2016 NFL Draft: Grading Each Eagles Draft Pick

May 2nd, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Source: PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Three days of the NFL Draft has come and gone. Our Philadelphia Eagles held seven selections over the three-day event, with their first pick being second overall. They made shockwaves by moving from 13th overall to eighth in a trade with Miami. Then, last week they made a blockbuster with Cleveland to jump up to second overall. As always with the NFL Draft, some picks are no-brainers, others are decent picks, and there are picks that leave you questioning the selection. In this post, I am going to analyze the Eagles draft picks, and will grade them based on my thoughts.

First Round (2nd Overall): Carson Wentz/QB- North Dakota State

I love this pick, absolutely love it. The Eagles believe Wentz is their franchise quarterback, and so do I. He’s got all the skills, and his intangibles are fantastic. He’s drawn many comparisons to Andrew Luck, and I for one feel comfortable with that comparison. With this selection, the Eagles found themselves their quarterback for the next 10-12 years. Hopefully, a Super Bowl will find itself into that time frame, as well.

GRADE: A+

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Eagles draft Halapoulivaati Vaitai in 5th round

May 1st, 2016 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, NFL

For the second time in four picks in the draft, the Eagles addressed the offensive line. This time around they selected Halapoulivaati Vaitai, a offensive tackle from TCU. Vaitai, 6’6″, 320 lbs, has experience playing both left and right tackle, however, some scouts believe he is better suited for right tackle or even guard.

Here is NFL.com’s scouting report on Vaitai:

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Eagles draft running back Wendell Smallwood in the 5th round

May 1st, 2016 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, NFL

The Philadelphia Eagles had a need at running back coming into draft weekend, and they hope that their first of two selections in the fifth round will add some depth.

The Eagles selected Wendell Smallwood out of West Virginia with the 153rd pick in the NFL Draft. Smallwood, 5’10”, 208 lbs, is known as a physical “ground and pound” running back. Last season at West Virgina Smallwood was the leading rusher in the Big 12, as he rushed for 1,519 yards and nine touchdowns in 13 games, while also catching 26 passes out of the backfield for 160 yards.

Here is NFL.com‘s scouting report on Smallwood:

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A Busy Summer Ahead: 4 Trades To Make

April 29th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | No Comments | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports
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Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Welcome to the part one of my Philadelphia Flyers offseason preview. Over these four parts, I will take a look at trades that should be made, free agent signings that need to happen, prospects that could interest the Flyers, and I’ll also project their offensive and defensive lines come opening night. Without further ado, let’s get right to part one. 

The run of luck has finally come to an end, as the Flyers season has closed in what some may consider to be disappointment. On the other hand, I tend to look at the glass half-full. Yes, they lost in the playoffs. Although, it was at the hands of the league’s best team in the Washington Capitals. This is a team that wasn’t even thought of for a playoff spot back in September, yet they fought their way to the postseason. It goes to show the heart that this team has, and that the future is bright for the Flyers Organization.

With that said, there are some negatives to take away from this postseason. The main takeaway was their power-play. Any time a team goes 1-23 on the man advantage, they’ll have a hard time finding a way to win. While their struggles on the man-advantage was well-documented, they did find a way to almost force a game 7. Following their 6-1 defeat in game 3, Dave Hakstol decided it was time to give Michael Neuvirth a shot between the pipes. From there, Neuvirth stopped every shot he faced, except for two. Who would’ve figured that the one goal he allowed would be the series-clincher. That said, none of the blame can fall on anyone for their game 6 loss. Braden Holtby just stood on his head, and stopped the Flyers on every shot he faced. They gave it a great effort, but came up just short in crunch-time.

Another major takeaway from this series, was the fact that Philly was physically dominated by the Capitals. Sure, the hits may tell a different stat, but Washington was able to bully their way past anyone on the Flyers team. The Flyers severely lacked in the physicality department, and that’s simply because they are an undersized team. There’s not one offensive player aside from Sean Couturier that is taller than 6’2″. Making matters worse, there are only five players that are north of 200 lbs. While both of those facts weren’t in the Flyers favor, there was really only one reason why they fell to the Caps. This team lacks offensive talent. There’s a fair amount of talent back on the blue line, but up front we’re severely depleted. We were clearly out-played from a talent aspect.

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BREAKING: Eagles Select Carson Wentz 2nd Overall

April 29th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | No Comments | Filed in Football, General, NFL
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Source: Michael Chang/Getty Images North America

The wait is finally over….

“With the 2nd Pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select…..Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State.”

That’s right folks, the Eagles have landed their next franchise quarterback. Unlike the selection of Donovan McNabb in 1999, this selection was met by a round of cheers.

The Birds believe that this selection has brought them their new franchise quarterback. Wentz really burst onto the scene in a big way this winter. Back when the season began in September, the North Dakota State product was viewed as a third, maybe even a fourth-round selection. However, a strong finish to the season (including a Division II National Title), and a strong performance in the pre-draft workouts have seen his stock skyrocket.

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Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft

April 29th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, NFL

After what has been a wild offseason, the NFL Draft is finally here. In just a couple hours 31 players entered in this draft will have their dreams come true. One of those players will be coming to the Philadelphia Eagles to eventually have the opportunity to lead the Eagles back to winning football for the long-term future.

You know the story by now. The Eagles finished with the 13th selection, traded up to number 8, and eventually traded up to the second pick in this years draft. Going into this weekend, the Eagles currently have seven draft picks, and have a lot of holes to try and fill up by the time Saturday comes to an end.

With that being said, here is by seven round Eagles only mock draft:

First Round (2): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

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Eagles-Browns Trade: Will History Repeat Itself?

April 23rd, 2016 by Robert Waterman | No Comments | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL
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“Patience is a virtue and the best things in life are worth waiting for”- Julie Spira

I bring up this quote because it seems that the common Philadelphia sports fan has very little of this anymore as it pertains to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the yearly disappointments that we have endured. This seemed to get magnified after Wednesday’s blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Browns, in which the Eagles obtained the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Now, common perception among NFL insiders is that the Los Angeles Rams will take QB Jared Goff from Cal with the top selection, allowing the Eagles to take QB Carson Wentz from North Dakota State. There are a lot of people saying that we gave up too much, in addition to questioning whether or not it’s worth it to have this pick. I think we need to take a few steps back, remember the last time we drafted at No.2, and what we obtained from that pick. Yes, I’m talking about Donovan McNabb. Before I go into the current draft situation, I want to relive this pick again for those who have forgotten how good we had it during the Andy Reid Era.

In 1999, rumors were swirling that Philadelphia would take Texas Longhorns RB Ricky Williams. Williams was fresh off of a Heisman Trophy campaign the previous year, that saw him break the NCAA career rushing record. However, the Eagles stunned everyone on draft day when they drafted QB Donovan McNabb out of Syracuse instead. I remember it like it was yesterday, because people were saying the same thing about McNabb that they are about Wentz. What followed this pick was a period of time in which McNabb sat for the first year under then QB Doug Pederson, before ultimately leading the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games, and a Super Bowl appearance in 11 seasons with the team. However, as his production slipped, he was eventually traded to the Washington Redskins in 2009. Since that point, the Eagles have gone though six starting quarterbacks in the last six seasons, and not has shown that they could be the franchise QB.

Fast forward to 2016, enter Carson Wentz. Doug Pederson is now the head coach for the Eagles, and he is a big part of the reason that this trade ultimately happened. After crisscrossing the country with the other members of the Eagles front office and working out the top QB prospects, Howie Roseman pulled the trigger on the trade which may very well land us our new franchise signal-caller. While this might be a big risk, in the end the payoff could well outweigh the risks. The Eagles already have Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel in the nest at this point, and adding Wentz will either bring out the best in him or he will succumb to the pressure of being in Philadelphia. If history is any indication, then this could end up being just as successful, if not even more successful than taking McNabb. So again, I implore you Eagles fans………… patience is a virtue.

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