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Despite addition of Jordan Howard, running back still high on Eagles’ priority list entering the draft - Daily News
The 5-10, 211-pound Sanders, who rushed for 1,274 yards and nine touchdowns last year after replacing Barkley in the Penn State backfield, is expected to be the second or third running back off the board, after Jacobs and possibly his Alabama teammate, Damien Harris. “Sanders has the most potential of any of the second-day backs,” ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said. “He’s got some explosiveness. He’s got size. He can catch the ball well. “I wouldn’t say he’s a finished product. He can still improve in pass protection and some little things. But I think he’s got the most potential after Josh Jacobs.” The Eagles like Sanders. A lot. But it remains to be seen whether he’ll still be on the board when they select in the second round.

Russell Wilson’s contract extension has implications for the Eagles - BGN
While you were sleeping last night, the Seattle Seahawks made Russell Wilson the highest paid player — not just quarterback — in NFL history. Reports indicate Wilson’s four-year contract is worth a total of $140 million, which comes out to a whopping $35 million per year. Wilson’s new deal has some implications for the Eagles, especially as it relates to Carson Wentz’s future. Here are some thoughts on the matter.

The Kist & Solak Show #91: NFL Draft Big Board Fight! - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak get into it with their yearly 2019 NFL Draft Big Board Fight! The gang compares their top 50 boards, fight over prospects, take umbrage with each other and battle to the death in a winner take all war! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles 2019 NFL Draft preview: Interior offensive line - PhillyVoice
Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State (6’3, 306): Bradbury will be a first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after winning the Rimington Trophy (nation’s top center), impressing at the Senior Bowl, and then killing it at the Combine. Bradbury enrolled at NC State as a tight end, but he moved to guard, and eventually landed at center. Bradbury has outstanding athleticism, but is also powerful enough to handle the big-bodied nose tackle types that Kelce struggled with earlier in his career, even if undersized. If he isn’t gone by the time the Eagles pick, they’d have to consider him.

Excited Eagles in final stages of NFL Draft prep time - PE.com
The NFL Draft, the league’s most impactful offseason event, begins next Thursday and the Eagles have an opportunity to build to an already-talented roster with three selections among the first 57, with seven picks in all. Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas made their annual media rounds on Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex, obviously staying close to the vest on information but also expressing the understanding of the opportunity immediately in front of them. “We have a lot of opportunity here with three picks in the top 57 to really get our kind of guy and get some difference makers in here,” said Douglas, the Eagles’ vice president of personnel. “So, yeah, it’s a very important draft.”

Carson Wentz knows DeSean Jackson is a deep threat like he’s never had - NBCSP
“It’s exciting. It’s, without a doubt, exciting. You see the guy, obviously, the guy is getting up there in age, but the guy still runs like the wind. Impressive on film, [saw] it last year opening play of the game we played them. The guy’s still got it. It’s, without a doubt, exciting. I think he’ll bring a dynamic aspect to our offense. Whether he’s catching balls during the game or whether he’s opening things up underneath, I’m really excited to have him.”

Projecting the most likely Pro Bowl players in the 2019 NFL draft class - ESPN In$ider
3. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson — Pro Bowl-caliber chance: 53 percent. What happens in our model when a prospect barely participates in drills at the combine? The model works with what is available. Whatever information it has -- in this case, height, weight, wingspan, 40-yard dash and bench press -- to project how the player would have performed in the other events. While Lawrence’s speed didn’t stand out, his overall size does. And so when combined with the size, his speed actually is quite impressive. That combo is the real driver here. Add that into a solid Scouts Inc. grade (88) -- which is the largest factor in the model -- and it thinks Lawrence has a high chance of becoming one of the league’s top defensive tackles.

Solak: Cornerback Rankings - The Draft Network
1) Byron Murphy — CB, Washington: We know the NFL doesn’t love this cornerback class -- and sure, this class isn’t great -- but I don’t know how you don’t love Byron Murphy. With his instincts in zone coverage, willingness to close and tackle, and transitional speed, Murphy’s a Day 1 starter for zone-heavy teams, and his profile in man coverage ain’t too shabby either. Can’t understate how important Murphy’s ball skills are, either -- Murphy’s aggressive play demeanor and ball mentality allow him to generate interceptions, which elite corners absolutely must do at the NFL level. He’s an easy first-rounder to me.

Ranking the 2019 NFL Draft’s top-five wide receivers by deep receiving yards in 2018 - PFF
Hakeem Butler, Iowa State (721): Hakeem Butler is so much more than a big-bodied possession receiver. The 6-foot-5, 227-pound Iowa State product can stretch the field, as evidenced by his FBS-high 721 deep receiving yards in 2018. He caught 19-of-37 targets, including eight contested catches, of 20-plus yards for 721 yards and four touchdowns in 2018.

NFL Draft Analytics Top 300 - Rotoworld
These running backs are sorted by projected approximate value per game. Since there are two models here, it’s possible that a running back with a worse percentile is listed above a running back with a higher percentile. … Underrated: Darrell Henderson, Bryce Love if healthy, Darwin Thompson, James Williams, Alexander Mattison, Mike Weber. … Overrated: Josh Jacobs if he goes top-25, David Montgomery, Alex Barnes, Benny Snell.

One Play to Explain Each of the 2019 NFL Draft’s Top Prospects - The Ringer
Marquise Brown is fast. He’s, like, really fast. He’s fast out of his stance. He’s fast while eating up a defensive back’s cushion. And he’s fast at running away from defenders at the third level. Take this play against Oklahoma State, where Brown, running a simple deep crosser from the slot, beats cornerback Tanner McCalister in a foot race to the end zone. It doesn’t even look fair. When going up against Brown, defenses need help over the top for their help over the top. Brown’s tape is littered with deep bombs like this, but his speed shows up on more than just deep routes. He’s dangerous after the catch and is tough to handle on screen plays. After undergoing Lisfranc surgery, the former Sooner will have to prove he hasn’t lost any of that rare, blazing speed. If he hasn’t, don’t be surprised when he’s running past defensive backs very early in his career.

NFL players host community forum with district attorney candidate on criminal justice reform - WTAE
Former Pittsburgh Steeler Will Allen and Philadelphia Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins are using their stardom to bring attention to criminal justice reform. Allen said, “To (those whom) much is given, much is required. I know people say it in a cliché manner, but whenever you have a platform of influence that is the mentality you should have, one of humility and service.” The two are part of the nonprofit group Players Coalition.

Daniel Jeremiah Mock Draft 3.0 - Daniel Jones to the Giants at sixth overall - Big Blue View
Jones had the 13th highest completion rate out of 22 quarterback prospects, and things got worse from there. His yards per completion was the lowest, success rate was third lowest, success rate was third-lowest, marginal efficiency was the lowest, and adjusted net yards per attempt was the second worst in the class. If history (strongly) suggests that those marks are his ceiling in the NFL, that is a worrying prospect for drafting him at any point, let alone sixth overall. [BLG Note: Do it, Gettleman!]

Cardinals’ non-Kyler Options at No. 1, Montez Sweat Off Some Boards, More Draft Thoughts - MMQB
We’ve been bullish on the stock of LSU’s Devin White and Michigan’s Devin Bush over the last few weeks (check out the MMQB’s latest mock draft), and one reason why is because there’s not a lot of depth in the off-ball linebackers behind them. Alabama’s Mack Wilson is probably the next guy, and he’s more of a two-down linebacker. And after that, there’s another dropoff. So teams that need one, like Oakland, Tampa, Denver and Cincinnati, can make sense of the idea of taking White or Bush at a higher point than guys at those positions usually go.

How a ‘shadow’ helped set up the Eli Manning-Philip Rivers trade, according to the GMs who made it happen - SB Nation
With the Chargers’ and Giants’ trade now 15 years in the rearview mirror, A.J. Smith and Ernie Accorsi share some never-before-revealed details of the Eli Manning-Philip Rivers swap.

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