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Eagles News: Philadelphia has the fifth most capital in the 2021 NFL Draft

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2021 NFL Draft Capital: Who Will Own The Draft - NBC Sports Edge
The Philadelphia Eagles have the 5th most draft capital of any team in the draft. And for the Eagles, it’s the most draft capital they’ve owned since 2010, a draft when they ranked 3rd in total draft capital. And this is just the start for the Eagles. As I’ll show further in this article, the Eagles currently rank #1 in projected 2022 draft capital. The year after their 2017 Super Bowl, the Eagles had the least draft capital of any team in the NFL. They had the 10th least in 2019. Those issues, coupled with ranking among the worst teams in the NFL in injury luck, really capped their upside. Last year, the Eagles had less draft capital than in 2016 (or 2017), which was GM Howie Roseman’s first year back responsible for the NFL Draft after the dismissal of Chip Kelly. So 2021 and 2022 mark two years for the Eagles and Roseman to rebuild strongly through the draft should they wish to take advantage of this draft capital.

10 NFL draft prospects who make sense for the Eagles in Round 2 - PhillyVoice
Asante Samuel, Jr., CB, Florida State: Samuel had a lot of PBUs in his FSU career (29 in 31 games), and he started to get a knack for picking off passes in his final season in 2020, when he nabbed 3 of them in 8 games. But, he’s only 5’10, 180. Obviously that’s not ideal for an outside corner, but like his dad, he doesn’t lack for confidence, and he played outside at FSU. The inside-outside traits could be useful early on if the Eagles have Darius Slay follow No. 1 receivers like he did in 2020.

CB vs WR - Iggles Blitz
Think about the last couple of Super Bowls. Each team had a high level receiver. Each team had a good group of receivers. KC and SF had veteran corners. Tampa had a pair of 2nd round picks starting for them, both young. The NFL rules favor offenses. I think you’re better off loading up on offense than defense. If it is even, I’d go WR over CB. If the Eagles have a CB rated higher, take him. I tend to think that Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle will be higher rated than Patrick Surtain or Jaycee Horn. If one of those receivers and one of those corners are on the board, go with the receiver.

NFL Mock Draft: Mel Kiper and Todd McShay combine to make 4 picks for the Eagles - BGN
We’re in prime mock draft season with the 2021 NFL Draft only a little over one week away. The latest one from ESPN is actually a combo from both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, who alternated picks in a mock that goes three rounds deep. Here’s a look at how it played out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

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APRIL MADNESS: Voting Commences in the Eagles Media Field of 64 Championship Game - Crossing Broad
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Which NFL teams should draft first-round quarterbacks? Projecting rookies versus 10 current starters - ESPN+
Jalen Hurts had a QBR of 41 last season, which was worse than every qualifying quarterback except Darnold, albeit in a small sample of 247 action plays. Partially due to the sample and partially due to a lower projection out of college, our forecast is low on Hurts. When the Eagles still had the No. 6 overall pick, it would have made sense for them to select Fields, Jones or Lance, perhaps developing alongside Hurts, as we suggested with Miami. Philadelphia, however, made the responsible choice once it was (presumably) set on sticking with Hurts by trading down six spots. If one of the top quarterbacks happens to fall to No. 12, though, it shouldn’t be a surprise if the Eagles add him.

Can Roseman survive another bad draft? - NBCSP
Can Roseman survive another bad draft? Maybe. And you never know until a couple years later when a bad draft really is one. But if things don’t get better, I could see Lurie looking at that 2022 draft with a likely three 1st-round picks and thinking maybe it’s time to give someone else a crack at this. And it’s not like Lurie is going to make a change because of Phillies fans chanting “Fire Howie,” but he is acutely aware of how the franchise is perceived. And right now it’s not perceived in a positive light. It’s hard to imagine. But as we saw from Banner and Reid, nothing lasts forever. And there’s no more powerful motivation for change than a football team that keeps losing.

2021 NFL Draft Top 300 Big Board: Trevor Lawrence, Patrick Surtain II, Trey Lance — the talent runs deep - The Athletic
9. DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-foot-0, 170 pounds)Despite a slight build and average stopwatch speed, Smith is natural in everything he does, finding space, finishing catches and not going down easy (he is tougher and more competitive than most 225-pound receivers). The Alabama coaches used him across the formation and routinely highlighted him as having the best hands on the team, accounting for only 7 drops on 268 catchable targets in his career. Overall, Smith doesn’t have an elite size/speed profile, leading to legitimate durability concerns, but his explosive athleticism, instinctive route-running and natural hands are what make him a polished playmaker in the Marvin Harrison mold. He projects as a starting Z receiver with Pro Bowl potential. [BLG Note: Jaylen Waddle is 6, Patrick Surtain is 10, and Jaycee Horn is 14.]

Giants “internally considering” trading down from 11th pick — report - Big Blue View
Trading down would mark a groundbreaking move for the Giants general manager, Dave Gettleman. As Rapoport noted, Gettleman has never done so over eight seasons as GM of the Giants or Carolina Panthers. In all of those seasons he either used his pick or traded up for a better pick.

Report: Cowboys CB Rashard Robinson suspended first two games of 2021 season for PED violation - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys are fairly used to having defensive players suspended to begin an NFL season, unfortunately it is something that they have dealt with very often at the beginning of seasons. As fate would have it, they are going down that road once again. We are nearing the 2021 NFL Draft, but that hardly means that NFL news stops trickling in. The league tends to decide things on its own time and whenever it does is when teams have to react. It was reported on Tuesday that Cowboys cornerback Rashard Robinson (note, not Reggie Robinson II) is being suspended for the first two games of the 2021 season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.

Rusty Hardin: We are saying all 22 women suing Deshaun Watson are lying - PFT
If there was any doubt (and there shouldn’t have been) regarding Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson‘s first substantive response to the civil charges against him, there should be none now. His lawyer, Rusty Hardin, admits that Watson and his lawyers believe that the women suing Watson are lying. “Today we answered the lawsuits filed against our client Deshaun Watson,” Hardin said in a statement. “Mr. Watson has been adamant that he did not engage in any improper conduct and we strongly believe him. Therefore, the answer to the question of whether we are saying that all 22 plaintiffs are lying about the allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Watson is a resounding yes.

Off Day Debrief #33: Was Alex Smith worth a #1 pick + Draft rumors + Mike Tomlin’s extension - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) react to the retirement of Alex Smith with Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride. Was Alex Smith worth the first overall pick in the draft? Do we overstate Smith’s influence as a teammate because we like him? Why Stats knows Justin Fields will be the 3rd overall pick. Could the Eagles move back into the top 10? Is Mike Tomlin the guy to lead the Steelers into the post-Roethlisberger era?

Why Chauvin’s conviction matters - Vox
The Derek Chauvin verdict has been nearly a year in the making. Footage of the murder of George Floyd last May has been viewed by millions worldwide, sparking ongoing international protests against police brutality and igniting policy changes to reform and reimagine the role of police. Though the amount of video footage of the killing was unprecedented and the momentum for justice was undeniable, history did not necessarily point to an easy conviction.

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