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All-Trades 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Barnwell proposes 32 wild deals - ESPN
Eagles get: CB Trae Waynes, 2-50, 6-190 ... Vikings get: 1-25 ... The Eagles gave cornerback Ronald Darby a one-year, $6.5 million deal this offseason to come back, but Howie Roseman is one of the most creative and aggressive general managers in the league when it comes to acquiring talent at positions of need. The Eagles have possible options at the position with the likes of Jalen Mills and Sidney Jones, but they need as much help at corner as possible. In this deal, he goes after Waynes, who is on what amounts to a one-year deal for $9.1 million on a Vikings team already deep at cornerback and unlikely to retain him next year in free agency. Minnesota can move up and use yet another first-round pick at the position to supplement Xavier Rhodes and Mike Hughes, who would be promoted to the starting lineup with Waynes’ departure. The Eagles would move down 25 spots in the draft, but they would likely come away with a compensatory pick for Waynes in free agency next season. [BLG Note: This trade ain’t happening.]
Predicting the Eagles’ final record for the 2019 NFL season - BGN
As stated ad nauseam, the feeling here is that Wentz is poised for a bounce back year. We all saw how special he was after having a full offseason to prepare for 2017. Wentz has made a habit out of proving his doubters wrong and he could easily do it once again this year. Aside from Wentz, the Eagles still have one of the best head coaches in the league in Pederson. Schwartz’s defense, at the very least, should be good enough to not be a liability. Howie Roseman has assembled a lot of talent on this roster. There hasn’t been a repeat winner in the NFC East the Eagles did it in 2004. I don’t think the Cowboys are going to break that streak this season. Instead, it’ll be the Eagles who reclaim the throne in advance of making another playoff run.
2019 SB Nation Writers Mock Draft, Eagles’ Selection - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton has final say in who the Eagles’ take in the SBNation 2019 NFL Draft Writer’s Mock! Who will make the best case for who to select at #25 overall? Will Michael Kist convince BLG to add to the defensive trenches? Or will Benjamin Solak sell him on grabbing versatile playmaker to add to the secondary? Or will he swerve them all for his own choice?! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Eagles 2019 NFL Draft preview: Defensive end - PhillyVoice
Clelin Ferrell was a redshirt sophomore a season ago who could have come out and likely would have been a first-round pick, but he opted to stay at Clemson for one last season. Ferrell has good size for a 4-3 defensive end at the NFL level. While he plays on a loaded Clemson defensive line, you can see in the below video that he creates his own pressure. In addition to being a a good pass rusher, Ferrell plays hard and is also a good run defender, much like Derek Barnett when he came out in 2017. Projected round: 1.
Schedule is Out - Iggles Blitz
Kill the Goat? It is fun to talk trash about Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the Patriots, but regardless of how you feel, this is a special group. And this could be the last time the Eagles face the Big Bad Patriots. Tom Brady has never lost a regular season game in Philly. It would be great to change that.
Taking a first glance at the 2019 Eagles schedule - PE.com
A huge one. Dallas at Lincoln Financial Field, late season, national television audience. It doesn’t get a whole lot better than that.
Eagles options at No. 25: DT Jeffery Simmons - NBCSP
Just a couple years ago, the Eagles gambled by drafting Sidney Jones with the No. 43 pick after he tore his Achilles during the pre-draft process. While some fans are getting restless about his contributions so far, it’s too early to say whether or not that gamble will pay off. But gambling at 43 is a lot easier to stomach than gambling at 25. Perhaps the Eagles would feel more comfortable taking Simmons in the second round. Just from a player/fit standpoint, Simmons would definitely be a match with the Eagles’ defensive scheme. He was an early mock draft favorite for the Birds for easy-to-see reasons.
2019 NFL Draft: Four players who could be first-round surprises - NFL.com
Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia. Several scouts and executives said Round 1 is too rich for them here. But Thornhill has a lot going for him: length, coverage ability, versatility. His Wonderlic test score improved dramatically from last spring to the NFL Scouting Combine, once he’d actually prepared for it. “And he’s got picks -- ball production,” an AFC executive said of Thornhill, who had 13 interceptions at UVA (including six this past season) while bouncing between cornerback and safety. A high school basketball star, Thornhill put up the type of numbers at the combine -- a 4.42 40-yard dash, 44-inch vertical jump, 11-foot-9 broad jump and 21 bench reps at 6-foot, 205 pounds -- that make talent evaluators take a second look at the tape. One AFC scout compared it to the 2015 combine performance of Byron Jones, another versatile DB the Cowboys took at No. 27 overall. ”You didn’t quite see that (speed) on film, and same with those testing numbers. (Thornhill) doesn’t stand out in terms of athleticism,” the scout said. “But he is productive.” [BLG Note: All four of these guys could be in play for the Eagles.]
Solak: Safety Rankings - The Draft Network
1) Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida. I’m infatuated with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. I love his demeanor and intensity, especially early in games as a tone-setter. He brings the thunder to contact but knows how to come to balance, settle, wrap, and drive. He plays the ball like an alpha and can fill any coverage role on the field. Dude’s a true combo safety. The inconsistencies on 2017 tape don’t so much worry me as they do excite me. CGJ is an ascending prospect who clearly took to coaching and stepped up into a void on the Florida defense. His ceiling is tremendous.
Norris: 2019 NFL Draft Big Board - Rotoworld
4. WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State. Age: 23 | Athletic Profile: 80th percentile. Where He Wins: Chris Ballard talks about the difficulties in evaluating receivers out of college, mainly due to them not facing physical press coverage. That is not Butler, as he has plenty of snaps face up against corners. Variety of releases versus press. Sometimes a bit slow with those releases, but he doesn’t give up and creates that separation. Used all over the formation. Powerful YAC vs Oklahoma. Outstanding body control to adjust on floated targets. Heck, even saw him sink his hips and run a whip route on 4th down versus Iowa. At 6-foot-5, 227 pounds. Forecast: I don’t understand why Butler isn’t viewed as the No. 1 receiver in this class. I understand there were drops last season, but I try not to let a percentage of snaps cloud an entire list of positives. Butler wins at every level from every alignment.
Futures: Darnell Savage - Football Outsiders
There has never been a better time to be an undersized safety than right now. As the sport evolves, a once-held premium on size and strength has shifted towards speed and versatility. Safeties such as Tyrann Mathieu, Budda Baker, Lamarcus Joyner, Damarious Randall, and Vonn Bell have found varying levels of success while measuring in shorter than 6-foot and lighter than 200 pounds. They are the new wave of safety play in the NFL. Following in their footsteps is Maryland’s Darnell Savage Jr. Savage measured in a hair under 5-foot-11 and 196 pounds at the NFL combine. With a 4.36-second 40-yard dash (97th percentile) and 4.14-second short shuttle (67th percentile), his combine profile drew a comparison to the aforementioned Randall, per Mockdraftable. If speed and short-area burst are necessities for a smaller safety, Savage checks those boxes with ease. The other important box to check is versatility. Savage has it in spades. Maryland primarily operated out of two-deep safety shells during Savage’s time as a starter, but he was their most movable and versatile piece. Though asked to play plenty of match-quarters, Savage also played man coverage as a slot defender, solo man coverage in the red zone, and hook/robber zones over the middle of the field.
Final Pre-Draft Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings: Running Backs - RotoExperts
1. Darrell Henderson, Memphis: Henderson is the best running back in this class. He was more productive than any other running back in the country, averaging almost nine yards per carry in his college career. Henderson than ran a 4.49 40 at the combine and was one of the few running backs in this class that actually did not disappoint in athletic testing. Darrell Henderson is a better prospect than any other running back in this class and I wouldn’t laugh if an NFL team took him in the second round.
N’Keal Harry may be the 2019 NFL Draft’s top big-play weapon - PFF
When it comes to making big plays happen, the 2019 NFL Draft class at receiver is full of capable athletes who have shown a penchant for big-play moments. None, however, have done it more often, or when it mattered most, than Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry. For the season, Harry finished with the draft class’ ninth-highest receiving grade at 86.2 and the class’ 12th-highest overall grade at 83.7. He was a regular sight on highlight reels but he was far more than just a spectacular play waiting to happen, he was a dependable receiver across the field who also possessed the ability to bring down any pass thrown his way.
The Reason Russell Wilson Is Worth Every Penny - The Ringer
There’s a theory that perhaps teams should always trade their quarterback once it comes time to pay him and replace him with a cheaper one. It’s a fine strategy for a team like the Bears, who could probably easily replace Mitchell Trubisky and pass the savings on to other skill-position players. But it wasn’t wise for the Seahawks. The rising cap means these so-called megadeals are barely that: Over The Cap has a clever metric that calculates the value of a contract adjusted the inflation of the salary cap. By that metric, Brett Favre’s deal in 1997, and Carson Palmer’s in 2005 were larger contracts than $35 million per season. The Seahawks are paying Russell Wilson a lot of money, but they aren’t overpaying him. Those are two very different things, and they are the difference between winning and losing.
Here’s proof you can find RB value anywhere in the 2019 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Actually, let’s talk about Darwin Thompson for a second. A three-star transfer from NE Oklahoma A&M, the Jenks, Oklahoma, product was un-damn-believable for Utah State last season. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in barely 150 carries. He rushed more than 20 times per game just once but had seven games with 90-plus yards all the same. His 50.3 percent success rate was fifth among the prospects we’re tracking here. His explosiveness was better than that of everyone but the two most explosive college backs in this batch (Memphis’ Darrell Henderson and Stanford’s Bryce Love), too. Below, we’ll see that his receiving numbers were also among the class’s best, too. After a slow start (9 yards per catch through seven games), he caught 11 balls for 243 yards and two scores over the second half of the season. He basically aces all three on-field tests here, and he also posted a 40-inch pro-day vertical. Using numbers alone, he might be the most valuable back here.
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