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NFL GM Power Rankings: John Dorsey, Kevin Colbert rank top 5 -
2) Howie Roseman - The Eagles are the model for today’s flexible front office, with Roseman leaning equally on traditional scouting (vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas) and analytics (VP of of football operations and strategy Alec Halaby). That approach shows up in the team’s emphasis on line play on both sides of the ball, along with an attitude in free agency that doesn’t fear uncertainty. The Eagles entered this offseason with major salary cap questions, yet found room to add DeSean Jackson, Malik Jackson, Jordan Howard and re-sign Brandon Graham and Ronald Darby without experiencing a roster bloodletting.

Here’s a list of every known 2019 NFL Draft prospect the Eagles have shown interest in - BGN
We don’t know exactly who the Philadelphia Eagles will pick in this year’s 2019 NFL Draft but we might be able to figure it out if we look close enough. Below is a list of every prospect from this year’s draft that the Eagles are known to have shown interest in. The pre-draft buildup period often contains various reports of team interest in certain prospects. If you think I’m missing key information, let me know in the comments and include your source. Keep in mind that misinformation is a large part of the draft process. Teams will purposely not show interest in players they like because they don’t want to tip their hand. At the same time, just because the Eagles are showing a lot of interest in a player doesn’t mean it’s just a smokescreen. It’s all a guessing game. But here’s what we do know.

BGN Draft Special #1: Interior Offensive Line Prospects w/Owen Riese - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Owen Riese of Bucky’s 5th Quarter & Inside the Pylon to break down the top interior offensive linemen that the Eagles’ might be eyeing in the first two days of the 2019 NFL Draft!Check out the CheeseheadTV NFL Draft Guide. Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Philadelphia Eagles 2019 NFL Draft board - PhillyVoice
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson: Wilkins’ primary position is at defensive tackle, but he also has extensive experience playing on the edge at defensive end. Typically, it’s defensive ends who can kick inside to defensive tackle, not the other way around, making Wilkins a unique talent. Wilkins is an athletic, disruptive interior player with some nice versatility who would fit nicely in the Eagles’ scheme.

Instant vs Impact - Iggles Blitz
If the Eagles take either Brown or Simmons, they would be adding tremendous talents. But neither player would likely offer much help for 2019. Brown is a clone of DeSean Jackson. But if you have Jackson, you’re not going to sit him for a rookie very often. You can certainly move receivers in and out to give them rest. Still, Jackson is the proven veteran and would be the deep threat you focus on. Brown would provide insurance and there is value in that. If Jackson gets hurt, you’d hate to rely on Mack Hollins to take over as the vertical threat. While Brown may not have experience, he does have legit speed and defenses would have to account for that. Simmons tore his ACL back in February and won’t be in action until mid-season at the earliest. He could offer some help down the stretch or possibly in the postseason. Or his rehab could take a full year and he’s not ready until the 2020 offseason. Is there really any way Howie would spend a first round pick on a player who might not help at all?

Mock Draft: NFL Draft Week - Rotoworld
25. Philadelphia Eagles - T Tytus Howard, Alabama St. Early? Maybe, but the team must plan for life after Jason Peters, as maintaining quality play across their offensive line is key to long term success. I expect Howard to be selected here or within the opening 5 to 10 picks of round two.

Some thoughts setting up a huge Eagles’ draft week -
The many mock drafts out there have been all over the place since the Eagles finished up their free-agency business, and it’s difficult having any kind of feel for where the Eagles might go in the first round, at No. 25 overall. The team truly wants to draft the “best player on the board,” said vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas last week and they have the chance to do so because they’ve done such a good job in free agency. There is a difference between “best player on the board” and “best player at a position of need on the board,” and I truly believe the Eagles are in the former category, not the latter.

McShay’s 2019 NFL draft buzz: What I’m hearing on top prospects, teams, picks - ESPN In$ider
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma: The projections for when this burner might come off the board are all over the place. Although the bulk of the wide receiver group is likely to go on Day 2, Brown is still a probable first-round pick -- but expect him to go in the back half, with teams concerned about the foot injury that caused him to miss pre-draft workouts.

Eagles NFL draft options at No. 25: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson - NBCSP
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a hard-hitting safety from Florida with tremendous versatility. He can play virtually anywhere — single high, in the slot, in the box and he may even be able to work in at outside corner, and that versatility makes him one of the most coveted defensive back prospects in this year’s draft. He does need more consistency in his game and sometimes is a victim of a lack of discipline in his technique, but he’s also athletic and physical enough to make up for his mistakes. His biggest strength is in coverage, and his versatility will allow him to cover backs, tight ends or receivers. Gardner-Johnson needs to be more consistent as a tackler, but he has improved significantly in that area.

NFL draft: Ben Fennell breaks down the ‘gadget’ players - Daily News
“Deebo Samuel is a Percy Harvin-Randall Cobb-type slot receiver, but he looks like a running back. Has a huge bubble butt and big legs on a rocked-up frame. He’s a guy you can give the ball to on jet sweeps, or just line him up in the backfield and give it to him. He’s an effective yards-after-the-catch receiver. You can use him on bubbles and other screens. He can win in the quick game. He’s effective on slants and quick routes, but he also can beat you vertically. Last year, he was a senior coming off a season-ending broken fibula and they had him punt-gunning. In a game I did, he shook the jammer, ran down the field, and jumped on the ball after the returner muffed it. That’s the kind of guy you want on your team. A guy with that type of enthusiasm and effort. He’ll probably go in the second round, but I wouldn’t put it past a team like New England to grab him at the back of Round 1. He’s that special of a player. I’d be shocked if he made it out of the top 50.’’

Regrading the 2018 NFL Draft Trades - The Ringer
Eagles: Philly picked up an extra second-rounder for its troubles and added Dallas Goedert, who served as an excellent complement to tight end Zach Ertz (though the Eagles are docked points for drafting a person named after a division rival). As 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end, three wide receivers) has become the standard formation and defenses have shifted their personnel accordingly, there has been an opening for 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends) to create mismatches. When they were on the field together Ertz and Goedert were hard to stop in 2018, and their presence takes some of the pressure off of the Eagles offensive line. The Eagles used 12 personnel 36 percent of the time, the second-highest rate in the league, according to Sharp Football Stats. Grade: B+

Blip or new normal? The high-water marks in WR/TE fantasy scoring in 2018 - PFF
Zach Ertz had a career year in 2018, setting all-time tight end records in targets (154) and receptions (116) en route to a TE2 finish. On top of that, Dallas Goedert put up a 90-point rookie season as his No. 2. It was the best team tight end season in 2018, the best since 2011, and the third-best (behind the 2011 Patriots and 2007 Chiefs) in the last 13 years. Blip or new normal: Some regression from Ertz wouldn’t be a surprise, but it could be paired by second-year development from Goedert. A 384-point season is unlikely, because that’s always difficult, but the team has as good a duo at the position as any team. High production is the new normal.

2019 NFL Draft: Every team’s best pick of all time, from Tom Brady to Roger Staubach - CBS Sports
Player: LB Chuck Bednarik. Year: 1949. Pick: 1st overall (first round). Before Reggie White and Brian Dawkins brought their trademark grit to Philadelphia, Bednarik modeled prototypical blue-collar production at unprecedented levels. The last of the NFL’s full-time two-way players, he started at both center and linebacker, coming up big in two Eagles championships and earning 10 All-Pro honors over a career defined by hard hits and fearless leadership. Dawkins carried a similar mentality into the 2000s, but it was Bednarik who set the tone for the franchise decades before.

Top NFL draft medical issues - San Diego Union-Tribune
Marquise Brown (wide receiver, Oklahoma) is projected to be picked in the top half of the first round pick. Brown had Lisfranc surgery on his foot in January and was in a boot for the Combine and his pro day. He injured his mid-foot in the Big 12 title game and choose to try and play in the Orange Bowl with minimal success. He had no catches on five targets with two drops and was pulled in the second half. Kudos to him for attempting to play in the bowl game when his foot was clearly subpar. However, it also indicates it wasn’t a full mid-foot fracture/dislocation injury, as that would have made it impossible to even try. This bodes well for his NFL future. Much will depend on the findings from the medical rechecks, but I anticipate that he has a reasonable chance to return to his same form. Assuming a team is comfortable with how the doctor’s report projects from two weeks ago and the fact he will miss the offseason program, his draft stock should not take a significant hit. Brown has a good chance to be ready for training camp. Once fully recovered, there is little chance of re-injury. But he could develop arthritis in his mid-foot area in the long run.

Looks Like Someone Has a Sixpack of the Mondays - Hogs Haven
The Redskins start on the road against the likely favorite to win the division, the Philadelphia Eagles. I like Washington to win because...well, because there is no freaking way they should win. We will literally all tune in expecting a loss and Case Keenum (who I have as our starting quarterback in week one) will come out throwing darts. The Redskins will be the best version of themselves in week one, with everyone healthy (except one guy who is making $20 million) and no game film that indicates the quarterback is going to target only tight ends and backup running backs in the passing game. This win will feel great for Redskins fans, because it will be a situation where we all will have watched the game with fellow Redskins fans and probably NO Eagles fans. In this way, it will feel drastically different from a game against Philly played at FedEx. Don’t get me wrong, Carson Wentz will have the ball in his hands at the buzzer with a chance to win the game, but it says here our first round pick, Clelin Ferrell, will get his hands on Wentz and bring him down to close out the win.

Panthers or Texans Could Trade Up, Don’t Be Surprised If Lions Take a QB, More NFL Draft Rumors - MMQB
We mentioned it before, but it’s worth reiterating: I’m told the Giants, Redskins, Chargers and Dolphins all did touch base with the Cardinals on Josh Rosen, so Arizona has an idea on teams interested, if it does come to trading him. I imagine that would have to happen ahead of the first round, since after that, Jones, Haskins and Missouri’s Drew Lock will be on rosters, taking potential suitors out of the mix.

Scout’s life: How Daniel Jeremiah went from the 20/20 club to NFL Network - The Athletic
He had a sense of humor, too. According to Douglas, Jeremiah would sometimes slip movie references into his reports. Despite the long hours, they loved the work and had fun being around each other. They would crack jokes, play basketball in between meetings and prank each other during training camp. Douglas recalls one time when Jeremiah asked to borrow his car to run an errand. When he got the keys back, he noticed that Jeremiah had left him some surprises. “You turn the car on, all the alarms would go off, the radio’s blasting, your seat, everything, he’d change everything possible in your car,” says Douglas with a laugh. “Rearranged everything, front and back,” So he went into Jeremiah’s room to exact revenge. “I went in and took the mattress, the frame, everything out of his room,” says Douglas. “Except for his personal stuff. The mattress, the box frame and the bed frame, took it all out. … He’s like, ‘C’mon, this was you.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. The hotel staff, they must have been pissed off at something you did.’”

Luck and Vincent were asked about whether interference by McMahon could undermine the work the NFL as done, through rule changes and improved drug policy over the past 15 years? Parents have been reluctant to let their kids play football over concerns of exposure to PEDs and concussions. Could McMahon hurt the NFL’s effort to reverse that trend? Luck said his background being part of a number of programs from youth league to the professional level gives him the expertise no one can challenge, even McMahon. “As a former college player, former NFL player and someone whose got a kid playing football, I’ve been involved professionally with a lot of the health and safety efforts within the game of football,” Luck said. “I served on the board of USA Football, which is the governing body for youth football, trying to bring standards into youth football: better coaching, better technique teaching. I served on the NFL players safety advisory panel for six or seven years, chaired by John Madden and Ronnie Lott and that group makes recommendations to the competition committee by health and safety issues.”

Darwin Thompson thinks he can be the NFL’s late-round Barry Sanders - SB Nation
Don’t call Darwin Thompson a small running back. A 5’8, he’s not one of the taller offensive prospects who will hear their names called at the 2019 NFL Draft, but lumping him in with situational backs like Tarik Cohen and Darren Sproles sells him, well, short. “I’m not gonna grow anymore,” Thompson told me over the phone one week before the draft. “I’m 23 years old. 5’8 is what you’re gonna get out of me, but when I come to your team, I will carve out my role to be a one-, two-, three-down back. I’ll initially start off as a three-down back — that’s what a lot of people see me as — but Ray Rice stood 5’8, 199 [pounds] coming out of college. Jerick McKinnon is 5’8, 5’9. There’s a lot of great backs who stand 5’8 who can play all three downs.”


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