If there’s a guy that’s clearly ahead of the others, they draft him. If they like five guys around the same and have the opportunity to trade back four spots, why not?

Arizona Cardinals to bring in Connor Barwin for visit - Revenge of the Birds
Barwin hasn’t played much of a defensive end position in the NFL, he has mostly played as a 3-4 outside linebacker and has been a steady player, especially over the last three years of his career. He is not much of a pass rusher at this juncture in his career, but he is a strong player against the run and can offer some secondary rushing at this point.

Ranking the Safety prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft - PFF
2. Ronnie Harrison, Alabama. Harrison is at his best playing closer to the line of scrimmage, where he can be a factor against bigger receivers and make plays in the run game (85.1 run-defense grade in 2017). He’ll struggle if he needs to match up against shiftier slot receivers or if he needs to play too much single-high free safety, but he has an excellent feel for the short pass game as a zone defender and fits a traditional strong safety or dime linebacker role very well.

Futures: Taven Bryan - Football Outsiders
Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan falls right in line with that description. Bryan is fascinating because he clearly has the traits of an elite defensive lineman, but he struggles to put it together in a manner that leads to consistent production. It’s easy to see why some teams and analysts are high on Bryan. When he puts his athletic gifts together with sound process, he has elite flashes. At his peak, he’s capable of doing things on the field that only the top-tier NFL defensive linemen are capable of doing. He has moments where he looks like the next Ndamukong Suh.

Q&A with Joe Banner: Which teams have or haven’t improved; the mysterious case of Andrew Luck’s shoulder; and more NFL Draft thoughts - The Athletic
They gained Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, Ndamukong Suh and Brandin Cooks, and lost Robert Quinn, Alec Ogletree, Sammy Watkins and Trumaine Johnson. Cooks has moved now from two teams that should have been good fits for him. My own opinion is he’s good but he’s not as tough as the top quality receivers in the league. Suh has been, at best, a less-than-middle-of-the-road type of guy, whether we’re talking effort or just having some idiosyncrasies about him. Talib is 32 years old, which creates significant injury risk and has had, at various points, challenges both in and outside the locker room. And I worked with (Chiefs coach) Andy Reid for 14 years. He does not suspend and then be part of trading Peters if there are not some really significant challenges there. So I put some degree of question mark on all of them. I’m not saying all four of these guys are going to blow up, but there are some question marks beyond pure talent on all four guys.

Meet The Prospect: MJ Stewart -
Fran Duffy breaks down the play of UNC cornerback MJ Stewart and why he would be a great fit for the slot corner role in the NFL.

NFL Draft Rumors Start in Cleveland, Where No. 1 Overall Pick is No Sure Thing - Sports Illustrated
A trip around the draft rumor mill includes: where the Browns stand two weeks out; Denver eyeing a move down; the Lamar Jackson mystery; and much more. Other sections include: the big step taken by Odell Beckham; why Aaron Rodgers’ next contract might not be easy; the draft’s other Allen; and much more.

Report: Jerry Jones will meet with Dez Bryant on Friday to discuss the future - Blogging The Boys
It’s been a long road this offseason as we have been waiting on the Dallas Cowboys to make a decision on the future of Dez Bryant. It could be that this Friday will be an important moment in the saga as it’s being reported Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant will finally have the fateful meeting we’ve all been hearing about.

Report: Landon Collins could need second surgery on his broken forearm - Big Blue View
Mike Garafolo of is reporting that New York Giants All-Pro safety Landon Collins could need a second surgery to help his fractured forearm heal.

Connor Williams is a big, mean athlete with great technique - SB Nation
The more I watched Connor Williams play, the more he grew on me. The first time I ran through his tape, I put a little too much weight on some of his “bad” plays, when he was beaten in one-on-one pass rush situations. The more I paid attention, however, the more I realized they were the exceptions.Williams has some of the best footwork for a tackle that I have seen in a while. Generally when he did get beat, it was just because the pass rusher avoided Williams’ hands. But Williams was usually still in front of the guy because of those quick feet.


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