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Eagles Mailbag: Surprises at 14, starting CBs, John Ross

Eagles Mailbag: Surprises at 14, starting CBs, John Ross

We're still over a month from the NFL draft, but questions are coming in fast. 

We answered the first group of your questions -- including Dalvin Cook, drafting corners and backup quarterbacks -- here

But there are still plenty more to get through. Let's jump in: 

Yeah, there are a few: 

DE Derek Barnett: There are a few reasons we haven't heard too much about Barnett and the Eagles. For starters, he doesn't play corner or receiver. But it's also assumed the defensive end will already be off the board when the Eagles pick. There's a chance he isn't, though. If that happens, the Eagles could really use him. 

TE O.J. Howard: If the Eagles are serious about going best player available at 14, it could very well be Howard. No, they don't need another tight end, but Howard has the chance to be great. 

DE Taco Charlton: Fourteen is too high for him, folks say. But teams are always in desperate need of pass rushers, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him rise up draft boards. 

And there have been plenty of corners mocked to the Eagles, but here are two names I haven't seen too much: Quincy Wilson and Tre'Davious White. I don't think either guy is out of the question. 

I don't think there are any receivers possible that you haven't heard yet. The top three -- Mike Williams, Corey Davis and John Ross -- should all be in play. 

Yup. I think so. The deals to bring in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith shouldn't prevent the Eagles from drafting wideouts. 

Ross can flat out play. He's more than just a fast 40 time. The concern with him is his injury history. Gotta be available to make an impact. The Eagles will have to really check into his medicals. 

Wait, there are positions outside of receiver and corner? I almost forgot. 

There are other needs. The Eagles really need pass-rush help and they can get a good player within the first three rounds. They should. 

Also, running back is a need. I'm not sure it will be Dalvin Cook at 14, but it would be an absolute shocker if they didn't draft one. 

And the Eagles have two good starting safeties in place, but it's a good year for safeties in addition to corners. They shouldn't shy away from taking one just because it's not an immediate need. 

People have seemingly forgotten about Ron Brooks. No, he wasn't great last year and he's been a career backup, but Jim Schwartz really likes him. Brooks has been healing from a significant leg injury, but if he's healthy, I think he sticks around. 

So my guess is Brooks and Jalen Mills on the outside. Then, on third downs (when the team is in nickel), Brooks will move inside and a rookie to be named later will come in to play outside. 

Yeah, it's possible, but I have a feeling he'll be gone. There are four running backs who could go in the first round this year, a real departure from the classic thinking about grabbing one later. (Though, I still kind of fall on that side of the line.)

I think a better bet in the second round is grabbing a corner, especially if the Eagles don't take one in the first round. Guys like Teez Tabor, Gareon Conley or Fabian Moreau could be there. 

No way. Rotating on the offensive line just isn't a good idea. It's way too important for those guys to get into a rhythm and learn how to play with the guys next to them. Pick the best five and go with it. 

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.