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Will Howie Roseman listen to Andy Weidl and his scouts, rather than Jeffrey Lurie and others, when the Eagles draft this year? - Inquirer
Roseman can’t please everyone. But recent results have been subpar, and to some Eagles scouts, the primary reason has been the GM’s indifference to the boards Weidl, and before him Douglas, put together with assistance from their staff after months of assessing and living with the prospects. “It would always frustrate the guys,” a member of the personnel department said recently, “because we’re sitting here in meetings, watching tape, grinding it out, talking about players, and [scouts] are out for months away from their families, and then Howie walks in with his top 50 no matter what our board says. “And that’s obviously what happened last year.” What happened last year has been well established through prior reporting by The Inquirer. Roseman drafted wide receiver Jalen Reagor and quarterback Jalen Hurts with the first two picks when, based upon Weidl’s board, receiver Justin Jefferson and safety Jeremy Chinn would have been the selections, according to Eagles sources.
Eagles pre-draft presser: Howie Roseman explains trading down, Nick Sirianni talks rock, paper, scissors - BGN
“Flexibility creates opportunity,” Roseman explained. He went on to detail how having an extra first round pick is rare, and being able to secure that in 2022 was important. They looked at whether there were 12 players in this draft that they felt comfortable with, and when they discussed it, they felt comfortable making the move and felt like they were also getting a premium. Roseman talked about how it was important when talking to the Dolphins, to know who was trying to get their No. 3 pick. Once they learned it was the Niners, they knew three quarterbacks would be coming off the board, so it let them narrow down who might be available at No. 12. The move isn’t a sign that Jalen Hurts is the automatic starter, and Sirianni said it was too early to name a starter at any position. He emphasized that one of his core values is competition, and they’ve only been working with the guys for two days, so there’s still a lot of time for competition at every position.
NFC East Mixtape Vol. 1: Where does the division stand? Draft pick projections + Alex Smith retires - BGN Radio
The cat is out of the bag and you’re in for a treat! On the premiere episode of the NFC East Mixtape, Brandon Lee Gowton and RJ Ochoa discuss all things surrounding the division including the current state of the NFC East, potential draft picks and Alex Smith’s decision to retire.
Taking a look at where things stand in the NFC East a week ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft - Blogging The Boys
In celebration of the NFL’s most-storied division, we started a new show on the Blogging The Boys podcast feed (you can subscribe on Apple devices right here or on Spotify right here). Starting today every Wednesday you can here Brandon Lee Gowton from Bleeding Green Nation and myself either on the BTB feed or the BGN feed talking all things NFC East, obviously with a bit of a heavier emphasis on the Cowboys and Eagles. It is one show that is accessible in two different places, the first of its kind across the SB Nation network. The thought here is that we all obviously care about what is happening within the division. Hearing multiple perspectives on it, including the one we tend to hate the most, is informational and instructive. It is truly an objective environment. Also, if you are curious how things are being received on the other side of the fence during things that BLG and I have done together on The SB Nation NFL Show, Eagles fans have generally found themselves rather pleased with me. The lesson here is that all Eagles fans love all Cowboys fans.
Nick Sirianni has a personality, and that’s a good thing - NBCSP
While GM Howie Roseman answered questions with all his usual excitement of an actuary reading valuations off a balance sheet and VP of player personnel Andy Weidl spoke blandly about how “time will tell” how good this defensive line class is, there’s Sirianni just about jumping out of his seat at the opportunity to talk ball. I liked it. And his players will like it. Because it’s real. This isn’t an act. It’s who he is. The only thing NFL players – or any athletes – want in a coach is someone who knows his stuff and someone who’s genuine. And no matter how fast Sirianni talks, it’s pretty clear he checks both those boxes. I want passion. I want energy. I want a guy who gives a damn. I want a guy nearly knocking the table over because he’s so darn hyped up talking about blitz pickups or curl routes.
DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle? Daniel Jeremiah says choosing is “splitting hairs” - Big Blue View
When he wasn’t making jokes about Dave Gettleman and right turns in NASCAR, NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah did make a couple of serious points about the New York Giants during a videoconference with media on Wednesday to preview the 2021 NFL Draft. There has been a great deal of debate over which Alabama wide receiver, DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle, would be a better choice should the Giants want a pass-catcher at No. 11. Jeremiah said choosing between the two is “splitting hairs.” “I have Waddle over Devonta Smith, but you could say, okay, well, they’ve got — with Slayton he can kind of stretch the field a little bit. I think Devonta Smith would give you that pure route runner that’s going to be able to uncover and win on third downs and be kind of Daniel Jones’ best friend,” Jeremiah said.
Which DeVonta Smith Draft Questions Are Legitimate, and Which Are Just Hot Air? - The Ringer
The Alabama receiver won the Heisman Trophy last year after one of the best college football seasons of all time. But as concerns are raised over his size, age, and star-studded former team, it’s time to ask: Should they really affect his NFL draft stock?
Report: Colts Checked in on Andrew Luck’s Retirement Before the Carson Wentz Trade - Stampede Blue
According to NBC Sports Peter King on ‘The Dan Patrick Show’, the Indianapolis Colts checked in on former franchise quarterback Andrew Luck’s retirement before trading for newly acquired ex-Philadelphia Eagles cornerstone Carson Wentz earlier this offseason (via ‘The Dan Patrick Show’s’ Andrew Perloff).
The Palpably Unfair Podcast #33: Teams “One Draft Away” from Contending + Danny Wuerffel Interview - The SB Nation NFL Show
Kyle Posey and Kate Magdziuk break down a half dozen teams that are a successful NFL Draft away from being legit contenders PLUS RJ Ochoa speaks with former Gator great Danny Wuerffel about life, golf, the NFL Draft and more!
May We Never Take Joel Embiid for Granted - Liberty Ballers
This is not a painstaking clap-back against the mainstream media and prospective voters who seem to have all but penciled in Nikola Jokic as this year’s MVP. I care not to spend a thousand words pounding the table for Joel Embiid’s candidacy, his defense, his gargantuan impact on the court. I won’t be delving into how we ought to actually define “valuable” in present-day basketball. I’m not here to contextualize Embiid’s dominant season in the pantheon of historic NBA performances. I won’t be embedding screenshots from Basketball Reference in an effort to draw comparisons between Joel’s 2021 season and the likes of Wilt, MJ, Shaq, or others. Nor am I here to break down the X’s and O’s of exactly how and why Embiid has made this most meaningful leap. I am here to celebrate the fact that Joel Embiid is a Philadelphia 76er.
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