Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/23/21.
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NFL Mock Draft with all trades for 2021: Bill Barnwell proposes deals for all 32 picks, including the Jaguars, Jets and Patriots – ESPN
12. Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA through SF). Eagles get: 1-18, 2-50. Miami Dolphins get: 1-12, 3-84, 6-224. The Eagles will be open for business here, and with the Chargers and the Vikings both in the market for an offensive tackle with the next two picks, they should hear some calls from teams that want to move up and get ahead of those organizations for Rashawn Slater or USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker. The Dolphins just made a deal with the Eagles, of course, but this move up would get them another building block with which to protect Tagovailoa. This is an almost perfect swap on the Stuart chart, which would be more likely to align with these two analytically inclined franchises and how they typically value picks.
Odds on the 20 most likely options at the Eagles’ first pick – BGN
Willing to make a wager on who the Philadelphia Eagles will select with their first pick (be that at No. 12 or a trade up/down) in the 2021 NFL Draft? FanDuel Sportsbook is offering the following odds on the 20 most likely options, ranked from shortest to longest.
From the Bleachers #60 – Eagles Draft Preview with Benjamin Solak – BGN Radio
The Draft Network and BGN’s own Benjamin Solak joins Shamus to discuss the likelihood of the Eagles building through the trenches in the first round, Day 2 linebacker fits and how Jaycee Horn matches up against Patrick Surtain II.
What are the Eagles looking for in their ‘X receiver?’ – PhillyVoice
When you look at the top three wide receivers in the 2021 Draft, you have LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase, Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle, and Alabama’s DeVonta Smith. Chase is an X receiver prospect. He has decent enough size, he has great hands, he runs good routes, and he’s physical when beating press. Waddle is a classic Z and/or slot receiver, in that he’s a 5’9, 180-pound explosive playmaker. Smith’s fit is a little more nuanced. He attacks the game and has the mentality of an X receiver, but the fact that he’s only 166 pounds is going to raise legitimate questions about his ability to beat press coverage in the NFL. And so, it was interesting hearing Nick Sirianni define on Wednesday what he believes an X receiver is. “I think these guys come in different shapes and sizes,” he said. “What’s an X receiver look like? Well, I’ve had different Xs. I’ve had TY Hilton who was 5’9”, 180 pounds. He played X for us. I’ve had Dwayne Bowe who was 6’2”, 220 pounds. He played X for us. I had Keenan Allen who was 6’3”, 200. All these guys that I’m saying, TY was fast; Keenan was quick, not fast; Dwayne Bowe was powerful. They all played differently.”
2021 NFL Draft: Dream scenarios for all 32 first-round picks – PFF
12. Philadelphia Eagles (via San Francisco 49ers): WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama. There’s no clean fit here, unfortunately. Yes, the Eagles just drafted wide receiver Jalen Reagor in Round 1 last year, but they are also in the same boat as the Giants, where they need to properly evaluate the young quarterback they’ve committed to. Jaylen Waddle is similar to Reagor in many ways, but Smith would offer a different type of receiver for Jalen Hurts.
Daniel Jeremiah makes a case for Eagles going WR in Round 1 again – NBCSP
The former Eagles scout pointed out that any of those three would be a worthwhile pick at No. 12 before giving his answer. “But I would take Waddle,” Jeremiah said. “He’s too intriguing to me with what he can do, and in a league where you need explosive plays, he gives those to you. He’s going to take a lot of pressure off the quarterback. He’s going to have an influence on the run game, as well. Anything that you might have liked about Jalen Reagor, Jaylen Waddle does all those things infinitely better. To me at least you put him out there, you hope Reagor continues to grow and now you’ve got a track team with those two guys out there because they can both fly. That would be the way I go.Advertisement “Again, I like Devonta Smith. He is ranked right behind him, 5 and 6 on my list, and Surtain is my top corner. It comes down to guessing what they want to do. I would say if I am guessing what they would do in that situation, I would say it would be hard for them to go receiver in back to back years. I would guess they would go corner. I would take Waddle.”
Pre-Draft PC – Iggles Blitz
Smith is more natural in the slot or Z position, but Sirianni would tell you he can play anywhere if he can beat one-on-one coverage. It is easy to obsess on size and numbers, but watch the tape. Smith showed the ability to get open at Alabama. He would seem to be the undersized guy to take a chance on. I did wonder what Sirianni would think about players who opted out of the 2020 season. He wants players who love football. But what if there are health concerns? That gets tricky. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles take anyone who sat out the season. The fact that WR Jaylen Waddle played in the playoffs on a bum leg would make you think he is the type of guy Sirianni might covet. That’s a gamer. Maybe he is a guy the team really wants.
2021 NFL draft: No more excuses. The Eagles need to find a cornerback keeper this year. – Inquirer
Fennell’s take: “Horn’s a big, tall, long corner with great speed, great play temperament. He’s very physical, very disruptive. Has played a ton of press coverage. He’s grabby. He’s handsy at the line, in the route and at the catch point. He’s an annoying guy to have to play against if he’s covering you. He contributes in run support and forces fumbles. Had three of them in 2019. He’s very much like an Aqib Talib type of player out on the perimeter where you just know what you’re getting with a really long press cover who plays with an eff-you attitude. There’s a fine line of aggression there, though. He picked up a bunch of penalties because of that aggression. But I’d rather have an aggressive guy and teach him how to dial it back, than a timid guy and have to ramp him up.
5 bold predictions for the 2021 NFL Draft – Fake Teams
Rashod Bateman goes ahead of Devonta Smith. There’s no denying what Devonta Smith can do on a football field—and to be honest, he’s my top receiver in this class—but so much has been made about his size recently, clocking in at 6-foot-1, 166 pounds, that there’s reason to think teams might be cooler on him come draft day than we initially anticipate. We’ve certainly seen this story before where a player’s draft stock drops due to concerns over his size. Meanwhile, Rashod Bateman has more of the prototypical size that teams look for at the position and he offers much more than just a big body. Bateman is an extremely talented receiver and I wouldn’t be surprised if he emerged as one of the best pass catchers from this class given his sure hands and graceful route running.
Titans sign LB B.J. Bello and DT Bruce Hector – Music City Miracles
What’s perhaps most notable here is that both Bello and Hector spent time with new Titans senior defensive assistant coach Jim Schwartz in Philadelphia. This likely isn’t a coincidence. Coaches love players that they’re familiar with. It appears that the Titans went out and got a couple of guys that Schwartz knows well.
Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft preview: What will Philly do? – Big Blue View
The Eagles need to add an explosive wideout to their receiving corps, not only to help improve their lackluster offense (ranked in the bottom 10 in the league in yards per game last season), but for the sake of Jalen Hurts. The second-year QB got his chance last season when he replaced Wentz under center. He showed flashes of promise, particularly in the team’s Week 14 upset of the New Orleans Saints, and areas of concern. Philly has long prided itself on being a “quarterback factory,” but that model has not served them well in recent years. An investment in offensive weapons is simultaneously an investment in the quarterback and Hurts deserves a shot. Not to mention, there is the possibility that Alabama’s DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle are still on the board at No. 12. Both promise to make an immediate impact at the NFL level.
2021 NFL Draft: Shouldn’t be too much of a surprise if the Cowboys take an offensive tackle at No. 10 – Blogging The Boys
At the end of the day, the 2021 draft will be a question of building strengths vs fixing weaknesses. The Cowboys should be looking to build on their strengths. Having locked up both Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott long term, and with three studs at wide receiver this season in Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, and Michael Gallup, they should look very, very hard at what’s needed to maintain (or rebuild?) the long-term dominance of the offensive line, especially with questions about Tyron Smith’s health. If either Sewell or Slater fall, the Cowboys should pick either of them without blinking, and then look at what resources they have left in terms of draft capital to address some of the weaknesses on the team.
The Falcons hold the keys to the 2021 NFL Draft – SB Nation
Every draft has a moment that sets the tone for the rest of the first round. A selection that tears up pre-concieved notions about how the draft will go, causing dozens of other dominos to fall around it. In the 2021 NFL Draft that honor belongs to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4, and what they do in the first round could change everything else. At this point it’s fairly safe to assume the first three picks will be spent on quarterbacks. Jacksonville has been locked on to Trevor Lawrence as soon as they finished the season. The Jets were a bit of a question mark, until they traded Sam Darnold to the Panthers. San Francisco were always a favorite to take a quarterback this year, but that was set in stone when they traded up with Miami to secure the third overall pick. That puts Atlanta in the position to be kingmaker. There are obviously dozens of ways that could play out, but a few potential scenarios rise to the top.
The Look Ahead #33: New rules for 2021 + NFL Oscars – The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and RJ Ochoa (Blogging the Boys) react to the new rules changes the NFL has made for the coming season. Plus, we hand out our NFL Oscars in honor of the Academy Awards this weekend. Also, the guys argue about the best condiment to eat with wings during the NFL Draft. Why RJ hates the new rules about jersey numbers. What the NFL doesn’t get about replay reviews. The blown opportunity with onside kicks. Drew Brees is full of crap What is the wing condiment: ranch or bleu cheese?
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