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Seven-round NFL Mock Draft 2019: 254 picks, 34 trades and full breakdowns for all 32 teams - CBS Sports
With their new first pick, the team selected Lindstrom, a plug-and-play guard who can step right in between Jason Peters and Jason Kelce. Thornhill is an excellent free safety prospect who might also be able to play corner. No. 53 should be a great spot of the draft to find secondary talent. The team uses its other second-round pick to trade back 11 spots and pick up Darron Lee, a middle linebacker who has fallen out of favor in New York, before using the early third-round pick on Boykin, who tested through the roof at the combine and has future No. 1 receiver potential even if he’s not one of the most touted WR prospects in this class.

Brandon Brooks defends Carson Wentz, talks about his rehab, and more - BGN
Nick Foles, you can never take away what he did. Tremendous person, tremendous teammates, tremendous talent. Started off hot, he’s been at the top and at the bottom, back at the top. He’s seen it all. Just an overall great dude, not enough good things I can say about him. But people also forget, that year we were 11-1 because of Carson Wentz now. Let’s not get that twisted. Without Carson, basically at that time, being the league MVP, we not sitting in the number one seed with a bye. You see what I’m saying?

Mailbag: How has the drafting (or non-drafting) of running backs evolved over time? - PhillyVoice
As the NFL has turned into more of a passing league, and more recently, as teams have gotten smarter about not over-drafting running backs, those number have fallen significantly.

Inside Luis Perez’s unorthodox path to the Eagles -
At one point, Luis Perez wanted to be a pro bowler. Not a Pro Bowl player in the NFL. An actual pro bowler. Perez recalls always having a football in his hands as a child and dreamed of one day being a quarterback. But when he tried out for the team at Otay Ranch High School in Chula Vista, California, the coaches wanted him to play wide receiver and “the love kind of went away” for the game. He decided to pour his energy into bowling with an eye on becoming a professional. He bowled for the first time at a birthday party for his father Juan, who was a professional soccer player in Mexico. The younger Perez was 9 or 10 years old at the time and was hooked. With 12 perfect games on his résumé, Perez was on the right path until he was struck by the energy and excitement of watching his friends play in the last home football game of their senior year.

An Eagle makes his nest in Medford - The Medford Sun
Recently liberated from his walking boot, Brooks has been anything but idle and is attacking his rehab with full force. He said he’s working out on an underwater treadmill at the Novacare Complex and will soon make his way to the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, which uses pressurized air to take the impact off walking and running. About a month ago, Brooks started taking martial arts classes to add a bit of cardio into his routine. “As long as it doesn’t set me back or I don’t have any pain, I’ll do as much as I can,” Brooks said. He said the healing time on an Achilles’ injury can span anywhere from six to eight months, but his doctors will have a better gauge on where he’s at after his checkup in May.

Projecting the top edge rushers in the 2019 NFL draft - ESPN In$ider
Clemson has sent a lot of edge rushers to the NFL with varying degrees of success. According to SackSEER, Clelin Ferrell is a thoroughly average draft prospect who probably does not belong in the first two rounds. Ferrell had few passes defensed in college and his sack numbers were just OK. Ferrell did not do a complete workout at the combine and did not work out at his pro day due to a toe injury. The only SackSEER-relevant drill Ferrell performed was the 3-cone, which was a below-average 7.26 seconds.

2019 NFL Draft: Minimum RB Thresholds - DraftKings
Miles Sanders, Penn State: Thresholds met: 6-of-6. Athletic freaks continue to flow out of Happy Valley. Perhaps overshadowed by Saquon Barkley, Sanders quietly stepped right into the feature role last season and went off for 1,274 rushing yards, 24 catches plus nine touchdowns. He backed that up with arguably the best Combine performance in this weak running back class. The 5’11/211 Sanders banged out 20 bench press reps, ran a 4.49 and was among the leaders in vertical as well as broad jump. Dumping the expectation of being the next Saquon is not fair to Sanders, but he has the athletic profile of a fantasy star. I’ll be watching Sanders’ landing spot closely.

NFL draft: Ben Fennell breaks down the offensive tackles - Daily News
“Andre Dillard didn’t get a lot of attention playing out there in eastern Washington. But they were a competitive team and he was a big reason why. They ran the air-raid offense with tons of dropbacks but didn’t allow many sacks. Their line only gave up 13 sacks the whole year out of over 700 dropbacks. There weren’t a lot of elite pass rushers in the Pac-12 the last two years, so he didn’t face great competition. But he showed up at the Senior Bowl and dominated all of the top guys. He looked good against Jaylon Ferguson. He looked good against Montez Sweat. Then he showed up at the combine and had all the movement patterns. He’s very athletic. Great out in space. He can get up to the second level. He can run the arc with athletic speed rushers. And he’s a left tackle all day long.”

Caleb Sturgis working out for Bears - PFT
We heard last week that the Bears were going to work out a pair of kickers who became free agents when the Alliance of American Football shut its doors, but their search for more reliable work at the position won’t stop there. Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports that Caleb Sturgis will be showing his stuff to the team on Wednesday. Younghoe Koo and Nick Rose are the ex-AAFers who will be trying out. [BLG Note: Because former Eagles kickers have worked out so well for the Bears.]

Russell Shepard announces his return to Giants - Big Blue View
[BLG Note: The Eagles signed Shepard as an undrafted free agent in 2013 and he’s still in the league.]

PFF’s top-15 wide receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft - Pro Football Focus
2. WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss. Brown was the definition of a complete receiver for Ole Miss. He forced 17 broken tackles, had 34 explosive plays and only dropped five passes on 90 catchable targets.

Three of the NFL’s Most Compelling 2019 Draft Prospects Come From the Michigan Defense - The Ringer
Devin Bush, Rashaan Gary, and Chase Winovich all possess first-round talent and the skills to become valuable professional players. But while Bush is almost a sure bet to go in the top 12, Gary’s and Winovich’s futures are less certain.

Don’t hold your breath on a Russell Wilson extension, but ponder these 3-team trades in the meantime - CBS Sports
The Giants moved on from OBJ, who they thought was trouble, and get a squeaky clean QB who is good for about 10 wins all by himself and immediately makes them vibrant and viable again. Sure, they wouldn’t pick until the third round in this draft, but with Wilson and Saquon Barkley and a tweak here or there, the potential for a robust offense is abundant. Gotta give to get.

Futures: Drew Lock - Football Outsiders
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock benefitted from Patrick Mahomes’ MVP season last year. No, he is not the caliber of prospect Mahomes was, but he is similar in style. Lock was bound to be a top-100 draft pick given that he is a strong-armed four-year starter from the SEC, but the way Mahomes took the league by storm with a backyard style of play probably helped the perception of Lock, even if subconsciously. That is not necessarily a bad thing, either. Quarterbacks who make plays outside the pocket are becoming a necessity, and it has always been true that elite arm strength is commodified in the NFL. Lock’s level of skill and consistency can be debated, but it is no question that he checks the boxes of having arm talent and the ability to play out of traditional structure. Arm talent is Lock’s defining trait. The catch-all term “arm talent” is often a substitute for saying a player can throw the ball far and fast, but it is more than that with Lock. He does throw the ball far and with great velocity, but it is quick and malleable throwing motion that makes his arm so impressive. Lock can maintain velocity and control from any platform, and he can adjust his arm slot when necessary.

2019 NFL mock draft: Dwayne Haskins is the player the Jaguars need and might not pick - SB Nation
I’ll start off by saying I do not think the Jaguars will draft Dwayne Haskins after signing Nick Foles in free agency, but I’m not going to completely rule it out. There is actually a good argument for the team to double down on the position, especially if Haskins is right there for the taking. It’s hard to ignore that the Jaguars have done a lot of work on Haskins this season, including game trips to scout him in person. The contract the team signed Foles to is effectively a two-year deal if he flames out. Haskins offers a Plan B and can sit on the sideline and learn, as experience is one of his biggest knocks. Not only that, but it would be an upgrade over the backup position at a cost-controlled price that’s relatively cheap for a high-end backup. Quarterback depth in the NFL is terrible and the Philadelphia Eagles proved twice that if you have good depth there, your season isn’t necessarily in the tank. If something happens to Foles, who has never played a 16-game season, would you rather trot out a rookie Haskins or Cody Kessler?


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