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Eagles find healthy front office culture with Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas - NBCSP
Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas are sitting in comfy chairs facing a couple of dozen members of the media, and the subject of their working relationship comes up. “What do you guys like about working together?” they’re asked. “Not much,” Roseman deadpans, and everybody in the room cracks up. It was funny, and it just goes to show you how terrific the relationship is between the two most important guys in the Eagles’ scouting department. It was a long time coming. Roseman, during his decade running the Eagles’ scouting department, has gone through a number of No. 2 personnel executives, including Jason Licht, Tom Gamble, Ed Marynowicz, Ryan Grigson and Louis Riddick.

The Eagles’ 8 most likely first round picks, according to one Sportsbook - BGN
Brown to the Eagles has been gaining steam as we get closer and closer to the draft. Is that buzz real or is it a smokescreen, though? It’s interesting that plugged in guys like Daniel Jeremiah and Peter King have the Eagles taking Hollywood. Is that because they truly know the Eagles’ intentions? Or are the Eagles feeding them misinformation to create a smokescreen? Philadelphia HAS been doing a lot of homework on wide receivers so it seems like they’re going to draft one at some point. Is it going to be Brown?

The Kist & Solak Show #92: Who Are You Trading Up For? - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak debate trade ups, trade downs, the likelihood of Montez Sweat/Brian Burns falling and the Eagles’ heavy interest in the wide receiver class! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles-only mock draft, final version - PhillyVoice
At a minimum, he should draw a ton of double teams. For a guy who “isn’t a pass rusher,” watch how often he gets doubled on pass plays, again, despite a loaded Clemson defensive line. If Lawrence can draw doubles at the NFL level, which he should, that will leave one-on-one opportunities for guys like Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, and Derek Barnett, which is a recipe for quarterbacks hitting the ground. In my view, Lawrence is more than just a run-stuffing specialist. While he will still likely come off the field on obvious passing downs like he did at Clemson, he is very capable of being a disruptive player in the passing game on first and second down. In my view, he is a completely valid first-round option who should be available at pick 25.

The Rumor Mill - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles reportedly had some interest in Peterson prior to the trade deadline. If he is really on the market, could they be interested? Absolutely. While the Eagles have a talented group of young corners, no one is remotely close to Peterson’s level. Adding a player like him to the secondary would be huge. No one knows what is going on in the desert right now. Is Josh Rosen the QB or about to be traded? Is Kyler Murray the #1 pick? How much say does rookie coach Kliff Kingsbury have in personnel matters? If that team expects to struggle this year, there is some logic to dealing Peterson. At the same time, you aren’t sending the best message to your players or fans if you deal the best players on the team. I have no idea what to expect from the Cardinals. Peterson has removed references to the Cardinals from his social media accounts so it does feel like something odd is going on.

Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown among trade-up options for Eagles - ESPN
Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma: Joe Douglas, the team’s vice president of player personnel, had an interesting response when asked whether the Eagles view Ford as a guard or tackle at the next level. ”We have a spot where he’ll most likely start off,” Douglas said last week, “but you gotta stay tuned.” Hmmm. Douglas preceded that comment by complimenting Ford for his versatility and strength and saying the team had “done a lot of work” on him. The 6-foot-4, 329-pound Ford could serve as an interior lineman to start (right guard Brandon Brooks is currently recovering from an Achilles injury) and potentially slide out to tackle down the road.

Lawlor: An underrated draft haul that transformed the Eagles -
The 2019 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night. The moves the Eagles make will shape the future of the franchise. Let’s look back less than a decade ago to understand just what the draft means. The Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2017. You can argue that all started back in April 2010, when the team took Michigan pass rusher Brandon Graham in the first round. The Eagles took Mississippi State star Fletcher Cox in the first round of 2012. In 2013, they selected Oklahoma standout Lane Johnson with the fourth overall pick. Those three first-round picks delivered an impact pass rusher, an elite defensive tackle, and arguably the best offensive tackle in the league. Stop and think about that for a second. What a fantastic trio of picks. The Eagles traded up for both Graham and Cox. Those players were worth everything it cost to move up. They are proof that there can be a real difference in the quality of picks against the quantity of picks.

Bo Wulf’s final 7-round Eagles mock draft - The Athletic
In this scenario, Washington has already traded up to select a quarterback, so the deal is made with an unnamed third team. Sheil’s deep dive on the likely trade compensation for trading up suggests that it might take a future first-round pick to move up this high. Nine years is a long time, but the Eagles did move up from No. 24 to No. 13 in 2010 by giving up just two third-round picks. Their target then was Brandon Graham. This time, it’s his eventual replacement. Position aside, Burns and Graham are not similar players. Burns is a super athlete who was born to bend around tackles. He’s not raw, though, with an array of pass-rush moves and advanced hand technique. He was also productive, notching 10.0 sacks as a junior in 2018 and 23.0 total during his three seasons with Florida State. The downside is that he’s slight for the position. There are serious questions about whether he can play three downs at the next level.

Howie Roseman has a type in the NFL draft. What does that mean for Thursday? - Inquirer
For evidence, just look at Roseman’s draft history. He’s made seven first-round picks in eight years responsible for the drafts: a quarterback, two offensive linemen, and four defensive linemen/edge rushers. He’s taken five defensive backs in the second and third rounds and four pass-catchers (wide receivers and tight ends) in those rounds, too. So that group would qualify as the next tier on the hierarchy. For all the talk-radio hours and social media commentary filled with discussion about needs at running back and linebacker, Roseman hasn’t invested his most valuable draft capital in either position. He’s never taken a running back before the fourth round, and seven of the eight off-ball linebackers he’s drafted have all come in the fourth round and later.

Chiefs Trading for Frank Clark Warrants Scrutiny, Top Corner Could Fall Out of First Round - MMQB
I think some teams think higher of Alabama RB Josh Jacobs than the public does. (I gave him to Oakland at 24 in my mock. I could see him going higher).

The Outliers: How Polarizing Prospects Will Define the NFL Draft - The Ringer
Speaking of wildly undersized playmakers coming out of the Sooners offense, Murray’s favorite pass catcher, Marquise Brown, must prove he can break the mold for generally held minimum weight thresholds at the pro level. Brown is one of a few receivers expected to be picked in the first round on Thursday because of his electric speed and strong production at the college level. He racked up 132 catches for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns in the past two seasons. But, after Brown weighed in at 166 pounds at the NFL combine—that’s a full 62 pounds lighter than fellow first-round prospect D.K. Metcalf—the team that chooses Brown is going to have to be comfortable with the fact there just isn’t much precedent for receivers that small making noise in the league. The list of pass catchers this century to weigh in at less than 170 pounds and post more than 500 yards receiving is four players long: none of them—Taylor Gabriel, J.J. Nelson, Dexter McCluster, or Paul Richardson—have ever eclipsed 1,000 yards or six touchdowns. Brown also missed combine testing after having surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury. With no 40-yard dash number, no short shuttle number, no three-cone number, and no vertical jump number, teams cannot compare his full athletic profile to that of previous players his size. Basically, they’ve got to go off the tape. That may end up being a good thing for Brown, because his game film shows a dynamic, field-stretching talent who can pick up yards after the catch and play from any alignment. Brown is, rightly in my opinion, most commonly compared to DeSean Jackson, who’s currently listed at 175 pounds. Is that nine-pound difference a big enough gap for some teams to move Brown down their boards—or off their boards altogether? If I were running a team, the answer would be no―his electric talent as a receiver trumps the size concerns. We’ll find out how the league views him later this week.

Colt McCoy has third surgery done on broken leg, missing Redskins OTAs - Hogs Haven
Well that’s not good news. The Redskins reportedly tried to rush Colt McCoy back to the field last season for a playoff run that no one believed was going to happen. McCoy broke his fibula three weeks after starter Alex Smith broke his tibia and fibula in a season-ending injury. Colt McCoy was seen last month in a cast, and it was reported he needed a second surgery on his leg. Now McCoy will miss OTAs for the first time in his Redskins career due to a third procedure on his leg.

2013 NFL Draft: Six Years Later - Football Outsiders
The 2013 draft has gotten a reputation as the worst in recent history. Is there anything redeemable to be found in a draft that produced Dion Jordan, Dee Milliner, and EJ Manuel?

The Cap Space Required to Sign Draft Picks - Over The Cap
So most teams really are in no salary cap danger of not being able to sign rookies. Based on our current estimates we only show four teams that may not have the cap space to sign rookies. Three of those teams are within $630,000 and have money coming off the books- two with June 1 releases and one with the Adam Thielen extension. The Bucs are the only team that probably has to make a significant move down the line. Here are the estimates we have for the actual cap space required to sign the draft picks and how much remaining cap room each team should have after signing the players. Please note that the rookie pool numbers are slightly different than our draft page simply due to some rounding I did manually when updating the chart.

TDN’s Final Predictive Top-100 Board - The Draft Network
Each year, our friends at The Huddle Report host several competitions designed for Draft outlets to prove their mettle. One such competition is the scoring of a predictive top-100 board and although this is The Draft Network’s first go -- we started together in August of 2018 -- we are excited to enter the competition and see where we fall amongst our colleagues in the industry. To be clear, the final predictive Top-100 is not designed to correctly rank the players in the order they come off the board, it is simply how many correct matches you get between your top-100 list and the first 100 names called -- order off the board is not taken into account. So, without further delay, here is The Draft Network’s best guess at who the top 100 names off the board this weekend will be.

NFL Draft big board: The 200 best players in 2019 - SB Nation
26. Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma. Biggest strength: On one hand, Brown is an Antonio Brown clone with speed, hands, and the ability to take the top off a defense. Biggest weakness: On the other, he’ll be one of the smaller receivers in the NFL, and he struggles when knocked around and won’t break many tackles.


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