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Eagles News: Mel Kiper says Philadelphia got one of the biggest 2021 NFL Draft steals

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Who were the late-round steals in NFL draft? - ESPN
KEVIN NEGANDHI: Who was your late-round steal? ... MEL KIPER JR: I’ll go with a fifth-round running back. I love running backs in round five. I’ll go Kenny Gainwell, running back out of Memphis, who, in 2019, all Kenny Gainwell did was score touchdowns. Catching the football out of the backfield, game-breaking runner, outstanding football player. They get him in round five, he should’ve been taken in round three. That’s a heck of a pick for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Hear from anonymous scouts on the Eagles’ 2021 NFL draft picks and UDFA signings - BGN
Gainwell was the ninth running back selected in this year’s draft. McGinn’s polling had him ranked as the sixth-best player at his position: First scout: “He’s like the kid Dallas took in the fourth round two years ago — (Tony Pollard). I thought he was better than Tony Pollard.” Second scout: “After [Travis] Etienne he’s probably the best receiver. He’s a lot like Alvin Kamara. Only this guy’s faster. More of a straight-line runner.” Third scout: “At worst, he could give you something as a backup runner and on third down. He’s slippery. He’s one of those guys who could end up being a really good pro. He’ll go in the third or fourth and end up becoming a starter.” Fourth scout: “I didn’t see a guy that could really bust and run through contact, which you’ve got to be able to do unless you can manufacture space for him.”

A hint how the Eagles will use new RB Kenny Gainwell - NBCSP
Shortly after the Eagles used their fifth-round pick on Kenny Gainwell out of Memphis, the dynamic running back was asked if he patterns his game after or compares himself to any running backs in the NFL. “Not at all,” he said. “I’m a rare breed. I’m a different one.” But there’s one comparison Gainwell might want to get on board with: Nyheim Hines. Because if there are any hints about how the Eagles want to use Gainwell in Nick Sirianni’s offense, we just need to look at the Indianapolis Colts, who have been utilizing Hines for the last three seasons as a major piece of their offense. Like Gainwell, Hines is a true dual-threat weapon. “Yeah, that’s a good comparison,” Sirianni said when the Hines comparison was presented to him on Saturday evening. “We like a lot of the things that Kenneth can do. He does have a little bit of the things that you’re saying right there — the ability to go outside and win one-on-one outside against the linebackers, against safeties, to come out of the backfield and be able to do that as well. But then again not always having to do that with him

FROM THE SB NATION NFL SHOW: Why the Eagles are draft winners - BGN Radio
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2021 NFL Draft: Lance Zierlein’s three favorite picks by round -
Milton Williams — Reviews of the Williams selection will be mixed, but I like this choice for a couple of reasons. Like the Eagles’ first two picks of the draft (DeVonta Smith and Landon Dickerson), Williams possesses exceptional work ethic and football character. He’s extremely strong for his size and has rare athletic explosiveness that could help turn him into an interior terror if the Eagles can put him into position to unleash it.

How do the Eagles’ 2021 draft picks fit into the roster? -
Smith is going to have a chance to make an immediate impact. Head Coach Nick Sirianni indicated over the weekend that Smith could be moved around the formation. A young group looks for more production in 2021, with three draft picks from a year ago looking to take that big next step. Jalen Reagor, John Hightower, and Quez Watkins look for that vital “next step” in Year 2. J.J. Arcega-Whiteside enters his third season hopeful to hit his stride. Greg Ward is the veteran of the group in his third real season as the team’s slot receiver. Travis Fulgham wowed for four weeks in 2020 before his numbers diminished down the stretch. Khalil Tate is here as he makes the transition from a college quarterback (Arizona) to wide receiver.

2021 NFL Draft Report Card Report - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles’ GPA ranked 16th out of 32 teams.]

The end of an incredible offensive line era is fast approaching - Blogging The Boys
But Father Time wait for no human being. Frederick was the first pin to drop from the regime we hoped would stick around for ages, and the numerous pitfalls that Tyron Smith has endured through the past few seasons present somber omens of a nearing close to his career as well. And Zack Martin, who has managed to stay commendably healthy, just suffered the largest — and lone major injury of his once-unblemished tenure. It’s a sobering realization that’s enveloping right in front of our eyes, and before long, Martin too will have drifted away with the waves of time.

Judge: Daniel Jones’ injury last season “more serious” than reported - Big Blue View
New York Giants coach Joe Judge admitted Monday that Daniel Jones’ hamstring injury was “more serious” than the team let anyone know at the time. “Daniel’s the last guy that’s gonna use anything as an excuse,” Judge said on Michael Kay’s radio show on Monday. “What I would say about the injury last year — it was much more serious than maybe people thought on the outside. I would say … that 90% of the players in the league who would’ve had that injury, including quarterbacks, would have been on IR for the remainder of the year. That’s just the reality of it. It was much more severe than maybe he allowed people to know, or the information that was put out there.”

A season of possibilities - Hogs Haven
From the youngest and least heralded rookies to the oldest players who may be playing their last season as a professional, the narratives have yet to be written. Every player is a potential Kam Curl or Jeremy Reaves or Taylor Heinicke. Unfortunately, some of them will follow in the footsteps of Matt Jones, Arie Kouandjio or Josh Doctson. For now, let’s enjoy getting to know each member of our new roster. The contract dollars, draft status or history with other teams no longer matters. The pre-draft rankings or career narratives can be forgotten. The Washington Football Team has its 2021 roster substantially compete, and we face a season of possibilities.

Off Day Debrief #35: NFC Draft Winners & Losers + Christian McCaffrey - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation), Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) and RJ Ochoa (Blogging the Boys) run through the teams they thought did the best and the worst in the draft in the NFC. Plus, Raichele Privette catches up with Christian McCaffrey. Why the Eagles’ whole draft class comes down to one pick. Did the Cowboys whiff on a chance to return to greatness? Why BLG isn’t sold that Justin Fields will work in Chicago. Why the Panthers will have a QB from the NFC North a year from now.


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