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A revealing moment in Roseman’s presser and more in Roob’s Eagles observations - NBCSP
10. Since Roseman was restored to power as GM in 2016, the Eagles have drafted 36 players. Only two of the 36 have started 16 games in a season: Carson Wentz in 2016 and 2019 and Isaac Seumalo in 2019.
NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles “love” Kwity Paye and “it’s possible” he’s the pick at No. 12 - BGN
For some, the realistic worst-case scenario for the Philadelphia Eagles’ first-round pick involves the team taking Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye at No. 12. If you’re among his skeptics, well, you’re not going to enjoy the latest rumor leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft. Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network says the Eagles “love” Paye and it is indeed possible he’s Philly’s first-round pick. As with any draft rumor, we must take this information with a grain of salt. But it’s not like Pauline is without legitimate sources. He used to have a role working for the Eagles’ official website. He was also all over some major Eagles news stories in the past. Examples include but aren’t necessarily limited to them signing Byron Maxwell in 2015, them re-signing Brandon Graham in 2019, and Doug Pederson being frustrated in Philly. UPDATE: Pauline also nailed the Eagles taking Jalen Reagor last year:
Final Eagles 7-Round 2021 NFL Mock Drafts! - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski make one last attempt at predicting how the Eagles’ 2021 draft might play out. The guys are joined by special guest Dan Klausner, who joins the panel to judge who made the best picks and give extra insight on discussed prospects.
Final Eagles-only 2021 seven-round mock draft - PhillyVoice
DeVonta Smith could have declared for the 2020 NFL Draft, but he stayed in school for his senior season, which turned out to be a wise move, as he’s now in position to be a top 12 pick in the 2021 draft. In 2020, Smith had a monster season. I mean, obviously. He was the Heisman trophy winner. On the season, he had 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 23 TDs. He also had a 21.5 yards per return average on 11 punt returns, including a TD. Smith is a smooth route runner, he gobbles up yards after the catch, he has great hands, and he can make spectacular catches in traffic. The concern that teams are going to have about Smith is his lack of size, at a rail-thin 166 pounds. Can he beat jams at the line of scrimmage against big, physical corners? Can he be durable? Certainly, he plays much bigger than his slight frame, as you can see here. Don’t overthink it. Just take the guy that consistently cooked SEC defensive backs over the last three years.
Eagles Mock 3.0 - Iggles Blitz
1 – CB DeVonta Smith – Alabama – 6-0, 166. Smith is my favorite college player from the 2020 season. He posted gaudy statistics and the game tape was equally impressive. Whatever Smith did, he did well. Good receiver. Good blocker. Good on special teams coverage. Good punt returner. Smith lacks ideal size, to put it mildly. He’s not a dynamic athlete. What he is…a damn good football player. He is a smooth route runner who knows how to get open. He has great hands and incredible body control. Smith combines ability, skill, brains and an ultra-competitive spirit. Smith would be a terrific addition to the Eagles receiving corps. Beyond that, he’s also the kind of guy you want when you’re trying to turn a team around. He is the kind of foundational player that a new coaching staff wants to work with.
Would Philadelphia Eagles trade up for Justin Fields in 2021 NFL draft? - ESPN
But there seems to be a growing sense around the league that all five of the top QBs — Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, Alabama’s Mac Jones, Fields and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance — will be drafted within the first eight picks, meaning the Eagles would have to trade back into the top 10, a month after moving from No. 6 to 12 overall in a deal with the Miami Dolphins that netted a future first-round pick. It’s possible they move back up at a lesser price — call it a second-rounder — and secure a coveted player while holding onto that newly acquired first-round pick. But the initial move back is not the kind of behavior teams typically exhibit when pursuing a franchise quarterback, because it increases the risk of missing out on the prospect. If the Eagles were hot after Fields, I don’t think they would have moved out of the six hole just to improve their overall draft stock.
50 years later, Harold Carmichael celebrates a humble NFL Draft story and a Hall of Fame career - PE.com
It all kind of comes full circle for Harold Carmichael in 2021, and maybe that’s a harbinger of great things to come for the Philadelphia Eagles. Selected in the seventh round (161st overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft (50 years ago!), Carmichael is prepping, finally, for his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He received his Hall of Fame jacket recently, fighting back tears of joy as he opened the package and tried it on and, just like his life, the jacket was a perfect fit. “It was so exciting. I know I fumbled around with it, but I was so nervous, shaking because it was such an exciting time for me,” Carmichael said. “They texted us and let us know we were going to get our jackets, but mine took a little longer to arrive than everybody else’s. Again, patience.
Eagles sign LifeBrand as Draft room sponsor - Sports Business Journal
The Eagles will have a sponsor name attached to their war room during the NFL Draft starting Thursday, part of a new long-term deal signed this week with Philadelphia-area tech startup LifeBrand. Eagles GM Howie Roseman and coach Nick Sirianni will pick their players from the “Draft Room ...
Playing the odds: Examining the pros, cons of some of the most likely picks for Giants at No. 11 - Big Blue View
I do think that two things are possible. First, DeVonta Smith might slide a bit on Thursday night. Why? The profile of a 166-pound NFL wide receiver is not one that will give NFL general managers the warm and fuzzies. You are betting on a true outlier, and that is something that NFL decision makers often try and avoid in the top of the first round. So there is a chance Smith will be on the board when the Giants are on the clock, whether they stay at 11 or even if they slide back a few spots with a willing trading partner trying to come up for a quarterback. But while I think the scheme fit is right, and that Smith can be that kind of true outlier given his footwork and ability to consistently separate from SEC cornerbacks, you need to ask yourself whether Dave Gettleman is the kind of general manager to go in on such a potential outlier. Does Gettleman seem like the kind of GM who will draft a WR of Smith’s size profile? I think it is possible, but not to the point that I would put my own money at risk.
Debating whether Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn the better choice for the Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
The 2021 NFL draft is only a few days away, and everyone seems to more or less know what the Cowboys are going to do with their tenth overall pick. It’s become increasingly likely that, barring another great prospect falling to Dallas, the pick will be a cornerback. But the debate is between Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II and South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn. The general consensus among lead draft experts is that Surtain is the better player, but there’s a significant contingent of people who prefer Horn. Florida tight end Kyle Pitts seems to be in that contingent, recently telling the Cowboys that Horn is the toughest player he faced this past season.
Washington swapping late round picks with Miami to bring Ereck Flowers back - Hogs Haven
This moves gives them another guard who can start for them this year, and next season when Brandon Scherff likely hits free agency. Or a replacement if Scherff were to get traded. It also gives them more flexibility in the draft. Players like OT Alijah Vera-Tucker have been linked to Washington, but he is projected to play guard in the NFL by a lot of people. Washington now has a lot of players to compete at guard, but is still likely looking for depth or an upgrade at LT.
Trades could be fewer than usual in 2021 NFL Draft’s first round - NFL.com
Not to crush anyone’s hopes or anything, but we might not see quite as much transactional activity on Thursday night. There isn’t as much trade activity as is usual just two days ahead of the draft, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. There’s a good reason for it, too: This class just might not be as rich in elite-level talent at the top. “At the risk of ending up on Old Takes Exposed, it doesn’t seem like there’s as much trade activity right now as there usually is,” Rapoport said during Tuesday’s edition of NFL Total Access. “Now, depending on which quarterbacks are available in the top 10, I would expect there to be at least serious discussion about trading up for one quarterback in the top 10 just based on who probably is taken and where that quarterback ends up going. Absent that, I just don’t hear a ton of trade chatter.
These are the 7 NFL Draft sleepers to watch - SB Nation
The draft projection for Christian Barmore has always been difficult to hammer down. He has rare physical tools defensive coordinators will salivate over, but too often forgets his fundamentals. We’re left with a player who won at the point of attack by being the biggest, most athletic guy on the defensive line, but that edge will evaporate when he hits the NFL and opposing linemen can’t be pushed around as easily. We’re left with a boom or bust prospect, but that’s still a nice upside play for a playoff team in the late 20s or into the second round. I understand arguments why Barmore isn’t worth a top 15 pick, but let’s not pretend the idea of the boom or bust isn’t something that’s played out 100 times before in the NFL Draft, with these guys often going in the Top 10 on potential alone. You simply don’t find 6’4, 310 pound guys with Barmore’s quickness. It will allow him to play multiple positions along the line, and if he lands in the right spot with coaches in place who can put him on the right path to leveraging his fundamentals, well, we could see a three-down defensive player who is a consistent nightmare to deal with.
2021 NFL Draft Community Row: The State of Each NFC Division - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa & Rob “Stats” Guerrera set the state of each NFC division before the 2021 NFL Draft w/special guests Robert Schmitz of Windy City Gridiron and David Walker of The Falcoholic!
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