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The Eagles’ top 10 options with their first round pick - PhillyVoice
1) Trade up. ”When we look back and we look at our drafts, specifically looking at where we were in the 20’s, we’ve had some good success at 20 and higher,” said Howie Roseman, speaking at the 2017 Senior Bowl. “I think there is a line where you don’t get a difference maker. This is your opportunity, in the first round of the draft, to find a difference-making player. That’s our first priority, is bringing in a difference maker to the Philadelphia Eagles.” In order for the Eagles to get into a spot on draft day where they think the “difference makers” can be had, they would have to trade up into the teens. Last year, the cost to move up from 32 to the teens would have been too much, especially considering the Eagles’ lack of draft capital. This year, with two second-round picks and an expected deep supply of picks in 2020, the Eagles have more ammo, and the cost wouldn’t be as high to move up from 25. A few weeks ago, we projected what the cost would be to make such a trade, and determined that historically speaking, the cost to move up from the mid-20’s into the late teens was the equivalent of a third-round pick. I believe that the Eagles will view that kind of cost, if that’s what it will take, as being worth drafting a “difference maker” over whatever will be available at 25.

Peter King thinks the Eagles should still draft Hollywood in the first round - BGN
The argument for the Eagles still adding Brown is that Jackson is aging and team speed is something the team desperately lacked in 2018. With that in mind, it’s hard to believe Philly could suddenly have “too much” speed. We also know the Eagles have been looking at receivers who can contribute in the slot. The team also has an obvious need for a pass catcher out of the backfield. Maybe the Eagles can envision Brown contributing in those areas. The argument against taking Brown is that the Eagles are currently spending the most 2019 cap space of any team on wide receivers. They’d probably have to move Nelson Agholor and his $9.4 million salary to open up adequate playing time for Brown. It’s also hard to believe the Eagles potentially passing up on fortifying the trenches at the expense of adding a shiny new toy on offense.

The Kist & Solak Show #89: Ranking the Eagles’ Needs - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak update you on the official pre-draft visits for the Eagles, discuss the round one CB mock phenomena, PLUS rank the Eagles’ biggest needs headed into the 2019 NFL Draft! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Move Over, Carson! - Iggles Blitz
Perez makes some tough throws. He has good accuracy. He’s willing to throw into coverage. So many young QBs want their receiver to be wide open. Perez isn’t afraid to take chances. He makes good reads. He puts good touch on his passes. The bad…he’s just not special physically. Perez doesn’t have much velocity on his throws. He’s not driving the ball downfield with a big arm. While he can move around, he’s not the most mobile or agile QB. Perez is a long shot to pan out in the NFL, but he does have some good traits.

Eagles finding bargains in over-30 bin, stockpiling picks - ESPN
There is risk involved in loading up on so many players with tread on the tire, but the Eagles see value in importing older players, in part because it is actually helping fuel the youth movement that is right around the corner. There has been a philosophical shift in the way the organization views signing players that have hit the 30-year mark. Previously, the thought was that free-agent resources should be allocated to players in or entering their prime as opposed to those facing an inevitable decline. But the landscape has changed, and the Eagles’ approach along with it. Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman explained that teams are getting better at keeping their good, young players. The free agents who are making it to the market in their mid-20s now tend to be lower-impact players with inflated price tags. Why spend significant money on that level of talent when you can get a slightly older and more productive player at a discount? ”Players are playing longer, the science is better in keeping those guys healthier, and so you have opportunity to get these guys,” Roseman said. “We’d rather have really good players instead of maybe signing lower-level starters or guys who are rotational players or backups who are maybe two years younger.”

Eagles mailbag: Trading down, Mailata, Jalen Mills’ swag - NBCSP
I get more questions about Jordan Mailata than any other player on this roster. The fanbase is excited by him and I get it. In 2019, if Mailata starts, that means a couple things: 1. Jason Peters or Lane Johnson got hurt, 2. Mailata passed Halapoulivaati Vaitai on the depth chart. I don’t think either of these things are out of the question. This is the part, though, where I remind you that Mailata hasn’t even appeared in an NFL game yet. But I’m on board the hype train too. I think he’s got a future in this league and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him start a game in 2019.

NFL draft: Ben Fennell breaks down running-back prospects - Daily News
“Jacobs is an interesting player. He’s a 220-pounder in a draft with not a lot of big, heavy running backs. He doesn’t have a lot of mileage on him. Only had 251 carries in three seasons at Alabama. Teams that believe mileage is a finite thing and that the body can only take so much wear and tear are going to like that about him. People are questioning his top-end speed because he only ran a 4.6 40 at his Pro Day. But that’s fast enough for his running style. He’s more of an explosive runner. “He’s a tough yards-after-contact runner. You can’t arm-tackle him. He’s going to fall forward and is good in short-yardage situations. “One of the reasons people are excited about him is because he’s good in the pass game. He has very good hands. He can adjust to balls behind him. Ran a lot of down-the-field routes at Alabama, including some where he had to change shoulders during the process of tracking the ball, and had no trouble doing it.”

Meet the Prospect: WR Parris Campbell - PE.com
Parris Campbell turned heads at the NFL Combine with his speed and athleticism, but will it translate to success in the NFL? Fran Duffy breaks down the film in the latest Meet the Prospect.

2019 NFL Draft: Alabama’s Josh Jacobs dealing with whole crazy process like a seasoned pro - CBS Sports
Jacobs took his first visit last week to Baltimore – where Alabama legend Ozzie Newsome just relinquished GM duties but remains heavily involved, and has made a career out of drafting Crimson Tide players. (The Ravens recently signed former Alabama runner Mark Ingram, but are very much in the market for more help and Jacobs said he and Ingram have already chatted about how cool it would be to share a backfield in 2019). Jacobs went back to Alabama for an event last weekend and then will visit the Eagles and Colts this week before returning to Alabama this weekend to hold his first football camp for kids. “Football has given me a platform to do the things I really want to do like give back to kids and my community,” Jacobs said. “That’s the biggest blessing of it all.”

Ranking the top-five offensive tackles in the 2019 NFL Draft by pass-blocking efficiency - PFF
T-1. Chuma Edoga, USC. Chuma Edoga, an athletic freak and USC’s primary right tackle for each of the past two seasons, allowed just four hurries across 304 pass-blocking snaps in 2018. With no sacks or hits allowed tied to his name, the 6-foot-3, 308-pound Edoga ranked tied for first in PFF’s pass-blocking efficiency (99.3).

Panthers add three new faces to roster, including two former AAF players - Cat Scratch Reader
Destiny Vaeao is the rare recent Panthers signing that did not play in the AAF. He signed with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent about two and a half seasons with the team (the man has a Super Bowl ring). In 33 career games, he’s amassed 27 tackles and three sacks.

Are the Quarterbacks in the 2020 NFL Draft Class Worth Waiting For? - MMQB
Third, having a cheap young quarterback creates a window in which a team has a huge advantage in its ability to spend—that window usually lasts about three years, after the quarterback’s rookie year and before he gets paid in his first contract extension or free agency. The Rams and Eagles have taken advantage of it. The Browns and Jets are doing so now. And if you can delay that window a little, you might have a more championship-ready team with which to exploit it.

QB Functional Mobility Model 2019 - Football Outsiders
Guest columnists Jeremy Rosen and Alexandre Olbrecht return to see which quarterback prospects in 2019 had the best footwork, and why that can be a valuable tool in predicting NFL success.

2019 SB Nation writers mock draft - SB Nation
The annual mock draft from SB Nation’s NFL writers begins now. Revenge of the Birds kicks us off with the Arizona Cardinals first pick in the draft. Find each pick updated here throughout April.

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