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Eagles First Round Preview

Last years top pick Jeremy Maclin

The Eagles enter tonight’s draft at Radio City Music Hall in a position that they really haven’t found themselves in over a decade. The mass exodus of veterans has left them with numerous holes on both sides of the ball and a lack of depth throughout the roster. Here’s how I think new gm Howie Roseman and the actual gm Andy Reid should handle the first round tonight.

Personally, I think the biggest need on the Birds roster is in the defensive secondary. The team never fully recovered from the loss of Brian Dawkins and now with the departure of Sheldon Brown the depth and leadership is absolutely non-existent. Luckily for the Birds there are two big time players available at the safety spot and another couple of cornerbacks who could really be difference makers in the secondary.

The interior offensive line is another key position of need with the release of Shawn Andrews and the late season loss of Jamaal Jackson the current starters at center are natural guard Nick Cole and free agent disappointment Stacy Andrews. This is a spot that the Eagles will absolutely address early and often through the weekend.

A defensive end to play opposite Trent Cole is also a need but it’s my opinion that there are no ends in this years draft in the Eagles range that are worth the investment.

Eagles Picks

1 (24) Own Pick
2 (37) Acquired from Washington for QB Donovan McNabb
2 (55) Own Pick
3 (70) Acquired from Seattle in 2009 draft day trade
3 (87) Own Pick
4 (105) Acquired from Cleveland along with LB Alex Hall for CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong
4 (121) Own Pick
6 (200) Acquired from Indianapolis in 2009 draft day trade
7 (243) Compensatory Pick
7 (244) Compensatory Pick

The Dream Scenario…

Earl Thomas S/CB Texas

Eagles clearly have the ammunition to move up in the first round. They could easily enter into the teens without having to sacrifice too much and even into the top 10 if they were willing to touch picks for next year. The cost of getting into the top 10 is a little to rich for my blood but Eric Berry would be the perfect selection for this secondar, I just don’t believe sacrificing a number of high picks would be worth the difference between Berry and the #2 safety on the board. I would package the #24 along with a 3 and a 4 to get into the teens and secure my chance at selecting safety Earl Thomas from the University of Texas. The 5’10 208lb ball hawk is a certified playmaker with experience at safety and corner. He’s a big hitter and he’s got the smarts to be successful in the Eagles aggressive scheme.

Eric Berry S Tennesee

The less sexy picks that I believe the Eagles could target in the first round are 6’5 330 lb giant guard Mike Iupati from Idaho and versatile center Maurkice Pouncey from the University of Florida.

Here’s how I see it…

If the Eagles trade up: Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, MLB Rolando McClain from Alabama or USF defensive end Jason Pierre Paul (I think he’s got bust written all over him. Purely a physical specimen think Mamula)

If the Eagles stand pat at 24: Mike Iaputi, Maurkice Pouncey, cornerback Kyle Wilson from Boise State or linebacker Sean Witherspoon from Missouri.
My pick: Earl Thomas

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McNabb Traded To Washington

The Eagles have traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins per ESPN’s always reliable Adam Schefter. The deal is reportedly the Redskins 2nd rounder in this years draft and a 3rd or 4th in next year draft for the aging quarterback who enters the final year of his contract.

I am shocked that the Birds would move him within the division but this tells me that the interest around the league must not have been as high as previously reported. I would never have moved him within the division unless the return was either a 1st rounder or a coveted player plus a pick.

Also I find it funny that this is almost certainly another case of the Eagles attempting to shield the spotlight away from their Pattison avenue neighbors the Phillies by leaking this info the night before the season opener.

On the bright side, Redskins games just got a whole hell of a lot more interesting.

I will update with more info as I get it…

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Not Everyone Loves Tim Tebow

Much has been made of Tim Tebow and how publically outspoken he is about his religion,  which just last month was highlighted in a pro-life commercial that aired during the super bowl. Well, another NFL prospect had enough of Tebow’s public displays of worship at the NFL scouting combine a couple weeks back…

Story from ProFootballTalk‘s Mike Florio

As we’ve mentioned once or twice, quarterback Tim Tebow‘s habit of openly expressing his religious beliefs could potentially rub folks the wrong way, especially in a locker room of grown men who choose to keep their beliefs to themselves, who don’t share his beliefs at all, and/or who only want to hear “God bless” after they have sneezed.

We’re told that Tebow already has gotten a taste of the resistance he might face at the next level.

At the Scouting Combine, the Wonderlic exam is administered to players in groups.  The 12-minute test is preceded by some brief instructions and comments from the person administering the test.

Per a league source, after the person administering the test to Tebow’s group had finished, Tebow made a request that the players bow their heads in prayer before taking the 50-question exam.

Said one of the other players in response:  “Shut the f–k up.”  Others players in the room then laughed.

We’re not passing judgment on this one; we’re just passing along what we’ve heard.  And it illustrates the type of challenges that could be faced by the team that drafts Tebow.

That said, some teams might embrace those challenges.  The final decision will depend largely on the composition of the team, and the personalities of the coach, the G.M., and the owner.

Who is the guy that told Tebow to STFU? I am already a fan.

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McNabb Might Be On The Move

The Eagles have a problem. Well, to be more precise they have multiple problems but for today we are just going to focus on their problem at the quarterback position.

With the mass exodus of overpriced veterans from the nest this offseason, it almost makes too much sense for the Eagles to move Donovan McNabb. Trading Michael Vick for a low pick serves them very little considering the giant PR hit they took when signing the convicted felon. Also it would basically mean the Birds admitted defeat in their quest to paint Vick as some type of super secret weapon that the amazing mind of Andy Reid would unleash on an unsuspecting football world.

One thing is certain, the Eagles cannot go into the draft still having all 3 of their current qb’s.

CSNPhilly.com’s Eagles insider Derrick Gunn reported yesterday that things may be picking up…

A league source told CSN’s Derrick Gunn on Wednesday evening that talks are heating up – but would not disclose for which quarterback. Nothing is expected to happen before Thursday.

Earlier Wednesday, Gunn, while attending the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, was told by one league source that the Eagles want a first-round pick and a couple of other picks for McNabb. He believed the Eagles would not have to reduce their price because trade talk was beginning to heat up.

However, another league source told Gunn that the Eagles had reduced their price from a first-round pick and a third-round pick to just a third after failing to receive satisfactory offers.

But yet another league source said the Eagles have never asked for a definitive number of picks. They are currently weighing offers and deciding what to do next.

One of the sources also said that Buffalo and Oakland appear to be the leading candidates to acquire the 33-year-old McNabb, who wouldn’t be happy going to either team because neither is a contender.

Regardless, it appears everyone agrees on one thing: the Eagles’ quarterback situation will change before the season starts. One of the sources said that eight teams have inquired about one of their quarterbacks.

Another rumor swirling right now is that the St. Louis Rams are in hot pursuit of Donovan McNabb and have offered the Eagles a deal that would include their second rd pick (#33 overall). Both clubs involved have denied the story but that’s pretty much what you would expect.

If it is true that the Eagles could get what is essentially a late first rounder for a 34-year-old injury prone quarterback, I would drive McNabb to the airport. I am absolutely ready to move on.

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What Can Brown Do For Someone Else?

What you can't see in this picture is that he actually caught the figurine in front of the first down marker.

Well it’s about time the Eagles rid themselves of Reggie Brown. This evening it was announced the Birds moved the underacheiving wideout to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 6th round pick in next year’s draft.

A lot of people always credit Andy Reid and his staff for identifying good young talent and locking them up to long-term deals early so that when those players are in their prime, they are paid well under market value (See Brown, Sheldon) for what they provide. Well in Reggie Brown’s case the Eagles could not have gotten it more wrong.

For whatever reason the 2nd round pick out of Georgia just never seemed to click with Donovan McNabb. He showed brief flashes of brilliance at the end of the 2007 season when Jeff Garcia led the Eagles on a cinderella run to the divisional round, but that was about it.

Remember when everyone lauded the AJ Feeley trade to the Dolphins which netted the Eagles a 2nd rounder for a 3rd string QB? Well they selected Brown with that pick, and now a couple years later they turned him into a pick near 200 in next years draft. What brilliant asset management…

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Jets Fan Arrested For Being A Jets Fan

As a Philly sports fan I’ve seen my share of opposing fans getting treated poorly at visitor venues, however I don’t think I’ve seen someone get arrested and dragged from their seat in Philly without any type of provocation. There is a brief break in the video clip whcih may hide something bu the Charger fans sitting around this unfortunate J.E.T.S. fan continuously claim that the guy did absolutely nothing but cheer for his team.

I’m a strong supporter of police but for god’s sake something is seriously wrong here.

The biggest thing I noticed from the clip is how different fans from San Diego are compared to those from the Northeast. The fact that the language in the video is primarily safe for work (mostly) and that surrounding beers didn’t suddenly sprout wings was frankly astounding.

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Clutch or Lucky?

I was watching NFL networks, NFL replay show of this past Sundays win over Denver when I stumbled on something rather interesting.

After the great sideline catch by rookie Jeremy Maclin, running back Brian Westbrook came up to his quarterback and praised him saying “thats how you win a game…”

McNabb responded with…

“Well, god is good because I sure  wasn’t throwing to him.”

Now watch the replay at the 4:25 mark.

He overthrew Avant by 15 feet!

After all the praise Donovan has received this week for executing such a clutch drive, it turns out the best throw he’s made all year was also his most inaccurate. Only in Philly…

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