The day has finally arrived. The NFL draft starts tonight and finally, we will have answers. Eagles fans will find out how much more–or less–they understand the enigma that is Chip Kelly.
In the lead-up to the main event, there is an intense scramble of rumors and goings-on behind the scenes, as is always the case. Here’s a roundup of the latest rumors as they relate to Philadelphia:
The Mariota Madness will not end until he is drafted by one of the many teams in the league speculated to be after him. Chief among them are the Eagles, who reportedly are doing “all they can” to get him. –ProFootballTalk Continue reading ‘Morning Muse: Mychal Kendricks trade talk and a roundup of Eagles draft day rumors’
After five months of talk and speculation, the 2015 NFL draft is almost here. The intrigue surrounding Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles is at record levels. Have his series of bold moves this offseason all been part of a brilliant master plan to snag Oregon QB Marcus Mariota? Will all be revealed (and make sense) come Thursday night?
The stakes are as high as they’ve ever been for the Birds. It is the first draft where Kelly will fully wield power. After a disastrous selection of Marcus Smith in the first round last year, the Eagles have got to make a pick able to make a positive impact on the field this season. No room for excuses. Continue reading ‘It’s almost here: Who will the Eagles take first in the draft?’
The Philadelphia Eagles 2013 draft class has just passed an important hurdle in their careers–they know what numbers they will don for the midnight green.
T Lane Johnson, #65
TE Zach Ertz, #86
DT Bennie Logan, #96
QB Matt Barkley, #2
S Earl Wolff, #28
DE Joe Kruger, #73
CB Jordan Poyer, #33
DE David King, #78
Congratulations on yet another step in the NFL careers of these young men.
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Matt Barkley taking the call that made him a Philadelphia Eagles. Image via PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles had the biggest surprise of all in Day 3 of the NFL Draft when they traded up three spots to the top of the 4th round to nab USC quarterback Matt Barkley. The move was surprising for a number of reasons, but particularly because of the questions it raises.
What does the pick mean for the overall quaterback situation for the Birds, in particular for the futures of Mike Vick and Nick Foles on the team? And what does it mean about the type of offense we may see from Kelly?
Kelly’s explanation for the pick was simple. Barkley (6’2, 227) was rated as one of Philadelphia’s top 50 players and they couldn’t believe he was still available heading into the 4th round. So, they went up to get him. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles move up in Day 3 to grab USC QB Matt Barkley’
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’