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NFL Draft: Saturday's prospect watch

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NFL Draft: Saturday's prospect watch

If you're an Eagles fan looking toward the 2012 draft, here are a couple of players to watch on Saturday:
Rutgers vs. Connecticut (Noon, ESPN)

Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers, No. 6

Sanu, a junior, has 100 catches this season and lines up both outside and in the slot. He's very adept at wide receiver screens, and until this season was used extensively on reverses (121 rushing attempts as a freshman and sophomore -- but only three this year). Sanu has size (6-2218) and strength but will need to clean up his game a bit in terms of route running and consistency catching the ball. He's feasting on a lot of bad secondaries in the Big East.

Clemson vs. South Carolina (8 p.m., ESPN)

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, No. 2

Only a freshman, Watkins is the closest thing college football has to DeSean Jackson. He's a deadly deep threat, frightening on reverses and a deadly kick returner. Watkins already has surpassed 1,000 yards receiving and has scored 10 TDs. And unlike Jackson, Watkins has impressive size (6-1190). He missed last week's game against NC State with a shoulder injury, and Clemson not-coincidentally lost, 37-13. Watkins should be ready to go against the Gamecocks and might be matched up against star cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

News and Notes

Hog tied

Arkansas hung tough with LSU for almost three quarters before the Tigers' scary talent and athleticism took over. Some quick notes from the game:

I'm just not impressed with Arkansas DE Jake Bequette nothing there in my opinion. Arkansas needed him to make an impact against LSU, and he showed little ability to get up the field and harass Jordan Jefferson and no energy against the run. I don't see him making any sort of impact in the NFL.

Arkansas middle linebacker Jerry Franklin disappeared for the majority of the game. He just got caught up in the wash too much to be effective.

LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu is simply outstanding. Only a sophomore, Mathieu, nicknamed "Honey badger," forced two fumbles and ran a punt back 92 yards for a TD. And the scary thing is, he's not even the best DB on the team. That honor goes to CB Morris Claiborne, a Top 10 pick in the 2012 draft.

LSU QB Jordan Jefferson has talent, but that delivery seems too long for him to succeed in the NFL.

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.