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Philadelphia draft needs part 2

Philadelphia draft needs part 2 Here’s part two of the insights on what the Eagles need in the draft, starting with offensive skill players. Luckily, the Eagles do not need many of those: Unlike last year’s running back class, which produced three first rounders, 2013’s backs may not place a player in the first round; however, the cadre of running backs is deep and solid, with players such as Gio Bernard, Eddie Lacey, Andre Ellington, and Jonathan Franklin, who should all be off the board before round four. Receiver is another area of extreme depth for this class. Although there are no A.J. Green or Julio Jones caliber pass catchers, players like Deandre Hopkins, Cordarrelle Patterson, Keenan Allen, and Robert Woods all would have been the first receivers selected in the 2012 draft. And there are dozens of starting caliber players with the potential to be day 2 draftees and NFL difference makers. Along the offensive line, the depth is less, with the talent bunched in the first and seco...

Insights on Eagles' draft needs

Insights on Eagles' draft needs As arguably the best draft in the Andy Reid era, the Eagles 2012 draft looks like an unqualified success, producing three defensive starters in defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and slot corner Brandon Boykin. It also helped with solid backups in offensive tackle Dennis Kelly and undrafted wide receiver Damaris Johnson and promising youngsters in quarterback Nick Foles, running back Bryce Brown and defensive end Vinny Curry. Cox was clearly the gem of the class and made an instant and consistent impact as the team’s best interior defensive lineman. Kendricks was a day one starter, and Boykin also jumped into the starting lineup, beating out veteran Joselio Hansen for the slot corner role. Though Curry was buried deep in the D-line rotation, both Foles and seventh-round flier Bryce Brown made their marks in 2012, showing poise and promise filling in for the injured Mike Vick and LeSean McCoy. Looking ahead to the 2013 draft, the Eagles will...

EAGLES DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Clay's brother Casey visits Birds today

EAGLES DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Clay's brother Casey visits Birds today University of Oregon inside linebacker Casey Matthews conducted a private workout and dinner with Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Dean Pees Wednesday, according to his agent. Matthews has an official visit with the Philadelphia Eagles today and Friday, and is scheduled to visit the Denver Broncos next week. He has a combine medical recheck next month. The younger brother of Green Bay Packers star outside linebacker Clay Matthews, the All-Pac 10 linebacker is on the mend from a shoulder injury suffered while bench pressing during the NFL scouting combine. The injury was a subluxation of his left shoulder and didn't require surgery. Matthews ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds at his Pro Day workout where he did everything except for the bench press. The 6-foot-1, 232-pounder registered a 4.13 short shuttle, a 7.09 three-cone drill, a 9-5 broad jump and a 32½ inch vertical leap. Matthews forced Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton to fumble during the national championship gam...

EAGLES DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Improving the Birds secondary

EAGLES DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Improving the Birds secondary EDITOR’S NOTE: Our goal with this draft analysis is to make this an Eagles-centric piece. In other words, taking into consideration the Eagles’ needs and their draft position in each of the rounds, what players might be available to them based upon the expertise of our draft analysis partner DraftBreakdown.com. Today we will drill down on the talent available in the 2011 draft that could bolster the Birds offensive line.~ Tony Lombardi The Eagles are a team that has tremendous weapons on offense; skill positions players that are a threat to score on every play. However, the offensive line is lacking across the board, but right tackle and interior are the two areas of great concern. Winston Justice has been used and abused by above average pass rushers and is also coming off a knee injury. With a left-handed quarterback at the helm, the RT position becomes the blind side protector and is an even more important area to address. On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles ...

EAGLES DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Improving the Offensive Line

EAGLES DRAFT BREAKDOWN: Improving the Offensive Line EDITOR’S NOTE: Our goal with this draft analysis is to make this an Eagles-centric piece. In other words, taking into consideration the Eagles’ needs and their draft position in each of the rounds, what players might be available to them based upon the expertise of our draft analysis partner DraftBreakdown.com. Today we will drill down on the talent available in the 2011 draft that could bolster the Birds offensive line.~ Tony Lombardi The Eagles are a team that has tremendous weapons on offense; skill positions players that are a threat to score on every play. However, the offensive line is lacking across the board, but right tackle and interior are the two areas of great concern. Winston Justice has been used and abused by above average pass rushers and is also coming off a knee injury. With a left-handed quarterback at the helm, the RT position becomes the blind side protector and is an even more important area to address. On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles ...
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