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2020 NFL draft guides for all 32 teams: Needs, prospect fits and more - ESPN+
Biggest need: Linebacker. Eight-year veteran Nigel Bradham won’t be a major loss, even if a declined $10 million option makes it seem like he would be. The Eagles’ problem is that they don’t have compelling internal candidates to replace Bradham. According to Sports Info Solutions, Nathan Gerry missed 29% of his attempted tackles, third-highest among linebackers with 50 such attempts. T.J. Edwards was undrafted in 2019 and played just 112 defensive snaps in his rookie season. Newly signed Jatavis Brown fell short of that total, transitioning to more of a special-teams role in his final season with the Chargers. The Eagles need a blue-chip player in the second level, and the draft gives them their best chance to find one.

Here’s a list of the 2020 NFL Draft prospects that the Philadelphia Eagles are showing interest in - BGN
There’s an extra layer of uncertainty this year given how the coronavirus pandemic shut down the pro day circuit, private workouts, and the majority of top 30 visits. With this in mind, we haven’t been able to track the Eagles’ interest as thoroughly as we normally do. But there’s still a good amount of information that we do know. The following table lists every prospect eligible for this year’s draft that the Eagles are known to have shown some kind of interest in. If you think I’m missing some information, let me know in the comments and include your source.

From the Bleachers #21: It’s Draft Week! - BGN Radio
Shamus Clancy is jazzed for the 2020 NFL Draft and is ready to party! Get Shamus’ thoughts on what’s got him so excited, his plans, his favorite prospects, and make sure you’re following BGN on Instagram (@bleedinggreeninsta) to check out Shamus & Michael Kist as they go live during different portions of the draft! Sign up for Shamus’ newsletter right here: https://www.patreon.com/shamus_clancy. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

What J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and other dubious picks say about the Eagles’ drafting: It’s more of crapshoot than you think - Inquirer
Running backs were flying off the shelves and Pederson wanted one. After the Eagles drafted receiver Mack Hollins early in the fourth round, Roseman traded up seven spots later in the round for Donnel Pumphrey. When the announcement came, the draft room erupted into applause. “He’s like a Darren Sproles,” someone said. When Pumphrey showed up for his first official physical with the Eagles, one member of the medical staff looked at the scrawny running back and saw zero resemblance to the muscle-bound Sproles. “That ain’t no Darren Sproles,” he would later say. Pumphrey, who had the NFL label tattooed on his leg not long after being drafted, would never play a snap in the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles 2020 NFL Draft board - PhillyVoice
Sit at 21 — Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU: Jefferson is a great route runner who catches everything, and will frustrate defenses at the next level by coming up with big third down catches for first downs. But beyond that, he can also work the intermediate to deeper parts of the field as well, and while he isn’t a burner, he tested well at the Combine. He played both in the slot and on the outside at LSU, and is thought of as a “pro-ready” player who shouldn’t need much time to contribute.

2020 Eagles Pre-Draft Discussion (PST Show #359) - The Philadelphia Sports Table
The NFL and Eagles Draft is almost upon us. It feels like a lifetime we’ve been waiting for this moment given the circumstances of our world. This week, it was great to have our friend of the pod, Brandon Lee Gowton (BLG), Editor-in-Chief at BleedingGreenNation.com and host of the BGN Radio podcast, join us for some Eagles Pre-Draft talk. Do you think we got into the wide receiver position and prospects?

What Howie Roseman’s draft history might tell us about the Eagles’ draft plans - The Athletic
Young, fast and productive (18): Brandin Cooks, Julio Jones, DeSean Jackson, Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas, Golden Tate, Amari Cooper, Chris Godwin, D.J. Moore, Sammy Watkins, Odell Beckham, Jeremy Maclin, Randall Cobb, Larry Fitzgerald, Alshon Jeffery, Kenny Britt, A.J. Brown, Michael Crabtree* — In this draft: Jerry Jeudy, Justin Jefferson, Jalen Reagor, Isaiah Coulter, Quez Watkins.

NFL draft 2020: Fringe 1st-round WR Brandon Aiyuk thinks Eagles could be landing spot - NBCSP
Possible first-round receiver Brandon Aiyuk says the Eagles have shown interest in him during the 2020 pre-draft process and thinks there’s a chance he could end up in Philadelphia. In fact, he talked to someone from the organization as recently as Monday. “I think there’s an interest there,” Aiyuk said to NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark on Monday. “Philly’s a great football city. Family ties to Philly and that area. That could be a possibility. It could be a nice landing spot. But definitely I feel like the interest is there.”

Henry Ruggs has heard “constantly” from Raiders, Broncos, 49ers - PFT
Ruggs also mentioned the Eagles and Lions are teams he’s heard from, but it sounds like he’s heard from plenty of them. Still, keep an eye on Las Vegas, Denver, and San Francisco . . . unless the Chiefs end up turning into reality the rumors that they’re considering trading up to get Ruggs. If they don’t, they may spend the next several years trying to slow him down in their own division.

Three-round PFF Analyst Mock Draft: Tua Tagovailoa goes No. 2 overall to Washington, Chargers snag Jordan Love in Round 3 - PFF
21. Philadelphia Eagles — LB Patrick Queen, LSU. Austin Gayle: With Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, Henry Rugs and Jalen Reagor already off the board, the Eagles ignore positional value a bit and reach for LSU off-ball linebacker Patrick Queen. He is hands down the best off-ball linebacker prospect after Simmons and an arm and a leg better than Oklahoma’s Kenneth Murray. His combination of processing/play recognition and athleticsm is rare and should be coveted at the next level.

Eagles Mock Draft 4.0 Feature 3 Trades - EagleMaven
ROUND FOUR: No. 119. Jonathan Greenard, Edge, Florida. Connor Barwin, who is a special assistant to general manager Howie Roseman, fell in love with Greenard at the Senior Bowl. At 6-4 263, Greenard had 10 sacks last year, his only season with the Gators after two years and 9.5 sacks with Louisville.

2020 NFL Mock Draft 17.0: Dolphins Get Justin Herbert, Henry Ruggs Goes Before CeeDee Lamb - MMQB
21. Philadelphia: Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma. Cue the frea- out from the Philly faithful—no receiver here! Instead, Howie Roseman gets a guy who’ll be a leader and have the green dot on his helmet for a decade. Murray’s a freaky athlete who fits everything Jim Schwartz looks for in a middle linebacker.

Grinding the Mocks’ Meta-Mock Draft - Football Outsiders
21. Philadelphia Eagles: Denzel Mims, WR, BaylorThe Eagles have stark needs at wide receiver and cornerback, but they decide to address receiver first with Baylor’s Denzel Mims. With LSU’s Justin Jefferson (the most frequently mocked player to the Eagles) off the board [at No. 20], the Eagles decide to take the chance that a cornerback they like might be available at their second-round selection at pick 53, where Ohio State’s Damon Arnette (the 52nd-ranked player by EDP ) could still be available.

Josh Norris: Top 150 NFL Draft Board - Rotoworld
12) Where He Wins: At the very least, Justin Jefferson will be a highly successful slot receiver who can rack up production in good offenses. You’d expect a finesse receiver who is best when creating separation and sustaining it. Jefferson can do that, but he sets himself apart when winning through contact - at the catch and through contract. He is highly competitive, possesses good body control and is a great athlete… that leads to big plays. Forecast: For many slot receivers, where Jefferson spent 870 snaps last season, production and space can be manufactured. That makes the players often replaceable. But Jefferson is different. Because of his run after catch capabilities and skill to win contested when forced to, he creates production for himself. The interesting question is if teams will want to see him transition to the outside in the NFL.

2020 NFL Draft: Five players who could be first-round surprises - NFL.com
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU. After the big three (Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb and Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs) and probably LSU’s Justin Jefferson, it’s anyone’s guess who the fifth receiver will be off the board. Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk and Baylor’s Denzel Mims have been popular names in recent mock drafts, but there’s also some love for Reagor (5-11, 206), who had 148 catches for 2,248 yards and 22 touchdowns in 39 games (25 starts) over three seasons despite substantial challenges around him. “He’s a really good player,” an NFC coordinator said. “He played with possibly one of the worst college football quarterbacks I’ve ever seen in my life. That makes his film pretty bad.” Echoed another coordinator: “The Reagor kid is interesting because his quarterback play was so atrocious. It’s hard to put that on him. But he wasn’t consistent either. He’s got return ability, too, so that’s where he separates himself a little bit.” Reagor scored twice on 15 punt returns last season. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine, where he showed off freaky athletic ability with a 42-inch vertical and 11-6 broad jump.

Silva: Five Things I Think About The 2020 NFL Draft - Establish The Run
Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs and Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb seem like safe bets to be drafted inside the top-20 picks. LSU’s Justin Jefferson belongs in the first round, too. But there is a wide variance of opinion regarding the next tier. NFL teams appear less enamored with Baylor’s Denzel Mims than media analysts and the Mock Draft circuit. Arizona State’s Brandon Aiyuk underwent core muscle surgery shortly before the draft. TCU’s Jalen Reagor is an exciting prospect with field-flipping explosiveness but lacks ideal size and wasn’t overwhelmingly productive in college. There will be lots and lots of starting-caliber wideout prospects available in the second and third rounds, decreasing urgency for decision makers to take them early. And by nature, wide receiver is a riskier position when it comes to the draft.

2020 NFL Draft: COVID-19 changes the media landscape - PE.com
As different as the 2020 NFL Draft will be for those drafted, for the teams, the fans – it’s going to be just as different for the media covering the three-day event. Once upon a time, the NFL Draft was an “Oh-it’s-that-time-of-the-year-again” event. Now it’s must-see television, and the ratings this year, in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, will reflect its popularity. “I’ve always called it the single-most exciting, off-the-field day in sports,” said Merrill Reese, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame who has been the Voice of the Eagles since 1977. “And in this strange year, it is a welcome respite from reading about the ravages of this disease.”

The Redskins are receiving calls to trade the #2 pick - Hogs Haven
Chase Young is still expected to be the Redskins pick on Thursday night, but there are now teams trying to change their minds. It would take a big deal to get Ron Rivera to pass on what many people consider the best player in the draft. Here is what he said earlier this month about trading down:

Exclusive franchise tag number for Cowboys QB Dak Prescott recalculated, now officially over $31M - Blogging The Boys
Initial speculation was that this year’s exclusive franchise tag for quarterbacks would be around $33 million. The placeholder number that was presented was $27 million. Now we have an official calculation. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the number that Prescott is on the books for if he plays under the tag is officially $31.409 million.

Rob Gronkowski traded to Buccaneers - Bucs Nation
Well, that was fast. Rob Gronkowski has been traded to the Buccaneers. The Bucs will send New England a fourth round pick in this weekend’s draft in exchange for Gronk and a seventh round pick. Per Ian Rapoport, Gronk has already taken his physical and the deal is officially done.

Everyone loves the new Chargers uniforms - Bolt From The Blue
It is nearly impossible for a uniform reveal to go well on social media. The Falcons were ripped for making their new jerseys weirdly modern; the Patriots were pretty blah; and even though the Buccaneers mostly got their new duds right, there was still clamoring for a return to the creamsicle jerseys. Somehow, the Chargers managed to pull off an impossible feat. Despite a 6:45 a.m. reveal that would seem to dim the enthusiasm among its West Coast fan base, the Chargers unveiled their new uniforms to raucous approval. Fans and foes alike are in near universal agreement that the Chargers’ new look was seamlessly executed in what may or may not be the team’s first season at its new stadium.

Borrowed laptops and bad WiFi: How the NFL is adapting to an online draft - SB Nation
The NFL is working overtime to ensure it’s as ready as possible for this year’s virtual draft starting Thursday, and that includes calling in a few favors. One day removed from the NFL’s shaky-at-best mock draft, the league is working with mobile and internet providers to better equip general managers before Thursday. Verizon, a league partner, is going so far as to map out usage for the NFL on the days of the draft, according to a report from The Athletic. To make sure things run as smoothly as possible, the league is asking teams to be prompt with their picks rather than running out the entire clock. Yes, there are going to be times teams need their full allotment to ensure a trade can be executed, but anyone who has watched the draft knows sometimes teams take an agonizingly long time to make an obvious choice.

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