LIVE BLOG: Eagles Hold 15th Pick in Tonight's First Round

LIVE BLOG: Eagles Hold 15th Pick in Tonight's First Round

Draft day is here, and I can honestly say I have no idea what the hell is going on. I'm comfortable adding nobody else knows either.

The Eagles have been tied to players at practically every position. They have a history of moving up, and with 10 picks this year, they have the firepower to do so. They have a reputation for moving down, and with few immediate needs, might be willing to listen to offers.

In other words, anything can happen tonight, and nothing would surprise me. Except...

I will be SHOCKED if any of you hooligans are happy with their selection! I kid, I kid. (Sort of.)

Since I have no grasp on their plan tonight, I'm going to buck tradition here at The700Level: I will not attempt to predict who the Birds take. There are far too many variable this year, and I'm never correct anyway, so why put myself through that shame again?

The guy I think I like though is linebacker Luke Kuechly. At 6-3, 242 lbs., Kuechly sounds like everything you could want in a linebacker. He's a sound tackler who put up prolific numbers at Boston College using his tremendous athleticism and instincts. It doesn't look like he would fall to the Eagles at 15, but if they could trade up to get him, choosing Kuechly could go a long way toward solidifying the linebacker corps for years to come.

Looks like I'm in good company, too. Les Bowen both believe the Eagles should target Kuechly as well.

That does it for our pre-draft coverage. Without further ado, let's live blog this thing. We'll be taking a closer look at the other teams around the league, answering your Eagles questions, and we'll also be discussing the two NHL game 7's that will be going on at the same.

Thanks for joining us.

The700Level -- 2012 NFL Draft

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson, Wendell Smallwood back at practice

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Eagles Injury Update: Lane Johnson, Wendell Smallwood back at practice

Right tackle Lane Johnson and running back Wendell Smallwood were both back at Eagles practice Tuesday.
 
Johnson missed the Panthers game with a concussion he suffered against Cardinals, and Smallwood missed the last two games after hurting his knee against the Chargers.
 
Practice was closed Tuesday and the Eagles are not required to release an injury report until Thursday because of the long week, but a team official confirmed that Johnson practiced — which means he was cleared through the NFL's concussion protocol by an approved neurosurgeon.
 
Johnson was not in the locker room during the period it was open to the media, but Smallwood said he did practice without limitations and hopes to play against the Redskins Monday night.
 
"It's been coming along," Smallwood said. "Felt good these past couple days, since really after the Carolina game it started feeling good. I was full-go today, I practiced with the guys. ... I wasn't limited at all. It really didn't bother me much. I felt good today. Hopefully, later on in the week, I'll feel better as the week goes and I'll be playing Monday. I think I should be ready."
 
Smallwood rushed for 113 yards with a 3.9 average and caught seven passes for 56 yards in four games before getting hurt early in the Chargers game.
 
"Wendell obviously brings a lot to the table," offensive coordinator Frank Reich said. "He's that thrashing, downhill runner. He's got some explosiveness. He's a three-down back, he's good out of the backfield, he's really good in protection. It brings all those things."
 
Smallwood said he played "on adrenaline" with the injury but said his knee swelled up during the game.
 
Injuries have married Smallwood's career. He missed the last three games last year with a knee injury and missed time in training camp with a hamstring injury.
 
"I get frustrated a lot when I'm not in the game, not being out there to help and progress as the year goes on," he said. "So it frustrates me.
 
"But it happens. I've just got to suck it up and not pay attention to it. Just know I can bounce back and just try to get on the field as fast as I can."
 
Smallwood said he expects to be 100 percent Monday night in a huge divisional game against the Redskins at the Linc.
 
"I believe so," he said. "I'm not going to hold back any. I'm not going to think about it or get nervous. I have that confidence in myself. As the week's gone on, I just started feeling better about what I'm able to do."

Also, rookie cornerback Sidney Jones, who became eligible to practice Wednesday after spending the first six weeks on the reserve-non football injury list, said he did not practice. Jones has been out since suffering a torn Achilles at his pro day in March.