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Going Inside - Iggles Blitz
Christian Barmore will turn 22 this summer. He lacks ideal experience and is raw. He’s also got a tremendous combination of size, strength and speed. He could be come a disruptive force in the NFL. Barmore is ideal for a 1-gap scheme and could thrive in the Eagles new defense. Why take him at 12? NFL teams get rid of the ball very quickly these days. Getting pressure up the middle is more important than ever. Cox and Javon Hargrave are gifted pass rushers, but there is logic in adding another talent to the interior DL. Barmore would be hitting his prime right as Cox starts to fade. You can also mix in Cox at DE if you want to get him, Barmore and Hargrave on the field at the same time. I’m not saying the Eagles should make this move, but there would be some logic to it. That’s especially true if the draft board doesn’t go as the Eagles hope.
Teams REALLY like Christian Barmore. If he's the second or third defender off the board, I won't be surprised.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 15, 2021
Ranking the top 20 cornerbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft - BGN
1) Patrick Surtain II, Alabama. Funny enough that a lot of the best cornerbacks in this class are legacy players with dad’s who made a big impact in the NFL. Patrick Surtain was a physical playmaker for the Dolphins during his career and his son has a similar trajectory. Surtain II has immense physical talent and flashes potential as a ball hawk and run defender. He is highly experienced and still, somehow, can keep getting better. Pro Comparison: Carlton Davis.
Eagles Film Review: What should be expected from new linebacker Eric Wilson? - Inquirer
If the Eagles don’t use Wilson on special teams, it’ll likely mean that he has won one of their top two linebacker spots. The film, the contract and his relationship with Gannon and new linebackers coach Nick Rallis project as much. But skepticism on how he’ll perform is fair based on the Eagles’ checkered history with the position.
Peter King calls Carson Wentz’s behavior ‘mind-boggling’ - NBCSP
King, speaking on the Eagle Eye podcast on Thursday, said he blames Wentz for the deterioration of the quarterback’s relationship with the Eagles and said it made perfect sense for the Eagles to draft Jalen Hurts considering Wentz’s injury history. “I’m honestly mind-boggled by the reaction of Carson Wentz,” King said. “This is the big-boy league. You’ve got to understand that the best part of ability is availability, and if you’re not there or might not be there, that team has to buy insurance for if you’re not there. I believe – and one of the reasons why I thought Jalen Hurts was a good pick – that the backup quarterback is one of the most important people on your team. Because you better be sure that if your starting quarterback gets hurt, your season isn’t over.”
Eagles mourn the loss of Leroy Keyes - PE.com
The Eagles organization extends its deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Leroy Keyes, who passed earlier Thursday. A former top draft pick who spent four seasons with the team, Keyes died at his home in West Lafayette, Indiana at the age of 74. He is survived by his wife, Monica, and four children: Raymond, Jacqueline, Courtland, and Colin. Keyes was chosen by the Eagles with the third overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft out of Purdue, where he was a legendary running back, defensive back, and return specialist. Nicknamed “The Golden Mr. Do-Everything,” Keyes finished as the school’s all-time leader in touchdowns (37), points (222), and all-purpose yards (3,757).
NFL draft tier rankings 2021: Todd McShay’s highest-graded prospects for this class - ESPN+
2. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (94). 3. Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (94). 4. Zach Wilson, QB, Brigham Young (93). 5. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (93). 6. Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (93). 7. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (93). 8. Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (93). 9. Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (93). 10. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (92). 11. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (92). 12. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, ILB, Notre Dame (92). What stands out about this group is the pass-catching talent. Each of the four offensive weapons with a 92-plus grade brings something a little different, too. Pitts is a matchup nightmare, thanks to his size, speed, hands and ridiculous wingspan. Chase is elite in the way he adjusts to the ball in the air and is a physical presence. Smith is a savvy route runner with soft hands and explosive acceleration. And Waddle is probably the most elusive player in the class when the ball is in his hands, burning defenders both vertically and after the catch.
Could Jeremy Reaves be the WFT’s long term option at free safety? - Hogs Haven
Unfortunately for him - but fortunately for Washington - Reaves wasn’t selected in any round of the draft. Concerns about his size (he was 5’10”, 204 lbs at draft time) and his “over aggressiveness” in the secondary ultimately caused his stock to fall. The Eagles saw his value though, and picked him up as an undrafted free agent. There, he was seen as a potential special teamer - called out for his great tackling ability - and depth player in the secondary. Again, unfortunately for Reaves, but fortunately for Washington, he was waived by the Eagles before the 2018 season.
Cowboys 2021 free agents: Aldon Smith joining the Seattle Seahawks on a one-year deal - Blogging The Boys
There was an initial point of confusion with this signing regarding a potential future compensatory pick that the Dallas Cowboys could receive. According to The Dallas Morning News the Cowboys will not be receiving a compensatory pick of any kind for Aldon Smith.
Giants players join others rejecting in-person voluntary workouts - Big Blue View
New York Giants players have joined those from several other NFL teams in saying they will not participate in the in-person voluntary offseason workout program. Players from the Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos have all issued statement through the NFL Players Association rejecting attending in-person workouts.
SackSEER 2021 - Football Outsiders
Overall, SackSEER puts Jaelan Phillips at a projection of just over 30 sacks, which is nearly identical to the projection of last year’s top prospect, Chase Young. Truth be told, you would probably prefer a prospect such as Young over Phillips—after all, Phillips played in only 20 career games and his best season was the bizarre 2020. That said, over half of historical edge rusher prospects with 30-sack projections have gone in the top 10 in the draft. Phillips, by contrast, is slated to go in the middle of the first round, which would make him a great potential value pick if he performs similarly to other top SackSEER prospects in the past.
Mike Vrabel: Jim Schwartz may help in looking at players for the draft - PFT
Schwartz, 54, was most recently the Eagles’ defensive coordinator. But he was also the Lions head coach for five years, and was previously the Bills and Titans defensive coordinator. During an event with season ticket holders on Thursday, Vrabel elaborated on what Schwartz will do for Tennessee, particularly this month. “I think what his role is, it’s just like everybody else: To help the team, to help us win,” Vrabel said, via Jim Wyatt of the Titans’ website. “No job is too small for any of us, and I am confident that is what he’ll do. As he works his way into what we are doing, it has been good to see him meeting with different guys and meeting with the defense and meeting with me. “I would imagine that maybe he would look at players for the draft, as we get down here and we get a different set of eyes, a guy that has been around the league for a lot of years and has been successful.”
NFL Daily Kickoff, Friday - The NFL announces official sports betting partnerships - The SB Nation NFL Show
We are less than two weeks away from the 2021 NFL Draft, but there is still a lot happening in the National Football League machine! We now know that we won’t know about the schedule for at least a couple of weeks, plus the league officially has some new betting partnerships. Check out the latest episode of NFL Daily Kickoff as we catch you up.
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