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  1. I just watched LeGarrette Blount's press conference. He seems like a great guy!--and appears to have a genuinely good nature. That's a big plus--so we don't need to worry about him punching women or threatening to run over meter maids in his car. ;-) "Now what?" Well, once we get another CB (if they need one), the next big 'need' is for someone in the Eagles organization to figure out a way to keep these guys out of certain 'night' clubs this year (unlike last year). That's the kiss of death to athletes. No one can make those kinds of bad choices and be at their very best, either as athletes or men, and true champions have to be at their best in both respects. One more comment--I really liked one of Mike Groh's practice drills with the rookies, where the receiver catches the ball and instantaneously one of the coaches tries to bat it out of his hands with a rubber club! I can't wait to see Agholor doing that drill. Btw, Shelton Gibson is seriously fast and quick.
  2. "Now what?" Fortunately, that's an easy question to answer--which is a good sign!: the Eagles need another potential starting CB, & preferably one that can play safety too. That's their biggest potential weakness right now, as I see it, since they seem to be depending on Mills and Douglas to be their starters in 2017. Which may work out, but they can't put all their hopes in those two. Last pre-season, I thought C.J. Smith was a better athlete than Mills, so maybe he'll show improvement, but unfortunately they didn't give Smith much experience last year. Grymes & Robinson might surprise too. I hope so. But they really need to acquire one more promising player, IMO. Otherwise, they might need more LB depth--especially behind Hicks at MLB. Not sure. Of course I like the acquisition of Blount. Though when Roseman called the 2017 draft 'historic for running backs" I expected the Eagles would draft a much younger bruiser, like Perine or Foreman, etc., who had a long career ahead of them. (Perine is already impressing Gruden in Washington.) So, I was disappointed that they didn't do so. Nevertheless, the Blount 'bandaid' works for me, so long as our O-L can play well enough. (And they didn't even have to trade Kelce to get him!)
  3. I see I've been directly addressed, so okay, one more post: John Reaves, We'll see who turns out to be the better player--Barnett or Walker--no one has a crystal ball (especially the Eagles front office, which they've proven repeatedly in recent years). However, my comment wasn't so much a negative about Barnett, as it was an enthusiastic plug for Walker (as well as my belief that the Eagles needed CBs & RBs more). I think Walker got a little underrated in this draft. Though I certainly hope Barnett turns out to be the better player. That's why I said I'd give Roseman & Douglas a solid B grade for this draft, if Barnett and Jones work out as future 'pro bowl' players--but wouldn't give them an A grade due to their not solving the Eagles' #1 & #2 RB vacancies--when they had a strong draft to do so, & for not adding a promising back up safety as well--which the team will desperately need if either Jenkins or McLeod gets injured. Your point that the Eagles finished #11 in the league last year in rushing means nothing--because the Eagles aren't expected to keep last year's #1RB, RMatthews, since he's never made it through a single season without getting injured, and now has a spinal disc issue. Also, Barner is gone, and Sproles is retiring. That leaves Smallwood and Watson--who haven't proven anything (not yet). Therefore, last year's stats are meaningless--that is, unless the Eagles plan on keeping Matthews, and he can somehow manage to play through an entire season. Which would be great. But I don't think anyone's counting on that. And, why repeat last year's mistake? (Though I'm little surprised by your stats, as I don't recall the Eagles being strong running the ball on critical third downs last year.) So, I hope what Dave suggests in his article, that the Eagles "are not done yet" is the truth! As I expect most fans would consider it smarter for the Eagles to add a dependable #1 RB before the start of the season, then to throw the dice again with Matthews. Besides, they can't afford to do so, as they no longer have a RB like Barner as back up. (Though I'd be fine, as I've said before, with Matthews as our #2.) So, I stand by my previous assertion, that with Mixon, Perine, and Cohen, the Eagles would have gone a long way towards solving their RB issues 'for years to come', and also picked up a very promising 2018 replacement for Sproles in Cohen (who is the "quickest" back Mayock says he's "ever seen"). The truth is that in order for Wentz to become a great quarterback, he will need a great running back to do so, & at least one. Right now, the Eagles don't have that (except for Sproles for one more season). As for Jones, I've been through a torn Achilles myself, and it's not a minor injury. It takes a long time, and some athletes never *fully* recover from that injury. Fortunately Jones is only 20 years old, so things look positive right now. Even so, the Eagles would be unwise to try to push his recovery process, & early October sounds way too optimistic to me. (Unless they have some special therapy I don't know about.) Generally, I tend to associate Achilles problems with more seasoned athletes, ones that have had more wear and tear on their bodies. Which makes me wonder whether the 20 yr. old Jones may be more injury prone than your average pro athlete? Though don't misunderstand, I like the pick--Jones was high on my list too. My criticism is more that the Eagles only drafted two CBs from this highly touted class. I think it should have been three--especially since Jones won't be starting in 2017. Plus, if either Jones or Douglas doesn't work out, the Eagles will remain weak at CB--unless one of last years' guys shows big improvement. But, Jalen Mills as a starter? Opposing teams threw at Mills in every single game last year, including the preseason, and in most games, it not only worked out, it cost us. Granted, he showed some potential, but at other times he looked lost and too slow to be a starting CB in the NFL. As for my wildly speculative trades--I don't think getting an extra 3rd round pick was a big stretch, or difficult, especially when I was talking about a mid to late 3rd round pick, and there were 31 teams to broker a deal with. Clearly, the Eagles have a number of players on the trading block that other teams are interested in--such as JMatt and Kendricks, not to mention future draft picks, which every team's interested in. And, I think a trade was well worth doing, since the Eagles had *zero* picks between No. 44 and No. 99--at the heart of the draft. Of course I hope my pick--Samaje Perine--turns out to be a bust for the Redskins (for the Eagles' sake), but, I'd bet good money that between Mixon & Perine, one of them becomes a strong starting RB in the NFL (maybe both). People here also didn't think that Tennessee would trade up in the 1st round, prior to the draft, and were sceptical when I suggested it. But Tennessee did trade up to get a QB. So clearly, I wasn't too far off with my expectations. And if the Eagles had traded down, I don't think it was at all unrealistic to think they could have picked up a extra 2nd round pick in order to acquire Mixon (though probably not Cook). So, my trade 'strategies' weren't implausible, as it turned out.
  4. I don't think this was a great draft for the Eagles. The reason being they didn't fully address several of their most pressing needs for 2017--that is, two starting CBs, with added depth at that position, a #1 & #2 RB, and a strong back up safety behind Jenkins & McLeod (since Watkins didn't get the job done last year). If either Jenkins or McLeod gets injured this year, the Eagles' defense will be in trouble. However, they did have a good draft. I'd give them a B- (& maybe a B if both Barnett and Jones work out in a 'pro bowl' way). I believe a step by step review of the results of my own detailed mock draft (posted earlier) sheds some light on what Roseman & Douglas did wrong, and what they were able to accomplish with this draft. Out of curiosity, yesterday, I checked to see how I would have done--round by round--if I'd actually been drafting for the Eagles. If anyone's interested, here are my results: Round 1--CB Kevin King. My goal was to get two of the top cornerback prospects for the price of Sam Bradford (or our #14 pick). I'd have traded down to the 20s from #14, and picked up an additional 2nd round pick (I had mentioned Tennessee, who in fact did trade up to get a QB, but it could have been any other team in the low to mid 20s). Among my top CB picks, I'd have lost out on Lattimore (as expected), Humphrey, and Jackson (and I passed on Conley and Jones, each for different reasons). That would have left the impressive Kevin King, who was the 1st pick of the 2nd round--so, I'd have gotten King. Round 2--RB Joe Mixon. I've explained in detail why I wouldn't have had a problem drafting Mixon, so I won't go into all that again here. In my view, Mixon was the best & most versatile RB in the draft (with the possible exception of Fournette), and a perfect fit for the Eagles. With Mixon, our #1 RB problems would have been solved for years to come. Most regrettably, Roseman & Douglas didn't solve this problem--as I expect the Steelers beat them to RB James Conner, and that was a major flaw in their draft, and one of the main reasons why I didn't give them a stronger grade. Round 2 (by trading down at #14)--CB Chidobe Awuzie. Sorry, but I consider Awuzie a better prospect than Douglas. (though I hope I'm wrong.) Even worse, Awuzie went to the Cowboys. With King & Awuzie, the Eagles would have gotten two very promising CBs that could potentially start in 2017.* (* With the past help of this football-savvy forum, I would have also added either CB Kayvon Webster (who the Eagles dragged on & missed) or Marcus Cooper *early* in free agency, instead of Patrick Robinson, and the Eagles' CB group would now be looking very strong headed into the 2017 season, & beyond.) Round 3 (as mentioned in my mock, I would have acquired an additional 3rd round pick via a trade)--RB Samaje Perine. Yes, I would have traded the inconsistent WR Jordan Matthews (& another player or draft pick, if need be) to get back our 3rd round pick lost in the Jerningan trade. With the idea of drafting either RB Samaje Perine or DE/OLB Demarcus Webster (before the No. 99 pick). As it turned out, Webster went according to his original draft projection (& not to where he had dropped after his average Combine showing). So, I would have missed out on Webster, but acquired Perine easily (who went surprisingly late). Unfortunately, Perine went to the Redskins!, and I believe that will come back to haunt the Eagles. A mistake, IMO. The more sure-handed Paul Turner could have then easily taken over JMatt's role in the slot. Too bad, because Mixon & Perine would have complimented each other perfectly in the Eagles backfield. Round 3 (pick #99)--either WR Amara Darboh or DT Nazair Jones. This pick was originally intended to be DE/OLB Demarcus Walker, which wouldn't have worked out. The next D-line player on my mock was DT Nazair Jones, who I would have been able to draft at #99--just barely ahead of Seattle, who took him at #102. However, I'm not sure if DT was the Eagles most pressing need here. And if not, the next need on my mock was WR, & I liked WR K.D. Cannon, but *not* this early in the draft, as I considered Cannon to be a late round 'sleeper'. With favored WRs Godwin, Smith-Schuster, and Stewart now off the board, the next WR on my list was Amara Darboh, and I would have been able to draft Darboh at #99 just ahead of Seattle, who took him at #106. In deciding between Darboh or Jones, I would have first needed to consult with coaches Pederson & Schwartz, in order to better gauge which player best suited the team's needs (& I suspect it would have been Darboh). However, either pick would have pissed off Pete Carroll. Round 4 (No. 118)--RB Tarik Cohen. I had left this pick flexible, with the idea that if the Eagles didn't get Mixon, I'd draft RB James Conner here. As it turned out, Conner went earlier than expected--to the Steelers (no surprise), but I did get Mixon. So it wasn't a problem. As stated, I would have then bumped up my 2nd 4th round pick and taken RB Tarik Cohen at No. 118, and I would have gotten Cohen by a hair, as the Bears took him at No. 119! Cohen was my first pick to become Sproles replacement, something I had talked about here since before Sproles even announced his 2018 retirement. If the Eagles had lost out on Cohen, my 'replacement' pick was Donnel Pumphrey, who the Eagles did draft. I do like Pumphrey, but believe Cohen is the better prospect by a mile. (I suspect the Eagles messed up with Cohen, thinking he'd go later, and were then jolted into trading up for Pumphrey out of desperation not to lose out completely). Round 4 (No. 139)--S Xavier Woods. Having bumped all my picks forward a round (by moving up with Cohen), my next choice would have been CB Ashton Lampkin. However, as with Cannon, I considered Lampkin a 'late' round sleeper, and wouldn't have taken him this early in the draft. Considering that I was never quite sure where to rank S Xavier Woods in the draft (my next pick) and knew GreenbleedinFL had Woods going as early as the 4th round, I would have made this promising, hard hitting safety our No. 139 pick. And, as it turned out, that would have upset the Cowboys plans!, who traded up to get Woods in the 5th round. It's too bad he's going to be a Cowboy. Round 5--CB Ashton Lampkin. This pick would have been a partial mistake on my part because Lampkin went un-drafted--only to be later signed by the Chiefs. However, like Andy Reid, I don't see Lampkin as a mistake. In fact, given the Eagles deficit at cornerback, I think they were foolish not to at least sign Lampkin as an un-drafted prospect (or did Reid beat them to it?). The Chiefs also picked up safety Jordan Sterns, who I had likewise considered to be a good late round DB prospect in this draft. That's the one thing I always admired about Andy Reid, he's sharp when it comes to recognizing players with real NFL talent. Round 6 (no. 194)--OT Connor McDermott. This round would have been a tricky one, since I took Xavier Woods earlier than expected. My next pick was to be LB Jaylen-Reeves Maybin, and he too was taken earlier. After that, the highest need on my mock was O-L depth. My favorite 'late' O-L picks were G Isaac Asiata, OT Connor McDermott, and G Kofi Amichia. Asiata went in the 5th round, so I wouldn't have gotten him. Though I did see that the Patriots traded up to get McDermott at #211, so yes! I would have gotten McDermott before Bill Belichick & the Patriots could grab him! You know you're doing something right when mess up Belichick's plans. As for Amichia, no one expected him to get drafted (he didn't even have a draft profile!), and to everyone's surprise (except mine) the Green Bay Packers took Amichia in the 6th round. As I had previously noted, RB Marlon Mack didn't break all of USF's rushing records in two consecutive years without the help of a strong O-L, and yet no one except the Packers seems to have noticed that the huge yet mobile Amichia had switched from OT to G for the 2017 draft, which made him a more attractive prospect. Amichia may turn out to be a valuable guard for Green Bay. Round 7 (no. 230)--WR K.D. Cannon. My intention with the 7th round was to (1) pick up the best WR left on my list, if any were still available, and if not, then (2) add a speedster WR or RB to be a potential KO/P returner (such as Whitfield, Boldin Jr., or Muhammad). Here were the 'best' WRs still on my board in the 7th (in the order I intended to pick them)--K.D. Cannon (UDFA to the 49ers), Noah Brown (7th round to Cowboys), Keevan Lucas (UDFA--to the Bills?), and Isaiah Ford (7th round to the Dolphins). Finally, in addition to safety Jordan Sterns (mentioned in a previous mock), I'd have gone after the following players as 'undrafted' free agents--S Orion Smith (Broncos signed him), WR Keevan Lucas (Bills signed?), WR Travis Rudolph (Giants signed), WR Kermit Whitfield (Bears signed), WR/KO/P returner Victor Boldin Jr. (49ers signed), WR Trey Griffey (Colts signed), and LB Ironhead Gallon (for special teams--unsigned). Of those on my UDFA list, I would not have gotten WR Rodney Adams, who went in the 5th round, nor RB Khalfani Muhammad, who the Titans picked in the 7th round. I also rated WR Damore'ea Stringfellow highly (as a possible 4th round pick), but wasn't okay with his 'off field' behavior (nor was anyone else apparently, except Miami). In summary: Yes, I missed big at DE (unlike Roseman & Douglas) by not getting Demarcus Walker (who I liked even more than Barnett). But I didn't consider DE to be one of the Eagles most pressing needs right now (not as much as CB & RB)--since they had 5 good DEs going into the draft (and I'm high on Steven Means). However, I believe I did strike gold with my three RB choices (unlike the Eagles), and added several promising CB starters & back ups for 2017, and much needed depth at S. All big needs for this team. Though only time will tell. I'll be back in the summer. Take care everyone!
  5. I hope Barnett works out. He's a good pick--I'd say a B to B+. The comparison to Reggie White is misleading. Barnett isn't White. In White's day college teams threw the ball less, so Barnett had a lot more opportunities to break White's record. (College teams may even play more games?) Though agreed, if Barnett turns out to be anywhere near as good as White in the NFL, he'll have been a great pick. Let's hope so. But what concerns me most about the Barnett pick isn't Barnett, it's how the pick may negatively impact the rest of the Eagles draft from the standpoint of what they most needed to get in this draft--i.e., 2 very good starting CBs and a #1 RB. That's why I thought it made a lot more sense for the Eagles to go after DE Demarcus Walker later in the draft to fill the DE need (which isn't their most pressing need & Walker impresses me at least as much as Barnett), and use their first round pick to get a top tier starting CB (one of two). Actually, I thought it made more sense for the Eagles to trade down from #14 (& mentioned Tennessee as a possibility) to get an additional 2nd round pick, so that they could then draft two top tier CBs in the 1st and 2nd rounds, *and* get a top tier #1 RB as well--thus addressing their most important needs (& doing so very well). What good is having strong D-line, if you don't have CBs that can cover? Receivers will get open, and opposing QBs will simply get rid of the ball faster. To my surprise, the Eagles didn't focus on CBs in free agency (& Robinson had multiple injuries last year--so his body may be breaking down), and now they've just lost out on Lattimore and passed on Humphrey, Jackson, Conley, and White. I don't mean to sound overly negative, and still hope for the best (& that Robinson can return to good form this year), but by taking Barnett and waiting to address their most important need of finding *two* starting CBs for 2017 the Eagles have taken a big risk here. Because, of the top tier CBs left on the board (with real starting potential), I see only K. King, Awuzie, and Jones (& maybe Moreau). I'd love for the Eagles to take Jones, but that creates another big problem for 2017, because he's injured and won't be playing. So that's another negative stemming from the choice of Barnett--as now the Eagles can't afford to take Jones in the 2nd, because they *still* have to find *two* starters in the draft. Granted, long term arguments can be made for Moreau, Lewis, Wilson, and Tankersley, etc.--but as viable 1st year starters?, and as 2nd round picks in this year's stellar draft? Roseman and Douglas must have a lot more faith in Jalen Mills & co. than I do. Or maybe they're very high on some of the later CB picks (hopefully, Ashton Lampkin). I hope so. But as I see it right now, the Eagles best hope for solving this big deficiency is to pick up either King or Awuzie tonight. (Though unfortunately King will probably be gone before we pick, and I'd prefer him.) The other negative of picking Barnett is that it now gives the Eagles little choice but to take a CB tonight, so that means the Eagles won't be getting one of the top RBs in this year's draft!!--such as Joe Mixon, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, or Samaje Perine either, to fill their other big need, a #1 RB. Unless they think they can continue to put off their cornerback needs until the #99 pick?!! But, can Roseman & Douglas really find two first rate starting CBs beginning in the 4th round of this year's draft? It may be possible, but personally I don't trust an organization that couldn't even recognize Eric Rowe was a starting corner in the NFL to be able to pick out *two* starting CBs beginning in what is basically the 4th round (for all intents & purposes). And if they don't wait that long, I'd also be very surprised if even RB Samaje Perine is still on the board at #99, let alone Mixon or Kamara. As for Cook, he'll likely be gone before the Eagles even pick tonight. So I think the Eagles have dug a bit of hole for themselves by picking Barnett--in regards to filling *all* their most important needs with top tier players, and it's made this a particularly tricky draft from this point on. Therefore, the best move the Eagles can make right now, IMO, is to take King or Awuzie tonight (I wish it were Jones), and also make a trade to get an additional 2nd round pick or early 3rd round pick (the one they lost in the Jernigan trade). In my view, it's imperative that they do so. Because there's going to be a whole lot of very promising, talented CBs and RBs going to go off the board tonight *before* the Eagles pick again at #99. And if they don't get two picks tonight, I have real doubts about whether the Eagles can *more than adequately* fill those and other important needs starting in the 4th round, & onwards.
  6. I kept my mock flexible, and thought it was interesting to provide alternate picks if the Eagles didn't get 1st (or 2nd) choices. Obviously there are going to be a lot of variables over the next several days, and the Eagles will have to adjust and move with the flow. I just used Texas at #21 as an example (someone else had used them before), but it could be any team in the low to mid 20s willing to trade up for the Eagles #14 pick. I don't see it as a stretch for the Eagles to trade down from #14 and still acquire Humphrey, King, Jackson or Awuzie in the 20s, and with the additional 2nd round pick get Mixon or another comparable player either. I think getting two very promising players for their #14 pick makes a lot of sense, considering how many gaps this team has right now. I type fast. ;-)
  7. The day has finally arrived! Here are my final thoughts on the Eagles' #14 pick and trading up or down: IMO, the only two players the Eagles should consider trading up for at #14 are RB Leonard Fournette and maybe CB Marshon Lattimore (though Lattimore's hamstring issues could hibernate & become chronic in the faster paced NFL). I'd also be excited to see the Eagles draft WR Corey Davis at #14, *if* he can prove he's 100% after his surgery--which is a real concern, or maybe DE Derek Barnett or LB Reuben Foster. The recent move of Byron Marshall to WR clearly indicates the Eagles have told Marshall there will be no place for him at RB in 2017, which suggests they plan to draft a top RB (& they need more than one). Here's my final mock draft for 2017: The Eagles main objective for this draft has to be to improve at CB & RB, first and foremost, and then to add a promising edge rusher, and more depth at LB & S (& WR, if possible). Presumably Fournette and Lattimore will be off the board at #14, and if so, I think the Eagles' best move will be to trade down by giving the Texans their #14 pick in exchange for the Texans' #21 pick and an additional 2nd round pick. Round #1--It's imperative that the Eagles find two starting CBs in this draft, and add depth to the position as well, since they failed to do so in FA. Robinson, Grymes, Smith & Mills may show improvement in 2017, but the Eagles can't count on that. So, with their #21 pick, the Eagles must find a viable #1 CB. For me, the most promising choices are Humphrey, K. King, Jones, Jackson, Awuzie, (Conley--X?), and Moreau. I most like either Humphrey, K. King or Jackson with this pick. Round #2--1st pick--Assuming the Eagles release RB Ryan Matthews, they have no choice but to rebuild their RB group with this draft. Barner is gone, Marshall is now a WR, they don't know if Watson will work out, and Smallwood is a #3 back up at best. In other words, they need to find a #1 and #2 RB in this draft and Sproles replacement for 2018--that's three RBs. With this objective in mind, I think they should draft RB Joe Mixon in the 2nd, who's arguably the most complete back in the draft. Mixon has ideal versatility, toughness, and unusually fast acceleration. Should another team take Mixon before the Eagles, the alternative would be to take either LB T.J. Watt, LB Reuben Foster, CB Sidney Jones, or WR Corey Davis, should any of those players be left on the board in the 2nd. If the Eagles lose Mixon, they should then shift their focus to drafting RB James Conner in the 4th, who's unusually fast for his size and very hard to tackle. Round 2--2nd pick (acquired from the Texans)--With their second 2nd round pick, the Eagles should again take the best CB on the board--either Humphrey, Jones, K. King, Jackson, Awuzie, (Conley), Moreau, Tankersley or Lewis. Assuming that King, Humphrey, and Jackson are off the board (and one of them a new Eagle), I'd most like to see the Eagles draft Sidney Jones here, with Awuzie as an alternate pick. (Though Lewis, Moreau, & Tankersley show good potential too.) Round 3 (acquire an additional pick)--I think the Eagles should consider trading Jordan Matthews for an additional 3rd round pick this year, and with that pick draft RB Samaje Perine. Perine's a bruiser with a freakish sense of balance & ability to stay on his feet after getting hit (in my view, he's better than Ezekiel Elliott in this regard). Perine has good but not great speed, however, due to his exceptional upper body strength, Perine is generally best tackled low by DBs, and that's a huge advantage for Perine because he has thick, short legs. As a back, he compliments Mixon perfectly. The more sure-handed Paul Turner can take over for JMatt in the slot. Round 3 (pick #99)--objective: to acquire a very promising edge rusher who can also provide more LB depth. Hopefully, DE/OLB Demarcus Walker will still be on the board. Round 4--1st pick: If the Eagles get T.J. Watt instead of Mixon in the 2nd round, they'll have to take RB James Conner here, as mentioned. But if they get Mixon--the Eagles should take the BPA here--possibly another CB or LB, or RB Tarik Cohen, or WRs Chris Godwin, Juju Smith Schuster, or K.D. Cannon, or S Xavier Woods, or DT Nazair Jones, or G Isaac Asiata. It's best to keep this pick open and flexible. Round 4--2nd pick--With this pick (or the 1st pick of the 4th), I'd like to see the Eagles draft RB Tarik Cohen to become Sproles replacement in 2018. Yes, Cohen could conceivably go as late as the 5th or even 6th rounds, but I think the Eagles should take him here just to be sure they get him. Cohen is the "quickest back" Mike Mayock says he's "ever seen", and has very impressive ball catching skills too. It would be great to see Sproles become Cohen's mentor in his final season. The combination of Mixon, Perine, and Cohen (or Conner, Perine, & Cohen) will transform the Eagles backfield and offense for years to come. And the Eagles don't want to see any of those players end up on the Cowboys--as they'd be big trouble in tandem with Elliott--or playing for any of our other divisional rivals either. Round 5--Since the Eagles can't be certain which CB draftees may or may not be ready to start in 2017 (and if they take the injured Jones, they won't be getting a starter for this season), it would be wise to draft a 3rd CB for additional insurance. With this in mind, I'd like to see the Eagles take CB Ashton Lampkin here, who I think could potentially be a surprise starter for the Eagles in 2017--since Lampkin's very fast, quick, and tenacious. I suspect Lampkin may turn out to be the late round CB steal of the draft. Round 6--The Eagles must find another back up safety too: if Jenkins or McLeod were to get hurt in 2017, the defensive backfield would become significantly weakened. Jaylen Watkins may show improvement in 2017, but he didn’t get the job done last year, so I don't think the Eagles can entirely count on him. Therefore, I'd like to see the Eagles draft S Xavier Woods here. Woods is a hard hitter, and along with the addition another hard nosed tackler such as Humphrey, the Eagles defensive secondary would get tougher--which is something they've needed. If Woods is gone, my next choice would be S Orion Smith. If Smith is gone, I'd like to see them take LB Jaylen-Reeves Maybin in the 6th, that is, if they can't find another suitable safety (maybe Tedric Thompson?). Round 7--With their two round 7 picks, I'd like to see the Eagles add even more speed & quickness (& variety) to their offense--with speedster WRs Kermit Whitfield or Victor Boldin Jr. (1st rate KO/P returners too), or possibly RB Khalfani Muhammad or RB Donnel Pumphrey (if they don't get RB Cohen). Or, any of the following receivers that might possibly still be left on the board: K.D. Cannon, Keevan Lucas, Amara Darboh, Noah Brown, ArDarius Stewart, Travis Rudolph, Isaiah Ford, Zay Jones, and Carlos Henderson. They should also consider OT Connor McDermott and G Isaac Asiata too, if either is still left on the board in the 7th. 'Undrafted' considerations--RB Khalfani Muhammad, WR Trey Griffey, WR Rodney Adams, WR Darreus Rogers, WR Keon Hatcher, G Kofi Amichia, RB Terron Beckham, LB Ironhead Gallon (who tackles well, and could be of value on special teams), or any of the above mentioned players that don't get drafted.
  8. cunninghamtheman writes, "Graham proved that he was held back and ready for a bigger role sooner once we saw how he flourished as the starter. That's what I worry about at times. That an MS2 isn't getting enough opportunity because of a Barwin. Or that a Grymes isn't getting to the next level because we are forcing a McKelvin as that vet starter." Those thoughts have crossed my mind too. Each of the past couple of years there have been players that stood out in the Eagles pre-season, only to be put on the practice squad or cut, so that certain "high salary" picks or vets could play (poorly) instead. In the past two years I've actually felt that the Eagles regular season team wasn't as *talented* as the promise the team showed in the pre-season. For example, Steven Means stood out in the pre-season last year, but didn't play much, except for special teams, where he excelled. Barwin played instead, and was only average. The same was true with MS2, who looked like he took to Schwartz's scheme extremely well in the pre-season, & yet Smith was given little opportunity to prove himself in the regular season. So, I can't help but ask myself, do the Eagles really need to spend a high draft pick on yet another edge rusher this coming week? When between Means, Long, Curry, Smith2, and McCallister, surely they can find two very good starters? And particularly so, considering this team has so many other important needs to fill--especially in the defensive backfield, which played so poorly last year that *no one* should be surprised to see the Eagles take 4 DBs!! in this year's draft, in order to be certain they can solve the problem. (Because right now, the 2017 season would probably be lost if Jenkins got injured.) CB Aaron Grymes similarly stood out in the pre-season, and yet was cut--so that McKelvin and Carroll could play poorly instead. C.J. Smith likewise showed that he had some real athletic ability in the pre-season, & yet he spent the majority of the season on the practice squad. (I believe Smith played only one snap in 2016!) CB JaCorey Shepherd also probably wasn't given enough of a chance. And of course, WR Paul Turner proved again and again that he was the most sure-handed receiver on the team, and could get open, and yet the coaches chose instead to play our three regular "night-clubbers"--Green-Beckham, Agholor, and Treggs--who dropped balls, couldn't get open, and were among the least productive receivers in the NFL. Indeed the Eagles had done the same the year before when they let WR Rasheed Bailey go--who was impressive in the pre-season--only to start a terrible group of WRs. Not to mention the gigantic blunder!!! of trading CB Eric Rowe at the opening of 2016, in favor of starting CBs that got burned repeatedly throughout the season and essentially cost us a winning season, and were one of the primary reasons why the Eagles didn't make the playoffs. I've said it before, but it sure looks like this organization repeatedly has trouble recognizing who their best players are. Which doesn't give me a whole lot of confidence heading into this year's draft. Yet, as always, I remain hopeful.
  9. mateagle2 writes, "Lattimore is the only one worth the value at 14" One thing that I think people are forgetting about in relation to this CB group is that a good number of the prospects are very young--only about 20 years old. That's one of the reasons why it's such a big group this year--with 12 CBs expected to go in the top 75. So when the critics suggest that Marlon Humphrey, for example, is a great, hard hitting tackler, but may be lacking in other areas, they're talking about a very good 20 year old athlete that will undoubtedly continue to develop and improve! Sidney Jones is also only 20 years old, etc. So the Eagles have to now decide whether they're going to focus on acquiring two of the most 'ready to start' CBs--i.e., the most complete players in the draft, or whether they're willing to be more patient and add two or three of the most talented, promising ones--such as Adoree Jackson, for example, and be willing to throw those players to the wolves as they did with Jalen Mills last year, knowing that it will be a learning experience and won't always look pretty. Those are two different draft scenarios, as I see it--though I suppose the Eagles could opt for a combination of the two. The first strategy means that the Eagles will take the best CB on the board at #14--whether that's Lattimore or Conley, and also use their high 2nd round pick to take another of the most 'ready to start' CBs on the board (such as maybe Kevin King, who's impressive). Given that the Eagles have more or less traded away their early 3rd round pick (for Timmy Jernigan), that would mean the early rounds of this year's draft would be exclusively about CBs. Which makes sense, since the Eagles have *no* starters at CB heading into 2017. However, I don't think that's the best way to go with this draft, since it is such a strong draft year--not only at CB, but also at other positions where the Eagles most need help, such as at RB, LB, & DE. Besides, it's not that easy to say who's going to work out as a top starter in the NFL and who isn't, especially with the unusual amount of depth at CB this year. Granted, Lattimore looks to be the most complete player--right now, but he's had some injury issues, and I'm not sure I'd be willing to bet the house that Lattimore is going to turn out to be the best of the group. He may do so, but a number of the other top CB prospects could turn out to be a better in the NFL. Even though I agree, right now, they all seem to have their strengths and weaknesses (often due to their youth). Conley, for example, is great in coverage, but still needs to learn to tackle better. etc. Only time will tell. So, unless the Eagles strongly believe that Lattimore & Conley are *the* standout CBs of this year's draft, and I mean unquestionably so, I think they'd be wiser to trade back and pick up an extra 2nd round pick. Especially with this year's outstanding group of CBs, as there will almost certainly be several top prospects left on the board in the low to mid 20s--such as Kevin King, Chidobe Awuzie, Marlon Humphrey, Fabian Moreau, etc. Nor should getting an additional 2nd round pick in this year's strong draft be underestimated either--particularly for a team that has as many important gaps to fill as the Eagles do. Of course, they could use all three top picks on CBs, and say take the injured Sidney Jones in the 2nd round as well. But I'm not sure that's their best move either, since the Eagles also need to find a #1 RB, another starting LB, and arguably an edge rusher too. Nor am I convinced that the underrated Ashton Lampkin isn't *as ready to start* in the NFL as some of the other more' highly rated' CB prospects in this draft. He's very fast and quick (which shows in his films, and he proved it again at the Combine), has excellent ball skills, and is very tenacious. And, as I've said before but it bears repeating--Lampkin had no problem covering WR Laquon Treadwell in his *junior* year (& actually had an interception against Treadwell), unlike Tre'davius White, who failed miserably to do so. I think that speaks volumes about Lampkin's readiness for the NFL. And therefore, if the Eagles can pick up a CB in the 20s, and another one in the 2nd round--i.e., two top CB prospects for the price of one! (for their #14 pick), and *be sure* to additionally draft Lampkin in the mid to late rounds, that would give them three very promising CB prospects heading into 2017. And!!!, they'd still get another 2nd round pick on top of that--to either draft RB Joe Mixon, LB T.J. Watt, CB Sidney Jones, or maybe even WR Corey Davis (who may go later than expected due to post-surgery complications?). So yeah, I'd take a 1st and 2nd round pick next week for Sam Bradford.
  10. Ask yourself, is it really just a coincidence that the story about Joe Mixon hitting a girl back in high school--which is old news and turned out to be false, since the accuser recanted and has said Mixon wasn't involved in the altercation--surfaced again a mere week before the draft? I seriously doubt it. Obviously somebody is trying to drive Mixon's stock down further (such as an owner like Jerry Jones?). This is nothing but games. Here's what Mixon's accuser recently said in response: "I have recently learned that a comment I made about Joe Mixon on social media a few years ago is now receiving a lot of attention. I want to explain that comment and clarify that I do not believe Joe ever did anything to hurt my daughter” "My daughter went to Freedom High School with Joe, and they have been friends for much of their lives. Once, when they were in school together, my daughter had a minor disagreement with some of her classmates that got blown out of proportion. Like any father would, I reacted emotionally. Unfortunately, I did so before I had all the facts. Now, having talked to my daughter and investigated the whole story, I realize that I WAS MISTAKEN ABOUT JOE'S INVOLVEMENT. I definitely overreacted, and I regret that my words might have given some people the wrong impression about Joe. I know that Joe did not hurt my daughter, did not intend to, and would not do so. "Joe and my daughter are still good friends. Joe is a great kid with a bright future in front of him, and he is welcome in my home anytime." I stand by my previous statement that Mixon is less of a risk than Dalvin Cook. If the Eagles are smart enough to draft Mixon, Perine, and Cohen, their backfield will be set for years to come. On the other hand, if the Cowboy's (or Giants) take Mixon, Perine, or Cohen, in tandem with Elliott, their backfield is going to be a major problem for the Eagles for years to come.
  11. I'm looking forward to next week. As I see it, this is a make or break draft for the Eagles--since it looks like it's going to be a great year at the positions where the Eagles most need help--such as CB, RB, LB, and DE. After somewhat focusing on the offense in free agency--except for the Jerningan trade (& the Long & Robinson pick ups), I expect the Eagles will now focus more on the defense in the draft--except for RB, where they have little choice but to draft 2 RBs in order to find a long term solution at #1 RB (assuming they let Matthews go)--since they didn't do so in FA. Clearly, the 2017 season will be in jeopardy if they don't also find 2 top tier starting CBs and add more promising depth at both CB & S. Therefore, I agree with Malcolm Jenkins who said that the Eagles must draft CBs in the first two rounds, since they can't afford to wait & lose out--not with this promising group of CBs, who will likely get heavily picked over in the early rounds (that is, unless one of the players projected to go in the top 10 unexpectedly remains on the board at #14--such as Foster or Fournette). I wish it wasn't so, but that's the hole the Eagles have dug for themselves by foolishly trading away CB Eric Rowe last year. The Eagles could also use another LB or two, especially if they plan to use Kendricks as trade bait. In addition, Tulloch recently announced his retirement, so the Eagles must now find a new back up behind Hicks as well. For me, all of the above concerns are more pressing than finding another edge rusher, since some combination of Means, Curry, Long, and Smith (& perhaps McCallister?), should be able to get the job done at DE. Although of course, like others, I too would love to see the Eagles draft one of the more promising edge rushers in this year's draft. Which is why choosing Demarcus Walker in the 3rd round makes good sense: since the Eagles can solve both DE & OLB deficiencies with one pick, being that Walker is an exciting edge rusher (& solid run stopper), and yet is quick enough to play OLB too. That would give coach Schwartz an attractive flexibility heading into training camp, as well as free up our first two picks to address much greater needs. The Eagles should also consider T.J. Watt as well, as a possible LB pick, if he lasts beyond the 1st round, along with possibly LB Jaylen-Reeves Maybin in rounds 6 or 7 (and what about LB Ironhead Gallon as an un-drafted pick?). As for the Eagles' CB picks--I most like Humphrey, K. King, and Awuzie (& maybe Conley, Lewis, & Moreau), and think Tankersley, Jackson, & Lampkin show strong developmental potential. As for RBs, I'd actually take three RBs in this year's draft!--Mixon (who's arguably the most complete back in the draft), Perine (who's arguably the most difficult bruiser to tackle after Fournette), and Cohen (who shows the most impressive combination of speed & quickness, along with excellent ball skills, and IMO, is the most promising back to become Sproles replacement in 2018). However, in order to draft all three RBs plus 2-3 top CBs, the Eagles will have to trade back in the first round in order to acquire an extra 2nd round pick. If they don't do so, and end up missing out on Mixon and/or Perine, the focus should then switch to James Conner in the 4th round (& Cohen). It doesn't get talked about much, but this team could really use more quickness & speed at RB & WR (& CB)--especially with Sproles retiring--which is why drafting Cohen is a very good idea. They should also be considering one of the 'late round' speedsters at WR such as K.D. Cannon, Kermit Whitfield, and Victor Boldin Jr., as well as possibly RB Khalfani Mohammad (as a un-drafted player?). Though hopefully the acquisition of Torrey Smith in FA will give them some of the additional speed they need (& Treggs will show improvement too). As for Corey Davis, if he's not working out by now, as promised (after his unnecessary 'rushed' surgery), I think there's a good possibility that his surgery wasn't a total success, as was expected, and that Davis may be damaged goods--at least for next year. Being that this is a super strong draft year, obviously the more picks the Eagles can acquire the better--especially when you consider how many important gaps they have to fill in order to become a more complete team. Which is why I think it would be a smart move to trade back in the 1st round for an additional 2nd round pick (unless Foster is available at #14), and also make a trade to get their early 3rd round pick back, which they lost in the Jerningan trade (by trading JMatt or Kendricks?). As I see it, the 2nd & 3rd rounds are the heart of this year's draft, as there are an unusual number of players expected to go in those rounds that could arguably be 1st or 2nd round picks in other years--especially with such players as Sidney Jones, Joe Mixon, and Corey Davis (if there is indeed a post-surgery problem) likely going in the 2nd. I also think there are going to be some great picks (& values) to be had in the mid to late rounds, for the team that is smart enough to spot them--such as Samaje Perine, Demarcus Walker, JuJu Smith-Schuster & Chris Godwin possibly in the 3rd & 4th rounds, and Tarik Cohen, K.D. Cannon, ArDarius Stewart, Amara Darboh, Carlos Henderson, Keevan Lucas, Xavier Woods, Orion Smith, Isaac Asiata, Nazair Jones, Jaylen-Reeves Smith, and Ashton Lampkin, etc., in later rounds.
  12. I'm very high on both players, but unfortunately Stephen Tulloch has decided to retire, so now the Eagles must find a new back up MLB behind Hicks--yet another gap to fill going into the draft.
  13. I think there was a big frustration with Agholor for dropping so many passes & for making a series of 'hard to excuse' mental errors--one that cost us a game. That was a lot by any standards. Agholor's outings to strip clubs, etc., didn't help his mindset on the field either, or I expect make him more admirable to Eagles fans, since no athlete plays up to their full potential when they become involved in such poor lifestyle choices. WR Chris Carter was terrible in Philadelphia too, for similar reasons--though I don't know if Agholor was likewise involved in drug and alcohol abuse, as Carter was. Yet what I think upset Eagles' fans most was the stubbornness of the coaching staff to continue to rely so *heavily* on Agholor--on such hugely critical plays--for another entire season, as their #1 or #2 starting WR. Especially when a receiver like Paul Turner had proven that he could get open and catch everything thrown in his direction, not only in the pre-season, but in actual NFL games (with 6 catches!! in one half in the Washington game). I firmly believe that if Turner had been relied upon more than Agholor last season--rather than the other way around, the Eagles would have won more games. My impression now is that there is a general consensus or resignation among Eagles fans to wait and see what Mike Groh can do with Agholor--since Groh may be able to turn him into a better receiver. Also, let's see what Groh can do with Green-Beckham too. But!, if the ball drops and mental errors continue next season, at what point do you cut your losses? As for Smith, I agree there were some encouraging signs last year. The question with Smith is the opposite, however: it's more about whether the coaching staff is willing to play Smith more frequently, to see if he can reach a higher level? So far, under Pederson and Schwartz, the answer to that question has been no. The Eagles are even rumored to be looking to draft another promising college DE prospect in the coming weeks.
  14. EaglezInPhila writes, "I'm coming around on Joe Mixon, though I think what he did makes him a total scumbag" When Mixon arrived at Oklahoma in 2014, by his own admission, he was a pretty mixed up kid. He was an 18 year old that had a lot to learn and needed to grow up. Though I agree, of course, what he did was disgusting & reprehensible. You never hit a woman. But it looks like that negative incident (& its aftermath) has changed this young man's life & for the better--and I hope in a big way. I admire that Mixon has actively sought out hundreds of hours of counseling in an effort to become a better human being, and that he showed a genuine contrition & remorse for what he did in his 'apology' press conference in late 2016. That takes strength of character. Yes, he's a work in progress, as are we all, but if he succeeds, and I hope he will, I'd be proud to call Mixon an Eagle: in fact, I think this organization would be a good place for him:
  15. Now here's a man that knows what he's talking about! Why don't the Eagles use Greg Cosell in making their draft picks? or do they? Joe Mixon--Yes, I totally agree that he's the "most complete back" in the draft. And he fits the Eagles well, at least as well as, if not better than any other back in the draft. Which is why the Eagles need to get an extra 2nd round pick (by trading back in the 1st +?) so that they can acquire Mixon *and* a top CB together in the second round, and by doing so solve two of their most pressing needs. (I've written extensively about what I think of the 'off field' incident that occurred in 2014, so I won't comment on it again here. But, at the very least, I see Mixon as less of a risk than Dalvin Cook.) The Eagles should also make every attempt to draft Samaje Perine as well, because he and Mixon compliment each other perfectly. Throw speedster Tarik Cohen into the mix (the "quickest" back Mayock says he's ever seen), as Sproles replacement for 2018, and the Eagles' backfield is all set for years. John Ross--We have too many other needs to take Ross at #14. I say focus all efforts on drafting WR Courtland Sutton next year. JuJu Smith-Schuster--He reminds me a little bit of a young Pierre Garcon. Is that stretching things? I think he's a good fit for the Eagles, especially if he goes as late as the 4th round. Isaac Asiata--I suspect the Eagles are going to try to draft Asiata. It makes sense, that is, if they feel they still need more depth at guard--which I would question right now. However, if they were to trade Kelce that all changes. Then, they will need Asiata, since either Wisniewski or Seumalo will move to center. Taco Charleton--Here's where I disagree with Cosell. In no way is Taco Charleton a faster or quicker pass rusher than DeMarcus Walker. He's clearly slower. Just watch the films. Reuben Foster--I totally agree that he's one of the 3 best prospects in the draft. And if Foster's there at #14, I'd have to reconsider my idea of trading back. I can't imagine he will be though. Kevin King--Yes, not only does he move "really well" for a 6'3" guy!, but he also has very long arms (good reach) and very quick hands. So King would make a great addition to the Eagles secondary. I think some critics have underrated his potential. If the Eagles do trade back in the 1st (to the 20s), King would be one of the CBs that I'd most like to see them take.