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Eagles News: The argument against trading down to No. 12

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Why the Eagles should have stayed at No. 6 - NBCSP
If the Eagles didn’t make this trade, they’d still have eight picks in the first three rounds over the next two years: three 1’s, two 2’s and three 3’s (or two 1’s, three 2’s and three 3’s depending on Wentz). Don’t tell me you can’t go a long way toward repairing a broken roster with that kind of draft pick motherlode. What getting out of No. 6 does is reduce the Eagles’ chances of landing a generational talent. Consider this: Since 1970, 40 Hall of Famers have been drafted in the first six picks but just 11 from picks 7 to 12. Six Hall of Famers have been drafted at No. 6 and just one at No. 12 – Warren Sapp (who the Eagles actually could have had but traded the pick to Tampa to take Mike Mamula at No. 7). There will be at least three and possibly four QBs taken before the Eagles are on the clock, so they’ll be able to snap up the 8th- or 9th-best non-QB in the country. They should get someone really good. But they just would have a better chance to land a truly elite player – a potential franchise changer - by staying at No. 6. Opportunities to draft this high don’t come along often. The Eagles have had exactly two top-10 picks in the last 20 years.

The Eagles need to rebuild. They know it’ll take more than one pick to do it. - BGN
I will always lament the many, many midnight green jersey swaps of Justin Fields and Ja’Marr Chase now lost to the coffers of the Internet. They were beautiful, and I wanted them. But this is a good process by the Eagles, who need to make more picks, get more youth, and develop more players. And good process is nice, but results are what counts by the end of the day — and to see good results, the Eagles and Roseman not only need to manage their picks well, but figure out how to actually get good, young players with those picks, whenever it is the end up drafting come April 29th.

Unpacking the Eagles’ trade down to No. 12 Emergency Pod‪!‬ - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton, Jimmy Kempski, and Benjamin Solak get together to answer questions about the Eagles’ big trade! Was it a good move? What does it mean for Jalen Hurts? Is Philly now in the mix for a veteran quarterback like Russell Wilson? Who are the top options at No. 12? All that and more!

Eagles’ trade showed us how dire they feel their talent outlook really is, as they buckle in for the long haul - Inquirer
Friday’s trade told us that getting a surefire top-of-the-league Pro Bowl player this year is much, much less important to management than adding an array of pretty good players over the next few years. (Assuming the Eagles draft wisely over the next few years, which, well, you know.) This is one of those things fans might have sensed, in the backs of their minds, but the trade thrust it right in front of their faces, in bold letters. It’s going to be a long haul. Most likely, 2021 is going to look bleak, without the excitement a Jalen Hurts-Chase/Pitts connection might have generated.

The 49ers-Dolphins-Eagles NFL Draft trades: Answering five big questions - The Athletic
What does this move mean for the Eagles? It means they’re not drafting a quarterback in the first round this year. Barring something wild happening, it means they’re moving forward with Jalen Hurts in 2021. If Hurts plays well, great. The Eagles will now have at least two first-round picks in 2022, and that could be three if Carson Wentz meets certain conditions from the trade with the Colts. They can use those picks to replenish a roster that is currently devoid of young talent. If Hurts doesn’t play well, they now have more draft capital to take a swing on a quarterback next year. That could mean trading up to draft someone in the first round or using picks to acquire a quarterback from another team. The Eagles apparently didn’t like their options for a quarterback at No. 6 and didn’t think they would be able to trade up, so they decided to trade back and increase their options for next offseason.

NFC East QB breakdown: New deals, new faces, higher expectations - ESPN
Three years from now, what will we be saying about the 2021 decisions at QB? That they serve as a cautionary tale when it comes to the handling of a franchise quarterback. Hurts could end up being a very good starter in the league. Maybe Wentz tears it up in Indy. Maybe he falls flat. It’s less about the results here and more about the process. The Eagles intended to ride with Wentz for the foreseeable future and thought he would lead their next Super Bowl charge. They never properly accounted for how the drafting of Hurts could negatively impact their relationship with Wentz if or when things got bumpy and the season didn’t go according to script. However it plays out on the field, lessons about properly supporting QB1 need to be applied moving forward.

Saturday marks a win for the autism community with vaccination clinic at Lincoln Financial Field -
On Saturday, the Eagles Autism Foundation provided hope for those on the spectrum by hosting a vaccination clinic at Lincoln Financial Field in partnership with Divine Providence Village. More than 1,000 vaccinations were administered as the Eagles Autism Foundation provided a sensory-friendly environment featuring a visual schedule, story-based intervention, and quiet rooms for all eligible members. “The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to individuals with autism and their families,” Hammond says. “We wanted to create an environment that was dedicated to their specialized needs so that members of this important community could be vaccinated in a safe and efficient manner. We would like to thank Divine Providence Village for their amazing partnership, and all the medical professionals and support staff who made today such a success.”

Report: 49ers sign LB Nate Gerry - Niners Nation
Gerry struggled mightily with Philadelphia this past season. So much so that he was phased out of the rotation after entering the season as the starter. Gerry, a former safety in college, would often find himself on the wrong end of a mismatch. Per Sports Info Solutions, Gerry allowed 14 catches on 17 targets for 170 yards.

Top potential free agent signings still left for the Cowboys in 2021 free agency - Blogging The Boys
Richard Sherman — Let’s be honest, he is the player that generates the most excitement for a lot of us. His links to new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn are important, as Neal and Kazee illustrate. But he is not alone.

Ed’s 4-round Giants mock draft: Friday’s trades benefit the Giants - Big Blue View
Round 1 (No. 11) — Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida. I had three offers for trades here. The New England Patriots offered pick No. 15 and a 2022 second-round selection. For what it’s worth, the more I do these that seems to be an offer that comes up pretty consistently. The Green Bay Packers offered picks 29, 62, 92 and a 2022 second-rounder for picks 11 and 201. The Arizona Cardinals offered picks 16, 49 and a 2022 sixth-rounder for the 11th selection. The New England and Arizona offers are tempting, but in this scenario I am not passing on the opportunity to add Pitts. His Florida coaches considered him a “unicorn” and he is the No. 3 ranked prospect on the PFN Big Board. Maybe he is redundant with Evan Engram. Maybe, no probably, he’s just better. I don’t know if this would lead the Giants to try and trade Engram or if they would just figure out ways to use Pitts, Engram, Kyle Rudolph, Kenny Golladay and the rest of their receivers. I want the skillset Pitts offers, though, and figuring out what to do with this group is a problem I will gladly hand Jason Garrett and Freddie Kitchens.

Built for prime time - Hogs Haven
It seems to me as if the recent free agent class, led by Ryan Fitzpatrick is set to do exactly the same thing with the Washington Football Team — reinterpret last year’s team into something new and different — something more fun and more exciting. The 2021 iteration looks like it’ll be ready for prime time. This young team should be a lot of fun to watch. If it is, that should provide a powerful springboard for the new name and brand that will define the team starting in 2022, and it should carry us forward into an exciting new era of Washington football.

US report: Bald eagle populations soar in lower 48 states - AP News
The number of American bald eagles has quadrupled since 2009, with more than 300,000 birds soaring over the lower 48 states, government scientists said in a report Wednesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said bald eagles, the national symbol that once teetered on the brink of extinction, have flourished in recent years, growing to more than 71,400 nesting pairs and an estimated 316,700 individual birds.


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