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Mosher's 2014 Eagles mock draft 2.0

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Mosher's 2014 Eagles mock draft 2.0

Between now and the draft, our draft pundits Ron Burke, Chris Steuber, Jared Sherman and Geoff Mosher will provide their latest Eagles mock drafts. They will make selections for each of the Eagles' six picks, and when they update their selections, their new mocks will be posted.

Round 1, pick 22: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri (6-4, 273)
Ealy’s stock keeps rising. Scouts feel his upside is through the roof and his best days are two or three years down the road. In that sense, he can be this year’s Lane Johnson, a freakish athlete who will learn the game on the fly. 

If he’s not ready to start, Ealy can sit behind Trent Cole and Connor Barwin on run downs and come in for pass-rushing situations. By his second year, Ealy will have learned the ins and outs of being a 3-4 outside linebacker and added the necessary weight to play the run and become a starter.

Last mock: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Round 2, pick 54: Keith McGill, CB/S, Utah (6-3, 211)
A repeat pick from my last mock, McGill’s 33 ¼-inch arms and 4.52 in the 40 are exceptional for an athlete his size. He specializes in man-press coverage and draws some comparisons to Richard Sherman.

Chip Kelly likes versatile defensive backs. McGill can play corner or safety, pushing for playing time as a rookie at either spot until he takes over as a starter in 2015.

Last mock: McGill

Round 3, pick 86: Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State (5-11, 198)
His 5-foot-11 frame belies Kelly’s “big people” motto, but Brooks has enough other favorable attributes, including 4.42 speed and the ability to play strong and free interchangeably. He started 13 games last year and won a national title with the Seminoles, so he’s not lacking in big-game experience.

He can add some weight to shore up some of his tackling deficiencies, but Brooks has the makeup to excel on special teams as he’s groomed for the NFL game.

Last mock: Jarred Abbrederis

Round 4, pick 122: Jarred Abbrederis. WR, Wisconsin (6-1, 195)
I probably had Abbrederis going too early in my last mock. He’ll slide in this deep draft of wideouts because he’s not the most physically gifted, but Abbrederis has a great feel for how to get open and produced against some very good secondaries in the Big Ten.

Abbrederis won’t replace DeSean Jackson’s speed or production but can team with Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and Zach Ertz to provide Nick Foles with enough downfield threats to succeed.

Last mock: Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford

Round 5, pick 162: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma (5-11, 177)
A torn ACL at the Senior Bowl cost Colvin a chance to be drafted in the second day, but he’s a third-day steal for any team that can wait for the former Oklahoma standout to rehab and be ready in 2015.

Colvin is a corner with a safety’s mentality -- he played both at Oklahoma -- and should be ready to push for a starting job by 2015.

Last mock: Colvin

Round 7, pick 237: John Urschel, G, Penn State (6-3, 313)
Talk about a vintage Chip Kelly guy: Urschel is big, intelligent and has extremely high character. He won college football’s “Academic Heisman” award and earned his master’s in math with a 4.0 GPA.

He needs to get stronger and isn’t an A-plus athlete, but some time around Jason Peters and O-line coach Jeff Stoutland can prepare him to be an adequate backup.

Last mock: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson

Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

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Former Eagles Dawkins, Owens named Hall of Fame semifinalists

Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens are again one step closer to making it to the Hall of Fame.

Both former Eagles were named as two of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2018 class.

Their inclusion on the list Tuesday is not a surprise at all. Both were on the list of finalists last year, but did not make the 2017 class to the dismay of Eagles fans.

The 15 finalists will be announced during January and Hall of Fame voters will cast their votes for the inductees on Super Bowl Saturday.

This is Dawkins' second year of eligibility and Owens' third. Traditionally it has been difficult for safeties to make it into the Hall of Fame, which might have hurt Dawkins. Owens has likely been hurt by his abrasive personality. Both are very worthy candidates and have a shot to be inducted this year.

Joining them on the list of semifinalists are six who made it on their first years of eligibility: DB Ronde Barber, OG Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour.

The original list of 108 nominees was cut down to 27 semifinalists instead of 25 because of ties.

Here is the full list of semifinalists:

S Steve Atwater
CB/S Ronde Barber
OT Tony Boselli
WR Isaac Bruce
S LeRoy Butler
Coach Don Coryell
RB Roger Craig
S Brian Dawkins
G Alan Faneca
WR Torry Holt
OG Steve Hutchinson
OT Joe Jacoby
RB Edgerrin James
Coach Jimmy Johnson
CB Ty Law
LB Ray Lewis
FS John Lynch
C/G Kevin Mawae
LB Karl Mecklenburg
WR Randy Moss
DE Leslie O'Neal
WR Terrell Owens
DE Simeon Rice
DE/DT Richard Seymour
LB Brian Urlacher
CB Everson Walls
WR Hines Ward

Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

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Former Eagles CB Dexter McDougle signs with Saints

Former Eagles cornerback Dexter McDougle has found a home with another one of the top teams in the NFC. 

McDougle on Tuesday signed with the New Orleans Saints, who, like the Eagles, are also on an eight-game winning streak. 

McDougle, 26, came to the Eagles in a trade with the Jets for safety Terrence Brooks in late August and even signed him to a one-year extension in early September. 

The former third-round pick in 2014 played more than the Eagles likely anticipated during his eight games active in Philly. 

In total, McDougle played 55 defensive snaps, and just three weeks ago played 32 of them in a pinch against the 49ers. He also played 135 special teams snaps (50 percent through the Denver game). 

McDougle was waived last week when the Eagles brought in linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. McDougle was expendable as Ronald Darby returned from his dislocated ankle. The only game McDougle was inactive was the opener, before Darby's injury. 

Without McDougle, the Eagles still have plenty of corners. They have five on the roster, including Jaylen Watkins, who is listed as a safety but has played corner this season.