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Eagles to pick 14th in first round after winning coin flip vs. Colts

Eagles to pick 14th in first round after winning coin flip vs. Colts

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Eagles had a little luck on their side on Friday.

The coin flip at the combine to determine the 14th and 15th selections in the upcoming draft turned out the Eagles' way. They now hold the No. 14 pick in April's draft. The Colts will pick 15th.

Really, the coin flip was between the Vikings and Colts, who both finished the 2016 season with identical records and strength of schedules. The coin had a Colts logo on one side and a Vikings logo on the other. The Eagles were hoping to see the Vikings' logo when the coin landed after Hall of Famer Will Shields flipped it. This was quite a spectacle, with fans and even a PA announcer. 

The Eagles own the Vikings' pick thanks to the Sam Bradford trade just before last season. The Eagles' original selection -- at No. 12 -- belongs to the Browns after the trade up to No. 2 last spring.

For a long time, it looked like the Eagles would end up with a late-first-round selection from the Vikings, who started the season with a 5-0 record before the Eagles beat them to start a four-game losing streak.

Now, the Eagles will have the 14th pick when the draft kicks off in Philadelphia in April.

With their first-round selection now figured out, here is the list of Eagles' draft picks by round in 2017:

Round 1: 14

Round 2: 43

Round 3: 74

Round 4: 119, 139 (from Browns)

Round 5: 155

Round 6: 194

Round 7: 230

With the 14th pick in the draft, the Eagles should have a really good chance of snagging a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Is there really a difference between 14 and 15? A while back we looked at the last 10 picks who went 14th or 15th overall (see story).

Four of the last 10 picks at No. 14 have made the Pro Bowl and three have been named to an All-Pro team. Seven of the last 10 picks at No. 15 (compared to four at 14) have made a Pro Bowl, while one was an All-Pro.

Here are the last 10 picks at No. 14:

2016: S Karl Joseph

2015: WR DeVante Parker

2014: CB Kyle Fuller

2013: DT Star Lotulelei

2012: DT Michael Brockers

2011: DT Robert Quinn

2010: S Earl Thomas

2009: S Malcolm Jenkins

2008: OL Chris Williams

2007: CB Darrelle Revis

Here are the last 10 picks at No. 15:

2016: WR Corey Coleman

2015: RB Melvin Gordon

2014: LB Ryan Shazier

2013: S Kenny Vaccaro

2012: OLB Bruce Irvin

2011: C Mike Pouncey

2010: DE Jason Pierre-Paul

2009: LB Brian Cushing

2008: OT Branden Albert

2007: LB Lawrence Timmons

The Eagles have had significantly more success picking in the top 20 than they've had picking in the bottom third of the first round in the last 10 years.

During that span, here's a look at their first-round picks 20-32: Nelson Agholor, Marcus Smith and Danny Watkins.

And here's 1-19: Carson Wentz, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Jeremy Maclin.

The Eagles have plenty of needs to fill with this year's first-round draft pick. Perhaps most pressing are needs at cornerback and wide receiver. This year is exceptionally deep at cornerback. It's less deep at receiver, but there likely will be a top target still available in the middle of the first round.

Jay Gruden 'very upset' Eagles were able to land Carson Wentz

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Jay Gruden 'very upset' Eagles were able to land Carson Wentz

Washington head coach Jay Gruden has faced Carson Wentz just three times so far.

That's all he needed to think Wentz is special.  

"I think he's progressed at a rate as fast as anybody I've seen really," Gruden said on a conference call with Philly reporters on Thursday. "His ability to make plays in the pocket, his ability to stay in the pocket in the face of a rush and still deliver balls accurately, his command of the offense. 

"I think he's already proven this short in his career that he's one of the top quarterbacks in the league, quite frankly, and he's going to be for a long time. And I don't know how he got to Philadelphia. And I'm very upset about that." 

Wentz is 1-2 against Washington in his first three games, but that first win came in this season's opener on the road. In that game, Wentz completed 66 percent of his passes for 307 yards, two touchdowns and one pick, for a passer rating of 96.8. 

And Wentz has gotten even better since then. He's now the favorite in Vegas to win the NFL MVP. 

When asked how daunting it might become to face Wentz twice per season for the foreseeable future, Gruden pointed out that it's similar to the Cowboys and Dak Prescott. Then he pointed out they still have to face Eli Manning twice per season. 

"Every week it seems like we're playing against an excellent quarterback and knowing that Wentz is going to be there for a long period of time just puts a few more gray hairs on my head," Gruden said. "But love the competition and it's our job to get after him and make him uncomfortable." 

While Wentz is clearly the Eagles' quarterback of the future, things are a little cloudier in Washington, where Kirk Cousins is in his second year of playing on a franchise tag. 

Gruden said the "intent" is to have Cousins for the long-term, but it's already been a long saga and there's still no deal in place. 

Cousins has had a crazy career path. He began as Robert Griffin III's backup after being taken three rounds later in the same draft in 2012. But he won the starting job and he's started every game for Washington the last three seasons. 

Thursday, on a conference call with Philly reporters, Cousins said he thought there was a good chance the Eagles were going to draft him in 2012. He felt that way after meeting with Howie Roseman and Andy Reid before the draft. But instead, the Eagles took Nick Foles 14 spots ahead of him. 

After watching the Eagles rotate quarterback since then, Cousins doesn't have any hard feelings. 

"I think the Eagles have ended up with the guy that they want," Cousins said. "I think they're really excited about Carson Wentz and for good reason. They're one of the best teams in the league on third down, and some of the plays he's making off-schedule are very special. I think they're very content and I'd like to think the Redskins are as well. Hopefully, it can make for a great rivalry that a lot of fans can get behind and get excited about, hopefully, for many years ahead."

Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

Doug Pederson responds to Chris Thompson's comments about Eagles fans

Redskins running back Chris Thompson doesn't want to bring his family to the Linc Monday night because he's afraid of what Eagles fans will do.

Doug Pederson hopes Thompson changes his mind.

"Philly fans are some of the meanest fans I've ever experienced," Thompson told ESPN radio's Washington affiliate, ESPN 980, on Wednesday, according to a story in the Washington Post.

"I heard that's the one stadium you keep your family from going to. My family will be (up from Florida) this week, and they were like, 'I want to come to the Philly game.' I said, 'Absolutely not, you're going to have to wait until Dallas comes around. … I was told that right away my rookie year: Keep your family away."

Pederson said he loves Eagles fans and the energy and passion they bring but also said he hopes Thompson or any opposing player feels comfortable bringing his family to the Linc.  

"I just know that playing at home is a great advantage for us," Pederson said before practice Thursday. "Our fans are great, they're energetic, I love playing at the Linc. 

"You know, I hope every family can watch their sons play. I think it's important that they're there and have a chance to watch their siblings play, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents.

"Right now in the league, every stadium is great for the home team and ours is no different. We're just excited now to finally be getting a stretch of games where we can play for the home fans."

Thompson, a fifth-year running back out of Florida State, has played at the Linc twice, in 2015 and 2016, both Redskins wins.

The Eagles, 5-1, host the 3-2 Redskins in a national TV game Monday night at the Linc. The Eagles are 8-2 at home under Pederson, including a 2-0 mark this year, although they're only 4-6 at home against the Redskins over the last 10 years.