Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/24/21.
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NFL insider notes: Executive gives take on how top 10 will unfold and is convinced this QB is headed to 49ers – CBS Sports
If the Eagles move back up, the GMs I have spoken to believe it’s for Pitts or a QB. Never rule anything out when it comes to the Eagles and potential trades.
The Eagles shouldn’t talk themselves out of drafting DeVonta Smith – BGN
Dwight Kurt Schrute was once asked about the most inspiring thing he ever heard from Michael Scott. His answer? “‘Don’t be an idiot.’” “It changed my life.” “Whenever I’m about to do something, I think ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.” One can only hope the Philadelphia Eagles take heed of this sage advice heading into the 2021 NFL Draft. Because it would be idiotic to pass on DeVonta Smith if he’s available at No. 12. From the blogger who brought you “Dear Eagles, please draft Justin Jefferson” last year, I’m back to make the case for the Heisman Trophy winner who some refer to as ‘The Slim Reaper.’
The 2021 NFL draft class’s best at everything: Biggest arm, top route runner, best cover corner and more – ESPN+
Best route-running WR: DeVonta Smith, Alabama. Smith is a glider, an easy mover who can shift gears within the route stem to create instant separation. Ultra-productive this past season at Alabama with 117 receptions and 23 touchdowns, the Heisman Trophy winner can set up defensive backs and win at all three levels of the route tree.
Answering your Eagles questions ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft – BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski discuss the biggest takeaways from the Eagles’ pre-draft press conference and answer a number of mailbag questions ahead of next week’s NFL Draft.
A look at Eagles player trade candidates, and expected compensation – PhillyVoice
2) OT Andre Dillard. Dillard had a bad rookie season (and not just at RT), before being lost for the season in 2020 with a torn biceps. His stock isn’t exactly high at the moment. Earlier this week we published a review of Jordan Mailata’s 2020 season, and came to the conclusion that Mailata is a better football player right now than Dillard. Mailata is also a year and a half younger, and presumably has more upside given that his first non-exhibition football game ever occurred fewer than eight months ago. So if we’re penciling Mailata in as the starting LT, Dillard is little more than a backup LT on this roster. Can he play somewhere else instead if need be? Eh, probably not. The Eagles can’t trust him to be a swing tackle because he proved in 2019 that he was a disaster at RT. He is also a bad candidate to move inside to guard, because his biggest flaw is that he struggles anchoring against power. Some of the nastier DTs in the league would eat him alive in there. So it’s seemingly LT or bust. What kind of compensation could the Eagles expect in return? While he may very well be “LT or bust,” and at this point I’d lean bust, it’s not as if Dillard has no worth, especially considering Mailata landed on IR in each of his first two seasons in the NFL, despite not playing a single snap. It’ll also cost the Eagles more on the cap to trade Dillard than to just keep him, so they’d have to get something worthwhile in return. They’d probably gladly take, saaaayyy, a fourth-round pick in 2022 for him. I think that would be the best they could hope for.
10 Eagles who will miss having in-person OTAs this year – NBCSP
Andre Dillard: Dillard was going to be the starting left tackle last year before a torn biceps. Now, he’s coming off that injury and might very well be behind Jordan Mailata in the left tackle competition. Dillard would probably want as much time as he can get to win it.
OL at 12? – Iggles Blitz
It would be no fun to see the Eagles go OL at 12, but there is definitely logic in such a move. I like Slater, Sewell and Vera-Tucker all quite a bit. I’d rather the team go elsewhere, but would certainly understand loading up on blockers. One of the biggest reasons the Eagles won Super Bowl LII is that the OL was great all year long.
The Curse of Freddie Milons? Eagles can’t connect with Alabama in NFL Draft – AL.com
“I’d like to joke and say it’s something about being a Florida guy with Alabama,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said when asked on Wednesday about his team’s Alabama draft drought. “But the reality is my wife’s family is from Mobile, and they’re Alabama fans. I think we look at Alabama as a program that’s incredibly well-run. The NFL players that come out of there are ready to play and ready to go. And I know there’s a lot of guys on our draft board at the University of Alabama not only in this draft but in a lot of other drafts. Tremendous respect for coach Saban and what they’ve done there, and we’d be excited to have players from the University of Alabama.”
Eagles Autism Foundation contributes $3.1 million to fund 8 pilot studies and 10 community projects – PE.com
The Eagles Autism Foundation has announced that a total of 18 projects will receive $3.1 million in funding for cutting-edge autism research and programming. The funding is a direct result of the proceeds raised by participants from the 2020 Eagles Autism Challenge presented by Lincoln Financial Group, which took place virtually on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. “I look forward to this review process every year because it brings to light the important work the Eagles Autism Foundation is committed to performing,” said Jeffrey Lurie, Philadelphia Eagles Chairman and CEO. “This past year reminded us how precious life is and how important the work of the Eagles Autism Foundation is toward bettering the lives of others. The pandemic forced us to take a step back and reimagine how we could positively impact the community in ways we never have before. We are especially proud to fund this year’s research projects and community grants, which have demonstrated to us the potential to transform the field of autism for families today and for those in the future.”
Cowboys unlikely to trade up from No. 10 in first round – NFL.com
In the middle of smokescreen season, some truths remain visible. One such near-certainty is the Dallas Cowboys not trading up in the draft. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the Cowboys aren’t expected to move up from the No. 10 overall pick, per sources informed of the situation. Later Friday, Dallas executive vice president Stephen Jones was signing the same tune. “We feel really good about where we sit right now,” Jones said, via 105.3 The FAN. “I think things are really going to work out for us and we’re going go come out with a quality football player.” The scuttle heading into next week’s draft has revolved around Jerry Jones’ unabashed love for Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. During a recent virtual interview with Pitts, the Cowboys owner cooed about the draft pick’s ability.
NFL 2021 Draft: Jaycee Horn told the Cowboys what separates him from Patrick Surtain II – Blogging The Boys
“I feel like I’m the best corner in this draft hands down. When I look at all the corners I feel like the top, the top of the top is me and Pat Surtain of Alabama. I feel like he a great player I learned a lot from watching his film. But I think what separates us ultimately is just… the way we compete, the way I compete and the way he plays. I feel like it’s like a night and day difference when you turn on the tape.”
2021 NFL draft profile: South Carolina CB Jaycee Horn – TouchdownWire
Horn has strong bloodlines, and as the son of an NFL wide receiver, he knows what to look for in a player who is getting the ball. He’s a man coverage corner who can still excel in any scheme. His physicality and play strength will make him an immediate starter in the NFL.
Chandon Sullivan signs RFA tender with Packers – PFT
Defensive back Chandon Sullivan is back with the Packers. Sullivan’s agents announced on Friday that he has signed his restricted free agent tender from the team. He was tendered at the lowest, right of first refusal level and stands to make $2.133 million under its terms. Sullivan was undrafted in 2018 and spent his rookie year with the Eagles. He was waived in May 2019 and signed with the Packers a few days later.
2021 NFL Draft Digital Row w/Mike Greenberg, Robert Woods, Mike Renner & Benjamin Solak – The SB Nation NFL Show
ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, Rams WR Robert Woods, PFF’s Mike Renner and Bleeding Green Nation & The Draft Network’s Benjamin Solak all drop in to The SB Nation NFL Show to talk about the 2021 NFL Draft from every angle!
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