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Best 2019 NFL draft value picks for all 32 teams: Todd McShay’s favorites - ESPN In$ider
JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford (Round 2, No. 57 overall): Arcega-Whiteside comes from a basketball family, which is fitting because I think of him as a power forward. You won’t see much better in terms of boxing out defensive backs, especially in the red zone. He’s a scoring machine, finding the end zone 14 times last season. The Stanford product has very good speed and will come down with 50-50 balls. Look for him to use savvy route running and physicality to find separation. Between Arcega-Whiteside, newly signed DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery, Carson Wentz is going to have a lot of mouths to feed this season.I also like Andre Dillard, although he needs some development. Miles Sanders can be an eventual starter, but for now fits in nicely with the running-back committee.

The best picks from Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft - PFF
Pick 57 – JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles. Big Board Rank: 23rdArcega-Whiteside should take the Eagles’ red-zone offense to the next level. His body control and catch radius is a perfect pairing with Carson Wentz. The Stanford wideout led the nation in red zone receiving grade last year.

NFL Draft Results: Eagles welcome five rookies to Philadelphia - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles entered the 2019 NFL Draft with seven picks and left with only five new rookies (for the second year in a row). Here’s a complete recap of this year’s draft class.

Reviewing the Eagles 2019 NFL Draft - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Michael Kist analyze the entirety of the Eagles 2019 NFL Draft with fresh takes on the players selected and the UDFAs brought in! Presented by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles Add a QB & DT - Iggles Blitz
Thorson is not a great QB. He is not a special prospect. But he is a QB that the Eagles liked. They think he has the traits to develop into a good player in their system. Thorson is 6-4, 222. He is a pocket-passer, but also has good athleticism. That is also the description for Carson Wentz, Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld. Notice the trend? Thorson has a solid arm. He only completed 58 percent of his passes. You want that number to be 65 percent in college. Thorson threw for 61 TDs, but also 45 INTs. He did run for 27 TDs. Thorson throws well on the move. He can throw from different platforms. Puts good touch on his throws. He doesn’t have the arm to really drive the ball. Also doesn’t put good zip on intermediate throws. “QB wins” can be highly flawed when used too strongly, but Thorson won three bowl games in four years at Northwestern. There is something to be said for that.

Eagles draft is complete, did they do enough this offseason to upgrade their defensive line? - Inquirer
But what about the ones that got away, or the ones they weren’t willing to trade up for? It may have taken a second-rounder to nab Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins or slightly more than they gave up for Dillard to swipe Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons before the Dolphins and Titans selected each at No. 13 and 19, respectively. But it may have been worth the gamble. Only time will tell. The Eagles shouldn’t draft for the coming season, but their defensive line, from this vantage point, doesn’t look much stronger than it did before the offseason. And they didn’t get younger. Roseman emphasized that player acquisition isn’t over. He may still have a defensive lineman up his sleeve. Perhaps, Ezekiel Ansah? But the roster, for the most part, is set. And the Eagles’ moves up front on defense were solid, if underwhelming. They re-signed defensive end Brandon Graham and just, on Thursday, defensive tackle Tim Jernigan. They acquired defensive tackle Malik Jackson and brought back defensive end Vinny Curry. And they said goodbye to defensive end Michael Bennett, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and (essentially) defensive end Chris Long.

Clayton Thorson out to win a spot in Eagles’ QB room -
“I grew up watching Peyton Manning,” he said. “I think I take things from each quarterback I watch. You watch Aaron Rodgers get out of the pocket and move and he is pretty impressive. But I try to be myself and who that is is a guy who can sling it. With our offense at Northwestern, I was able to learn how to throw the ball with a lot of anticipation and tight windows, making plays on the run, moving the pocket a little bit. But we had a great offense at Northwestern in terms of preparing me for the NFL. So, I feel like I have taken a lot from many different quarterbacks.”

Clayton Thorson drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 5th round - Inside NU
At the beginning of last fall, some outlets had Thorson as a projected first-round pick and a potential top five quarterback in the draft class, but over the last few months, his projected draft position settled between the third and fifth rounds. There was talk as to who was most interested in Thorson, with Panthers offensive coordinator Norv Turner notably attending his Pro Day. All 32 NFL teams were in attendance, but only Carolina met with him after his drills. Some also had him going to the Patriots at the end of the third round. Thorson didn’t partake in running or jumping drills at the Combine as he was recovering from an ankle injury he suffered in the Holiday Bowl, but he did throw with the other quarterbacks. He was not perfect, missing a few intermediate throws, but impressed with his strong arm on deep balls.

Philadelphia Eagles Select Shareef Miller - Black Shoe Diaries
He’s shown the ability to be solid against both the run and the pass and while he lacks the quick twitch ability to be an elite pass rusher, Miller could well be a solid rotational defensive lineman for year to come. Additionally, Miller is a Philadelphia native and will get to stay home to start his NFL career.

Thor’s Best Available UDFA - Rotoworld
[BLG Note: Eagles have reportedly added a couple names on this list.]

Eagles’ Alshon Jeffery Hosts Scavenger Hunt Giving Fans Chance To Find 9 Autographed Kids’ Jerseys During NFL Draft Weekend - CBS Philly
It’s NFL Draft weekend and while the festivities are being held in Nashville, Tennessee, one of the Eagles wide receivers is making it special for fans in Philadelphia. Alshon Jeffery started a three-day scavenger hunt on Thursday, giving fans the opportunity to find nine autographed Jeffery kids’ jerseys. On Thursday he tweeted telling fans he was going to post clues on Twitter each day to let them know where they could find the jerseys.

This Rutgers standout’s life story is compared to ‘The Blind Side,’ but it’s even more extraordinary -
To get the complete picture of Kevin Wilkins’ story -- the one his two moms compare to an Academy Awards-nominated film called ‘The Blind Side’ -- start with the tattoos. Wilkins has ink decorated all over his upper body, each telling a story of his unusual path to Rutgers. There’s one celebrating his Cherokee Indian roots ... one honoring St. Joseph High in Montvale ... one depicting New Jersey ... and one signaling his No. 99 jersey. There are deeply personal ones, too. His four brothers and two sisters are honored on his arms. He has one for his mom who only recently returned to his life, one for a biological dad he never knew, and one he got as a 16-year-old to honor the woman who raised him. [BLG Note: Eagles reportedly signed Wilkins as an UDFA.]

Caleb Wilson Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals with the Last Pick of the 2019 NFL Draft - Bruins Nation
Mr. Irrelevant becomes the only Bruin picked in 2019. [BLG Note: Caleb is the son of former Eagles defensive line coach Chris Wilson.]

Our hottest takes from a long Day 3 of the 2019 NFL Draft - SB Nation
Congratulations to Philadelphia, who found the first quarterback drafted with worse advanced stats than Daniel Jones.


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