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2021 NFL Draft: Ideal Day 3 targets for every NFL team - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles: CB Thomas Graham Jr., Oregon. After attacking the wide receiver position in Round 1, Philadelphia turned toward the trenches on Day 2. That leaves perhaps their biggest need, cornerback, as still unaddressed to this point. Graham has an argument to be the best cornerback available entering Day 3. His game isn’t flashy, but he does have multiple years of solid play on tape for Oregon despite opting out of the 2020 season. Graham turned in PFF grades of at least 80.0 in both 2018 and 2019 for the Ducks.

One member of the Eagles’ draft room did not look happy after Philly’s third-round pick - BGN
[UPDATE] Howie Roseman spoke to reporters following their last pick and was asked about the video. He explained that when they were at pick No. 70 there were guys they liked on the board that weren’t there when they moved back, and when you spend all year scouting guys things can get emotional. But, Howie said that’s the fun part of the draft room, all the emotion and energy. At the end of the day Milton Williams is someone they’re excited about.

Locker Room Livestream: Eagles Day 2 pick reactions + Roseman’s awkward interaction - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Shamus Clancy are joined by some BGN community members who grade the Eagles round 2 and round 3 picks. They also predict who the Eagles’ will target on Day 3 and react to the video floating around of Howie Roseman’s awkward interaction with senior football advisor Tom Donahoe, who clearly was not pleased with Philly’s third-round pick.

2021 NFL Draft: Alabama Crimson Tide’s Landon Dickerson is Selected #37 Overall by the Philadelphia Eagles - Roll Bama Roll
Dickerson is in an interesting spot with NFL teams. Were it not for the torn ACL in the SEC championship, he would likely be a near-lock for the first round. He would have gone two straight, full seasons without the injury bug that bit him often at Florida State striking again, and he would be neck-and-neck for the best interior lineman in the draft. As long as he can stay healthy, Landon will be a leader on the line and probably the strongest man in the locker room after a couple of years in the pros. The Eagles are getting a fantastic player and person.

Day 2 Roundup - Iggles Blitz
Former OL loved watching Dickerson play because of his physicality and mean streak. If he didn’t have any injuries, Dickerson would have gone in the 15 to 25 range. But he did have the injuries and that can’t be ignored. Howie Roseman said the team expects him to play this year. They knew Sidney Jones would need to sit out his rookie season, but the Eagles think Dickerson will be on the field this summer or early fall. He will give them depth at C and G. I would think he’s a better fit at guard long term, but we’ll see.

Philadelphia Eagles NFL draft picks 2021: Analysis for every selection - ESPN
My take: The Eagles go to the Alabama well once again to select Dickerson, a team leader with experience at guard and center. The primary concern here is his injury history. Dickerson is coming off an ACL tear suffered in the SEC Championship in December. He has another ACL tear and an ankle injury in his past as well. The Eagles no doubt did extensive work on his medicals, but with cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. and defensive tackle Christian Barmore available at the time, there’s an argument they should have gone in a different direction.

Eagles desperate as ever for cornerback help - NBCSP
The Eagles no doubt will add a corner or two on Saturday. But your odds of finding a cornerback in the fourth round or later are not good. As of now, the top of the depth chart has Darius Slay and — by default — Avonte Maddox, who has been banged up most of his career, did not play well at outside corner when he was healthy last year and isn’t signed beyond 2021. After Slay and Maddox, you have guys like Jameson Houston, Michael Jacquet and Kevon Seymour. The 17 corners the Eagles have drafted since 2004 are Maddox, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas, Blake Countess, Jalen Mills, Eric Rowe, JaCorey Sheperd, Randall Evans, Jordan Power, Brandon Boykin, Curtis Marsh, Trevard Lindley, Jack Ikegwuonu, Rashard Barksdale, Jeremy Bloom, Matt Ware and Dexter Wynn. Mills was very good during the Super Bowl season, Boykin had one very good year in the slot. Poyer has played well for the Bills. But the reality is the Eagles haven’t drafted a consistently above-average cornerback since Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown in the first and second rounds in 2002.

Day 2 Recap: Building in the trenches for 2021 and beyond - PE.com
All along, the plan has been to follow their draft board and not “reach” for a position, to stay patient and let the 2021 NFL Draft come to them, and then be ready to pounce when the moment is right. The Eagles pounced on Thursday night, trading from 12 to 10 in the first round and selecting Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Friday night was the time to wait for the draft to come to their spots, and when that happened the Eagles drafted the best players they thought could help them for the long term in the trenches. If Thursday night was the flash and dash part of the 2021 NFL Draft for the Eagles, Friday night was the meat and potatoes. You build a team from the line of scrimmage out, and that’s the philosophy the Eagles had on Night 2 of the NFL Draft.

Dallas Cowboys draft grade after selecting CB Nahshon Wright No. 99 overall - Blogging The Boys
99. Dallas Cowboys: D. The Dallas Cowboys decision to draft Nahshon Wright with the 99th overall pick in the third-round is a huge reach. Most draft analyst, including Dane Brugler, had Wright ranked as a late seventh-round pick or priority free agent. For the Cowboys to take him in the Top 100 is highly questionable. There were several other higher ranked CB prospects still available the Cowboys could’ve drafted over Wright, which makes it difficult to give this selection anything more than a “D” draft grade and that’s probably being generous. This was a huge reach for a player who could have a hard time even making the 2021 roster.

‘Things I think’ about the Giants after Day 2 of the NFL Draft - Big Blue View
I’m blown away that the Giants were able to get Ojulari at 50. Entering the draft, I had him pegged as the best edge rusher in the class. So did Dane Brugler, terrific draft analyst for The Athletic. Prior to the draft, this is what Brugler told me on the ‘Valentine’s Views’ podcast: “There’s a lot to like with Azeez Ojulari, just the natural tools, but then you also factor in he has the instincts. He can play the run and the pass. He’s not just a one-trick pony. With Azeez Ojulari I do not think 11 would be too early. I think in a lot of ways that makes sense. “If he were the pick at 11, hat tip to the Giants. I think they would get the best pass rusher in the draft and I think they get a good player.”

NFL Draft Special: Day Two Recap - SB Nation
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and RJ Ochoa (Blogging the Boys) recap a crazy day two of the NFL Draft. The Bucs kick off a run at the QB position. Our favorite picks from day two. Packers take a WR - do they deserve the heat they get for not supporting Rodgers? Why RJ hates the Cowboys’ day two picks.

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