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Eagles Mailbag: Dalvin Cook, draft cornerbacks, backup QBs

Eagles Mailbag: Dalvin Cook, draft cornerbacks, backup QBs

The immediate flurry of free-agent moves has come and gone, but we still have plenty of time before the draft. 

It's clear that now the focus has shifted that way. 

We got plenty of repeat questions, so if your question didn't make the cut, that's probably why. We got enough questions to split these up, so look forward to a couple more in the next few days. 

Let's not waste any time. To your questions: 

I really like Dalvin Cook and I think he can be a good player in the league. But for me, it's still about value, and I think there might be better value on the board at 14. 

With that said, I'm not completely against the idea of Cook. I don't think it would be a bad pick. In fact, I think he would immediately make the Eagles much, much better. He would come in and be that three-down back teams always look for.

But here's the thing, what if DE Derek Barnett or CB Marshon Lattimore are there? What if the Eagles think more of wide receivers Mike Williams or Corey Davis? What if one of the cornerbacks who doesn't get talked about as much -- like Marlon Humphrey or Quincy Wilson or Tre'Davious White -- is sitting there? It's hard for the Eagles to screw this one up. 

I probably wouldn't draft Cook just because I'd prefer to grab an impact player then draft a running back later -- I like Jamaal Williams from BYU -- but drafting Cook wouldn't be terrible. 

I'm still convinced that the Eagles will cut Ryan Mathews at some point. But they can't do it until he is completely healthy, which might not be for a while. 

Eventually, they'll cut him and save $4 million in cap space. The problem is, by the time they get that relief, they won't really need it. 

As far as the others, Jason Kelce and Mychal Kendricks won't be cut, but I still wouldn't rule out trades. 

Yeah, I don't know. But I'll use this space to talk about Chase Daniel. It was an awful contract, an awful idea. No way around it. 

If the plan was to use him as a Doug Pederson-type quarterback to start until Wentz was ready, that would have made more sense. But the way it ended up working out was the Eagles paid him a ton of money to not play football in 2016. 

Here's the one thing I will say about Daniel: While he was wildly overpaid, it's hard to figure out how valuable he was to Carson Wentz during his rookie year. When Wentz would arrive at the facility at 5:30 a.m., he wasn't watching film with Pederson or John DeFillipo or Frank Reich. He was watching it with Daniel. So maybe he was valuable to Wentz last year. It just seems like in Year 2, that role was much less necessary. 

I think they should be. I know the Eagles are over Band-Aid cornerbacks and they shouldn't pay a ton of money for one. Still, there's some value in bringing it at least one veteran. The only real vet on the roster right now is Ron Brooks. 

Either way, though, I think the Eagles are going to take a couple corners in this draft. It's just too deep not to, especially considering the need at the position. 

Yeah, this is a complete guess. I'll say Stefen Wisniewski and Isaac Seumalo. For a long time, I thought the Eagles were going to hold on to Kelce, but with so much depth, a trade makes sense. It's a weak free-agent class at center, and the draft isn't great. They can get some kind of return for Kelce.

Don't sleep on Chance Warmack, either. He might be able to steal a starting gig (Ray Didinger is a big fan).  

Oreos. Not even close. If you're coming chocolate chip cookies, gotta go homemade. Oreos are the best dunking cookies too. Optimal dunkability.  

Eagles LB Joe Walker named Ed Block Courage Award winner

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Eagles LB Joe Walker named Ed Block Courage Award winner

Eagles linebacker Joe Walker, who missed all of last year with a serious knee injury, has been voted by his teammates this year's Eagles recipient of the prestigious 2017 Ed Block Courage Award. 

Walker joins such hallowed names in Eagles history as Andre Waters, Kevin Turner, Correll Buckhalter, Chad Lewis and Jason Avant in receiving the award, given annually to a player on each team who shows a commitment to the principles of sportsmanship and courage on and off the field.   

Walker, a seventh-round pick out of Oregon in 2016, suffered a knee injury the second week of training camp last summer but bounced back to make the 53-man roster this year and has played in all six games for the 5-1 Eagles.

With Jordan Hicks hurt in the second half Thursday night in Charlotte, Walker played a career-high 13 snaps on defense against the Panthers. He's played 53 special teams snaps this year.

Ed Block was the Colts’ trainer from 1954 through 1977 after earning a Purple Heart in the Army under General Patton in the tank corps in World War II.

The 32 Ed Block Courage Award winners will be honored at the annual Ed Block Courage banquet in Baltimore this spring.

For more information on the program, go to www.EdBlock.org.

Here is a list of all the Eagles’ Ed Block Courage Award winners since the inception of the program in 1984: 
 
2017     Joe Walker
2016     Nolan Carroll
2015     Fletcher Cox
2014     Jeremy Maclin
2013     Jason Kelce
2012     Colt Anderson
2011     Mike Patterson
2010     Jason Avant
2009     Michael Vick
2008     Jon Dorenbos
2007     Montae Reagor
2006     Jerome McDougle
2005     Chad Lewis
2004     Derrick Burgess
2003     Correll Buckhalter
2002     Shawn Barber
2001     Duce Staley & Tommy Brasher
2000     Cecil Martin
1999     Mike Mamula
1998     Bobby Taylor
1997     Rhett Hall
1996     Kevin Turner
1995     Charlie Garner
1994     Fred Barnett
1993     Andre Waters
1992     Jerome Brown
1991     David Alexander
1990     Ron Solt
1989     Mike Quick
1988     Wes Hopkins
1987     Gerry Feehery
1986     Jody Schultz
1985     Ron Jaworski
1984     John Spagnola

Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

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Despite raising bar in 2017, Philadelphia won't host 2018 NFL draft

The City of Philadelphia did an incredible job hosting the 2017 draft.

And it still wasn't enough to keep the event. 

The NFL announced the 2018 draft will be held in the Dallas Cowboys' home, AT&T Stadium. Dallas — or technically Arlington, Texas — will be the third city to host the draft in three years, following Chicago and Philly. 

It has been rumored for months that Jerry Jones had his city as the favorite to host the next draft. Turns out those rumors were right. 

Good luck topping what Philly did in 2017 though. 

“Philadelphia raised the bar by taking the Draft to another level, and this new opportunity in Dallas will enable us to continue the event’s evolution and grow it even further,” commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “We are grateful to the Dallas Cowboys, the cities of Arlington, Dallas, and Frisco, and the Dallas Sports Commission for their leadership in turning this vision into reality.” 

The 2018 draft will begin on April 26. The NFL's release said the draft site will include the field, stands and outdoor plazas. 

According to the NFL, at the 2017 draft, a record 250,000 fans attended the three-day event along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The estimated economic impact for the city was $94.9 million. 

“The Draft was a family-friendly event for Philadelphians and visitors across the country,” Mayor Jim Kenney said. “I thank all of our public and private partners, especially the City employees and first responders, who made this event a success and allowed Philly to shine in the national spotlight once again.”

Aside from the numbers, the draft in Philly was aesthetically pleasing. The television shots from the Parkway were gorgeous and the vibe around the entire event was special. 

Things went so well, NFL senior vice president of events Peter O'Reilly said the draft in Philly was a "resounding success." 

It won't be coming back in 2018, but the next time it does, the city will be ready.