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NFL draft do-overs: Let’s re-pick ... and fix mistakes for all 32 teams - ESPN
First round of the 2014 draft (No. 26 overall). Actual pick: Marcus Smith, DE, Lousiville. Do-over pick: DeMarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State. With their list of primary targets already off the board, the Eagles traded back and selected Smith, who was coming off a 16-sack season at Louisville. The production didn’t transfer to the pros, as Smith notched just four sacks in three seasons with the Eagles before he was cut. Lawrence was taken eight picks later by Dallas and has 34 career sacks and two Pro Bowl appearances under his belt.

Charles Johnson, Eagles officially agree to contract - BGN
Pro Football Focus graded Johnson — the AAF’s all-time leading receiver — as the best player at his position in the now defunct league. The 6-2, 216 pound pass catcher was targeted 68 times for 45 receptions, 687 yards (15.3 average), and five touchdowns in eight games with the Orlando Apollos. Johnson’s quarterback had a 123.8 passer rating while targeting him, which was good for sixth best in the league.

Special: The Pro Day Circuit with Andrew DiCecco - BGN Radio
Michael Kist brings on Andre DiCecco of Eagles Wire to talk about the four Pro Days DiCecco attended (Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, and Temple) with details about the prospects performing there, PLUS the Eagles have brought in another running back for an official visit! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

More Eagles Draft Talk - Iggles Blitz
I don’t think Ed Oliver is going to fall to 25. The Eagles are likely trying to figure out just how much they like him. If Oliver falls to a certain spot, is he worth moving up for? Howie Roseman has always believed in targeting special players. If the Eagles think Oliver could be special, he might be worth a trade. Oliver would be a good fit in Jim Schwartz’s scheme. Schwartz wants DL that can fire upfield and be disruptive. That is Oliver to a tee. Is Oliver a sure thing? No. Some undersized players do great in the NFL. Aaron Donald is a freak. Geno Atkins has had a terrific career. Other guys don’t make it. I think Oliver is so good that he’s worth taking a chance on, but there is risk. It is hard for me to talk about the Eagles moving up for him. This is a talented group of DTs. The Eagles need young talent. I think they need to be careful with their picks. Still, if Oliver proves to be a game-changer, he’d be worth a steep price.

The Eagles’ three-year plan: Which players will still be on the team in 2022? - The Athletic
Of the 49 players who were active for at least six games in 2016, only 17 remain in the Eagles’ plans for 2019. That was a roster ravaged by Chip Kelly’s comical mishandling of personnel, but the lesson remains. Notably, the inimitable Jason Peters is the only player still on the Eagles’ roster who was older than 28 in 2016. There are 15 players 29 or older in line for roles on the 2019 Eagles. Predicting what the Eagles’ roster will look like in 2022 is a fruitless exercise, but we could all use a little more exercise. It also helps contextualize the Eagles’ long-term needs as they head into this year’s draft. Here, then, is a position-by-position look at the 43 players ticketed for some semblance of a role on the 2019 Eagles, broken into four categories.

With 2019 NFL draft on horizon, breaking down Eagles’ roster by draft round - NBCSP
Among all these players, Cox is probably the biggest slam dunk. He’s been a perennial Pro Bowler and one of the Eagles’ best players for a long time now. Johnson is 1A. since he’s the best right tackle in the NFL. It might be too early to make a determination on Wentz, but the ceiling here could make him one of the greatest picks in Eagles history, even after trading up to No. 2 to get him. Agholor and Graham have found success after slow starts. Among the other former first-round picks, Long probably hasn’t lived up to being the No. 2 pick in the 2008 draft, but who cares? The Eagles didn’t use a first-round pick on him. They brought him in as an aging veteran and he has been a big part of their teams in recent years. As for Jenkins, there’s a reason Sean Payton considers letting Jenkins go one of the biggest missteps during his time in New Orleans.

Contents of Terrell Owens storage locker go for $4,000 at auction - PFT
Hall of Fame receiver Terrell Owens had a storage locker in Georgia, for which he apparently stopped paying the bill. When that happens, the contents eventually are sold at auction. Via, a Georgia man outbid 20 to 30 others to secure the contents of the locker, for slightly more than $4,000.

Solak: Offensive Tackle Positional Rankings - The Draft Network
1) Cody Ford, IOL, Oklahoma. You won’t find Ford as OT1 for many, but you also won’t find many with Ford as a Top-10 overall player. I’m the whole package there, baby. They don’t make movers like Ford every year, man -- he’s one of the most dynamic movers at 330 pounds I’ve ever seen. Explosive coming into contact, explosive firing back into his kick-slide, explosive with his punch and counterpunch throughout the rep. High-effort, nasty, intelligent tackle and bonafide Pro Bowl potential.

Meet The Prospect: CB Greedy Williams -
What does cornerback Greedy Williams bring to the table as a prospect? Fran Duffy goes to the film to break down the intriguing corner from LSU and what his biggest strengths will be for his future NFL team.

NFL draft: Ben Fennell breaks down linebacker prospects - Daily News
Terrill Hanks, New Mexico State — Ben’s take: “My [physical] comparisons to him are Darius Leonard, Demario Davis and Daryl Washington. He’s one of those upright, long-legged, long-armed, off-the-ball linebackers. He was a four-year starter and had three years of 100-plus tackles. He’s what I call that halfway player. He’s a SAM linebacker, but he’s also a nickel. He kind of plays in space a little bit like a defensive back, a little bit like a linebacker. So, he’s inserting himself in the box late in the run game and making plays out on the perimeter in bubble action. So you get to see him run and hit it when he sees it. He’s an explosive athlete. A long strider with long arms. He moves very well on the field and is a bit of a thumper when he gets there. He can turn and run in man coverage against tight ends. He fights off blocks. He’s explosive downhill. He always plays with his fists clenched, and just has this attitude about him.”

2018 Offensive Line Continuity Scores - Football Outsiders
Offensive line continuity scores were originally developed by Jason McKinley in the early days of FO (when FO Almanac was still Pro Football Prospectus) and we have since gone back and calculated it for every team since 1999. The continuity scores are based on three variables: number of starters used; number of week-to-week changes in starting lineups; and the longest starting streak of any one five-man unit. A team can earn a maximum of 16 points in any one category (one point per game), meaning a team that started the same five linemen in all 16 games would get a perfect score of 48; the 2018 Los Angeles Rams last year became the 38th team do so, as the quintet of Andrew Whitworth, Rodger Saffold, John Sullivan, Austin Blythe, and Rob Havenstein started ever game, including the playoffs. (This is no doubt a large reason they were able to post the highest adjusted line yards of any offense on record.) Hypothetically, if a team started five brand new linemen every week of the year, they would get a “perfect” score of -57, though of course nobody has ever come close to that.

7 teams that have to ace the 2019 NFL Draft after a quiet free agent period - SB Nation
Washington’s most notable move this offseason was signing Landon Collins for a whopping $84 million. He’ll serve as an upgrade over an underwhelming Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, but he can’t fill the club’s other myriad of problems. New arrival Case Keenum could be an improvement over Colt McCoy at quarterback if he returns to his 2017 peak, or he could be responsible for another lost season if he plays like his 2018 regression. Jamison Crowder and Maurice Harris both left the receiving corps, while Preston Smith, a useful edge rusher, took a massive salary bump to be part of the Packers’ newfound spending strategy in Wisconsin. Dan Snyder’s team is in a tough spot. Last year’s squad did just well enough before Alex Smith’s potentially career-ending injury to push Washington to the 15th pick in this year’s draft, and it’s also out a fourth-rounder thanks to the Clinton-Dix trade last season. It’s been four years since Washington drafted a player who’d go on to the Pro Bowl — a trend the team needs to reverse after sending out more talent than it took in in free agency.


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