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With the 4th pick in the 2013 draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select….OT Lane Johnson

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Lane Johnson has his moment on the NFL Draft state with Commissioner Roger Goodell after being the 4th overall pick. Image via the Philadelphia Eagles Instagram.

Eagles fans, the wait is over. There was no trading down—instead, when Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson was still available at number 4, the Philadelphia Eagles took him.

The 6’6, 303 lb tackle will be an integral part of the Eagles’ offensive, helping to protect Mike Vick, who at this early stage will presumably be Philadelphia’s starting quarterback for the 2013 season. Johnson is an extremely athletic player–he has played both sides of the o-line as well as played quarterback and tight end in his career.  Here is an excerpt from Johnson’s scouting report, via The National Football Post:

With rare foot quickness he is able to slide out to the corner easily to stop speed rusher’s initial burst. His ability to block with base helps him to slide easily side to side to adjust to quick pass rush moves at the contact point. Although he does not punch aggressively in pass pro, he flashes the ability to get his hands on pass rusher quickly, can “get a good fit” and is able to lock-out and tie up pass rusher. Continue reading ‘With the 4th pick in the 2013 draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select….OT Lane Johnson’

Philadelphia Eagles draft buzz: Trading down, or staying put?

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The rumor mill was hot with speculation about the upcoming NFL draft and the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted that five teams, including the Birds, had expressed interested in trading down from their current first round positions in the draft.

Then came a report from the NFL Networks’s Albert Breer that Philadelphia had selected their targets for the first round to four players.

Morning Muse: Chip Kelly says ‘There are no slam dunks’ in this NFL Draft

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Does the fast pace at which Chip Kelly conducted his first set of practices as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles last week reveal anything about his draft strategy? – USA Today

It’s been said many times and in many ways about this year’s draft–there aren’t the flashy players who have been there in previous years. So, without a big name to put on the drat board, should the Eagles trade down from their fourth overall pick? Here is an argument for the Birds to stay right where they are: Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: Chip Kelly says ‘There are no slam dunks’ in this NFL Draft’

Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman on the draft: ‘We’re not going to force anything’

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With a little over a week to go until the 2013 NFL draft begins, Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman met with members of the press  on Monday. The media hoped to discover  inklings of the team’s strategy heading into the draft. Not surprisingly, little was definitively revealed by Roseman, including the question of who ultimately calls the shot within the organization at the draft. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman on the draft: ‘We’re not going to force anything’’

One month ‘til the draft: Who’s the best pick for the Philadelphia Eagles?

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As March draws to a close, football’s focus turns increasingly to the upcoming 2013 NFL draft, which is exactly one month away. The Philadelphia Eagles will get the spotlight early, selecting fourth due to their abysmal 4-12 2012 season. With the stakes so high, Philadelphia cannot afford to miss with their draft choice.

This year’s draft will be different from that of 2012, including the fact that the first and second choice picks are not known. In fact, there is not a clear consensus as to which prospect will be drafted first. There isn’t the killer crop of quarterbacks that we saw last year. But the draft is always different animal from year to year. The Eagles need to make the most of the talent present in 2013 and choose wisely. So who might they choose? Continue reading ‘One month ‘til the draft: Who’s the best pick for the Philadelphia Eagles?’