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The NFL Draft in Philadelphia

April 26th, 2017 by Leo | Comments Off on The NFL Draft in Philadelphia | Filed in Eagles, Events, General, NFL, Sports

The 82nd NFL Draft will return to the city for the first time in more than 50 years over 3 days, Thursday through Saturday, April 27-29, 2017.  Taking place annually, the draft is when the National Football League (NFL) teams select eligible college football players to add to their rosters.

Surrounding the event, Philadelphia will host the FREE NFL Draft Experience. Be ready for three days of festivities — all taking place outdoors on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — that will allow fans to enjoy interactive experiences, get autographs from current and former players, and take pictures with the Vince Lombardi Trophy and many more opportunities.

The Philadelphia NFL Draft event is slated to be the largest fan experience ever produced by the NFL.  This Draft has drawn record interest and the Parkway will feature giant LED screens, a zip line, tons of exhibits and more.

Will you be able to attend the Draft?

The NFL Draft Experience is FREE to attend and open to the public!

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2016 NFL Draft: Grading Each Eagles Draft Pick

May 2nd, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2016 NFL Draft: Grading Each Eagles Draft Pick | 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 | Comments Off on Eagles draft Halapoulivaati Vaitai in 5th round | 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 | Comments Off on Eagles draft running back Wendell Smallwood in the 5th round | 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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Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft

April 29th, 2016 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Eagles 7-Round Mock Draft | 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 | Comments Off on Eagles-Browns Trade: Will History Repeat Itself? | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL
Source: Michael Chang/Getty Images North America

Source: Michael Chang/Getty Images North America

“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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Final Philadelphia Eagles 7-Round Mock

April 22nd, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Final Philadelphia Eagles 7-Round Mock | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
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The Eagles shocked the football world yesterday, by leapfrogging six other teams to land the second overall pick. That trade dropped the Eagles draft pick haul from nine picks, down to a total of seven. Prior to that trade, the common thought process was that the Eagles would select Ezekiel Elliott with the eighth overall pick. Following this deal, it’s widely expected that the Birds will select a quarterback with #2. Where they go beyond that selection?  Well, that is what remains a mystery. I’m here to give my thoughts on how the Eagles will draft next weekend.

Source: Michael Chang/Getty Images North America

Source: Michael Chang/Getty Images North America

1st Round (2nd Overall)- Carson Wentz [QB/North Dakota State]

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