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Eagles Corey Clement to give Rowan commencement speech - Press of AC
Glassboro native and rookie Eagles running back Corey Clement was named this week as the speaker for Rowan University’s 93rd Commencement ceremony next month. Clement, 23, will address the Class of 2018 at Rowan’s Richard Wackar Stadium 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Clement grew up in Glassboro, where he played for Glassboro High School. While there, he set the South Jersey record with 6,245 career rushing yards and 90 touchdowns.

2018 NFL Draft as Voted by SB Nation: 32nd Overall - BGN
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Eagles 2018 NFL Draft preview: Cornerback - PhillyVoice
Hughes is a tough player who can play inside and stick with shifty slot receivers. He would potentially fill three needs -- slot corner, kick returner, and punt returner. Hughes does have character concerns. He enrolled at North Carolina in 2015 as a four-star recruit, but left UNC after he was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury. He played one year at Garden City Community College, where he dominated, before transferring to UCF. In addition to bringing him in for a visit, the Eagles will also almost certainly ask receiver (and former UNC player) Mack Hollins and former UNC receivers coach Gunter Brewer for their opinions of Hughes. If all checks out, Hughes would absolutely make sense in the first round.

Explosive Talent - Iggles Blitz
Jones would be in play at pick 32 or if the team moved back into the 2nd round. He is one of the most explosive RBs in the draft and would give the Eagles their fastest runner in a long time. Jones ran 4.39 at the Combine and had a 36.5-inch vertical jump. That speed and explosiveness isn’t just for workouts. It shows up on game tape. Remember Jay Ajayi getting loose on the long run in Dallas? Or Corey Clement’s long catch and run in the Super Bowl? Both were caught from behind. Jones would give the Eagles a faster, more dynamic threat. He would make a great offense even more dangerous.

Mel Kiper’s favorite 2018 NFL draft prospects at every position - ESPN
Cornerback: Jaire Alexander, Louisville. OK, hear me out: Alexander has Deion Sanders-type swagger. No, he’s not Deion Sanders, the best cover cornerback in the history of the NFL. But Alexander plays football with Sanders’ confidence. Alexander knows he’s going to lock down receivers, and he lets them know. Knee and hand injuries forced Alexander to miss several games last season, but the 2016 tape shows a lockdown corner with great ball skills -- he had five interceptions. He’s also a fantastic punt returner, which means he’s great running with the ball after he snags interceptions. Alexander could be picked in the top 20. Projection: First round.

Jordan Hicks Update And The MLB Question -
When he’s been on the field as the middle man in the Eagles’ defense, Jordan Hicks has been an outstanding football player. He’s always around the ball. He has a knack for takeaways. He rarely makes a mental mistake, and Hicks has the physical tools to be stout against the run and stay on the field to play sideline to sideline in pass coverage ...

Don’t write off Eagles RB Donnel Pumphrey quite yet - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Keep in mind, Pumphrey did have a legitimate hamstring injury last summer that caused him to miss time in training camp. Not a lot of work was lost, but it’s unclear how that impacted his preseason performance. It at least might explain the seeming lack of athleticism, and was perhaps related to his IR trip.

Futures: Ronnie Harrison - Football Outsiders
Versatility is a premium on defense. The more multi-faceted players a defense employs, the tougher it is for an offense to pinpoint and expose a weakness. Players such as Harrison Smith, a do-it-all safety, and Lorenzo Alexander, a hybrid pass-rusher and off-ball linebacker, allow a defensive coordinator to get creative without necessarily changing personnel. Alabama’s Ronnie Harrison fits the mold of the multi-faceted safety that NFL teams desire. Harrison can play as a single-high centerfielder, work in man coverage out of the slot, and handle run responsibilities as an alley player. Though Harrison’s role was a bit more defined than teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick’s, Harrison was every bit as versatile and necessary to Alabama’s defensive structure.

2018 NFL Draft narrative busters - PFF
Saquon Barkley is a generational running back: False. When the hype train gets moving, it’s difficult to temper expectations for players we really like. While Barkley is our top running back in the draft class, he’s not a perfect prospect across the board, and his work as a pure rusher is not as clean as other backs from previous classes or even in this class. Barkley’s receiving skills separate him from the pack as he’s a potential mismatch weapon, both out of the backfield and when lined up wide, but as a runner, he does not maximize the yardage given by his run-blocking. He’s often too quick to look for the home run when a three or four-yard gain is there to be had, and this may lead to a bit too much dependence on his offensive line at the next level. Make no mistake, when plays are blocked well, Barkley is an explosive, big-play threat, but his inconsistency may lead to a boom-or-bust style as a runner.

Can Josh Allen convince Giants to take draft’s biggest gamble? - Big Blue View
Josh Allen is visiting the New York Giants on Wednesday as the team wraps up visits with all of the quarterbacks considered likely to be selected among the first few picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Giants, of course, have the No. 2 overall pick in the draft. Would they use it on Allen, the rocket-armed but erratic Wyoming quarterback?

8 sleepers you probably haven’t heard of in the 2018 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Alex Cappa, OT, Humboldt State: Cappa is the perfect example of how the Senior Bowl can help a draft prospect. Before it, he was considered a late-round player. But after the Humboldt State blocker showed he’s physical and can hold his own, Cappa has turned himself into a mid-round player. Cappa moves pretty well for a tackle, and plays with good strength. A year of development to hone his technique, and Cappa becomes a starter at either tackle or guard.

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