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Eagles News: Derek Barnett falls out of first round in 2017 re-draft

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2017 NFL Draft do-over: Mahomes to Browns; Bears skip QB -
Philadelphia Eagles - pick No. 14) Cooper Kupp - WR. Original pick: Derek Barnett, DE. Kupp was actually drafted: by the Rams in Round 3 (No. 69). Like the Cardinals and offensive-line help, the Eagles seemingly have a perennial need for a wide receiver. One of my favorite receivers headed into the 2017 NFL Draft was Cooper Kupp, a standout at Eastern Washington who proved he could play in the Senior Bowl. But then his 40-yard-dash time at the NFL Scouting Combine wasn’t that great, and folks panicked. Which was kind of stupid. Because I would always lean toward the guys who actually played well on the field over someone who looked good running around in his underwear in Indianapolis. Kupp would have no doubt flourished with Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz in Philly. [BLG Note: Barnett did not get selected in the first round of this re-draft.]

2020 NFL Draft: Top 10 wide receivers - BGN
The optimal utilization of his skill set is that of JuJu Smith-Schuster pre-Antonio Brown’s departure. The floor might be JuJu after Antonio Brown went off the reservation. That’s still a good, productive outlook that’s going to sound like a knock to his staunch supporters. The ultimate question is how much do you value that role on the Eagles when they’ll probably operate with a slot-by-committee anyway (at least this year). Enough to take him in the middle of the first round? There’s a case both for and against it, but if you remove the debate about his exact draft slot from the equation, I like Jefferson more than it might sound. No matter where you take him, Jefferson represents a high floor player that should produce relatively early in his career.

Mailbag: Should the Eagles extend Zach Ertz? Trade him? Or neither? - PhillyVoice
Question from The Ghost of Draft Day Past: You were fairly certain they’d pick Barnett a few years ago, and were correct. Obviously picking later introduces the possibility of a lot more variability, but do you have any sense of “If this guy is still there at 21, boom?” ... Yes. Justin Jefferson. [...] Question from TDB: I just don’t get it. Why wouldn’t the Eagles have brought in an FA WR? It takes pressure off any of the WRs drafted; it doesn’t force your hand as to draft strategy; it mitigates risk if you trade back; it opens up the possibility for drafting BPA in the first round; it adds a much needed veteran presence to an inexperienced corps; it replenishes the loss of Alshon/Ags with a fresh face. ... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jeff McLane’s Eagles All-Decade Team - Inquirer
An argument could have been made for Nick Foles over Carson Wentz at quarterback, but I doubt the Eagles would have been the No. 1 playoff seed in 2017 had the former started all season. Wentz’s sustained production gave him the nod here. Jordan Matthews could have snuck in ahead of Alshon Jeffery at receiver, but the latter’s performance during the Super Bowl run put him over the top. Brent Celek belongs on this squad so I went with two tight ends. The offensive line selections were no-brainers.

The Eagles’ first championship season | 1948 season recap -
Relive the Eagles’ first NFL Championship season in this recap of their 1948 campaign.

Best lineup strategy for Eagles vs. Vikings Madden simulation Showdown - DraftKings Nation
Miles Sanders, RB, Eagles ($6,800). Sanders is the starting back and will be used as a receiver for the Eagles, as he had four receptions in their first Madden simulation against Dallas. Both of these defenses are strong against the run, so I could see skipping running backs all together, but I expect Sanders to get those cheap PPR points in this one.

Thor’s Interior DL Rankings - Rotoworld
1. Javon Kinlaw (South Carolina) | 6’5/324. When Javon Kinlaw was a kid, the roof of one of the houses he and his mom were staying at caved in. He at various times lived without electricity or running water. When there was no home at all, and there wasn’t for some time, he would crash in friends’ basements. A prodigious football talent with offers from Alabama, USC, Clemson, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Florida, and a host of others, Kinlaw first had to enroll in the JUCO ranks to get his grades up. He arrived at 280 pounds. When he realized the food was free, after a life of poverty, “I started going crazy,” Kinlaw said. Kinlaw ultimately honored his original commitment to South Carolina as one of the top JUCO recruits in the country, but showed up on campus a year later, in the lead-up to the 2017 season, weighing 347 pounds. That year, he got his humbling, playing only part-time snaps despite his prodigious talent level while coaches challenged him to get in shape and dedicate himself. The message sunk in, and Kinlaw showed up in 2018 with a remade body, almost 40 pounds lighter, and as a different player. He was a self-actualized monster.

2020 NFL Free Agency: Top players remaining at each position and which teams could use them most - CBS Sports
Wide receivers: 1 - Taylor Gabriel (29), 2 - Chris Hogan (31), 3 - David Moore (25). None of these guys should be handed starting jobs, but unless you’re in love with old speedsters like Paul Richardson, Ted Ginn and Jarius Wright, they’re the best left. Gabriel missed half of 2019 due to injury and has never been a prototypical outside threat, but he’s athletic enough to be a big-play reserve. Hogan is purely a volume guy, but he’s done well when healthy. Moore, the lone restricted free agent here, could be had for a seventh-round pick and has been an occasional deep-ball weapon for Russell Wilson.

Ranking 2021 NFL free agents: George Kittle, Joey Bosa among top 25 players who could hit the market - ESPN
24. Will Fuller V, WR. 2020 team: Houston Texans | Age entering 2021 season: 27. Availability is really the only thing keeping Fuller from a big payday. He has never made it through a 16-game season and has missed a total of 22 of 64 possible games over four seasons. But his big-play ability is undeniable.

Ed’s 7-round New York Giants mock draft, version 9.0: No deals! Playing it straight in new mock - Big Blue View
Round 1 (No. 4) — Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa Sorry, Chris, Joe, Nick, and Invictus. I know you guys have Jedrick Wills of Alabama as OT1 in your consensus offensive position rankings, but if the Giants go offensive tackle here I don’t think Wills is their guy. The Alabama connection with Joe Judge having worked for Nick Saban is there, but I don’t believe as of now that it will sway the decision if Wirfs is on the board. Some think Wills, a right tackle at Alabama, could play left tackle. There is, however, no proof. Wirfs did both at Iowa. Some think he could follow the path of former Iowa lineman Brandon Scherff and be an outstanding guard. Mekhi Becton? I have said again and again that I think Gettleman will have a hard time passing on the 364-pounder. He seems to be the biggest risk of the Big 4 offensive tackles, though, and I’m not sure it’s a swing for the fence that Gettleman can afford to take right now. Thus, Wirfs is the choice.

SB Nation Reviews: Super Mario 64
The opening of Super Mario 64 moves like a dream: birds chirping, a path cutting through verdant green knolls; a moat and castle; a menacing laugh; a liquid painting, a portal to a battlefield. The components don’t fit, and yet going from one to the next feels right. The exposition is loose. You were supposed to be blown away by the world itself — how bright the colors were, how many things you could touch and climb — and so the developers moved everything else out of the way. I remember how round everything seemed. It presented an overwhelming amount of new information to take in. The castle contained multiple types of locked doors, and coins served a different purpose than they had in any previous Mario game. It was hard to tell who was an enemy. In past Mario games, you could presume that everything wanted to kill you, but in Mario 64, the first characters you meet are friendly pink bob-ombs, who I instinctively distrusted.

Your coronavirus grocery questions, answered by experts - Vox
In our collective attempt to flatten the curve, grocery shopping has become a minefield. We are not supposed to leave our homes, yet we have to keep feeding ourselves; as a result, what used to be a comforting annoyance now feels dangerous. Can you touch that cereal box? Why is that person standing so close? There is a lot of guidance on how to handle the store, and a lot of it is confusing, if not contradictory. It’s okay to get groceries, we’re told, but not too often. You probably aren’t going to get coronavirus from touching the wrong avocado, or at least, scientists say transmission from food is unlikely. Maybe it’s harder to find pasta now, but you shouldn’t panic about shortages. To help us navigate this unsettling new world of grocery shopping — Can you reuse your bags? Why isn’t there yeast? — we turned to the experts.


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