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Eagles News: Daniel Jeremiah grades Philadelphia’s 2021 NFL Draft class an A+

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Majority of Eagles’ 2021 draft class was on ex-NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah’s top-150 big board | Who was biggest steal? -
The former Eagles, Browns and Ravens evaluator gave his old team an A+ for their rookie class following the draft. Jeremiah, now the lead draft analyst for NFL Network, had seven of the Eagles’ nine draft picks on his top-150 big board. [...] Based on Jeremiah’s board, the Eagles got strong value on Day 3 of the draft with four of their six picks. Gainwell, Tuipulotu and Johnson, in particular, were huge value picks. Jeremiah, speaking on NFL Network, called Tuipulotu one of the biggest steals of Day 3. “At one point and time, he was in my Top 50,” Jeremiah said. “So, to get him at 189, I thought, was a tremendous steal there for the Eagles.” The Eagles’ top three picks — Smith, Dickerson and Williams — seemed to follow — at least coincidentally — Jeremiah’s value chart. The Eagles said they stuck to their board throughout the draft, and if their list was similar to Jeremiah’s board, then they made out with fair-to-terrific value throughout the weekend.

The Giants want to play the Eagles, who typically own them, in Week 1 - BGN
The New York Giants are apparently hoping to see the Philadelphia Eagles as their Week 1 opponent when the 2021 NFL schedule is officially unveiled this Wednesday.

Eye On The Enemy #53: Grading the NFL Draft w/ Evan Silva - BGN Radio
On Episode 53 of Eye on the Enemy, Evan Silva from Establish the Run joins host John Stolnis to offer his grades for the Philadelphia Eagles’ 2021 Draft, as well as grades for the rest of the teams in the NFC East. Also, are the Birds a good bet to win the division next year? John lists all the things that need to happen for that possibility to become a reality.

NFC East 2021 draft grades: Giants edition - PhillyVoice
The Giants’ 2021 selections were hit and miss, in my opinion. On the bright side, Ojulari and Smith will add depth to a position of extreme need, and the Giants were able to land both of them at value spots in the draft. On the critical front, I could quibble about Toney’s value at pick No. 20, but if he becomes a player who is a pain in the ass to defend, then it will have been worth the move back for an extra first-round pick in 2022. Oh, and the Bears probably won’t be good in 2022, so that may very well end up being a high pick. In the past I’ve knocked the Giants for taking a “win now” approach to draft picks and free agent signings when they weren’t reasonably going to contend. In this draft, I applaud their long-term thinking, in hoarding a slew of valuable picks in 2022.

Eagles mailbag: Best and worst case scenarios in 2021 - NBCSP
Worst case: This might seem weird, but I actually don’t think the worst case long-term would be a two or three-win team. Honestly, the worst-case would be that Hurst is just OK or slightly above average. Any season where the Eagles end it still not sure if he can be the franchise quarterback isn’t ideal. Because then the Eagles would be in a situation where they have to decide if they give up on a good quarterback and try to land one they hope can be elite. Either way, you’d think the Eagles will want to know. Aside from Hurts, the other things that could go wrong: Sirianni looks overmatched, injuries still pile up, Smith’s size ends up being a problem, Wentz gets hurt before hitting 70% of their snaps and the Colts are still great without him.

NFC East in 2021: Cowboys are favored, but can Washington repeat? - ESPN
The NFC East is up for grabs for the 2021 NFL season. That’s nothing unusual. After all, this is a division that hasn’t had a repeat winner since the Philadelphia Eagles in 2004. As if that’s not enough, none of the division’s storied franchises managed to finish with a winning record last season, leaving lots of room for improvement. The Washington Football Team is the default defending NFC East champion after finishing 7-9. But the Dallas Cowboys are still the early favorites, for seemingly the 20th consecutive year. Clearly hope annually springs eternal for Cowboy Nation. It would be foolish to count out anybody in this unpredictable division, especially considering the major offseason moves made by Washington, the New York Giants and Philadelphia. As the odds note, every team is a contender, albeit some more popular with the general public than others.

Report: Chiefs sign safety Will Parks to a one-year deal - Arrowhead Pride
Parks will be 27 years old in July. He has played five seasons in the NFL; he was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft and remained on the team through the remainder of his rookie contract. As an unrestricted free agent in the 2020 offseason, Parks signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in six games for them before the team released him following their Week 12 contest. He was claimed off waivers by the Broncos for the remainder of the season.


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