2018 NFL draft

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. 

2018 NFL draft prospect watch: RB Bryce Love, DE Bradley Chubb dominate

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2018 NFL draft prospect watch: RB Bryce Love, DE Bradley Chubb dominate

The Eagles are sitting pretty atop the NFC East at 3-1, but it's not too early to take a peek at the 2018 NFL draft class. 

The team has shown decent depth at several positions so we'll just look at players that could fit the Eagles schematically.

Here are five players to keep your eye on this week.

No. 20 - Bryce Love, RB, Stanford, junior (5-10/196)
Love has been mentioned on this space more than once, but now he's on the national radar. The nation's leading rusher, Love has reached the 1,000-yard mark in five (5!) games. Coming off a 301-yard, three-TD performance against Arizona State, Love is averaging a ridiculous 11.1 yards per carry this season. He's not really featured in the passing game (two catches for five yards this season), but with his size, shiftiness and speed, he could be an extremely versatile weapon at the next level.

Stanford at No. 20 Utah, Saturday, 10:15 p.m. (FS1)

No. 8 - Dante Pettis, WR, Washington, senior (6-1/195)
Pettis had his breakout game of the season, hauling in 12 passes for 105 yards and three TDs in a win over Oregon State. But don't let that yards per catch fool you. Pettis is a big play receiver and punt returner. He already has three punt return scores this season. In fact, he's the first player in NCAA history to record a punt return TD in three straight games.

No. 6 Washington vs. Cal, Saturday, 10:45 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 9 - Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State, senior (6-4/275)
Simply put, Chubb is a beast. He recorded two sacks in a win over Syracuse a week after recording two sacks in a win over Florida State (he also didn't show much respect for the Seminoles' home turf). For the season Chubb has 5 1/2 sacks. Chubb is a disruptive force for the Wolfpack and should hear his name called in the first round come April.

No. 24 NC State vs. No. 17 Louisville, Thursday, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

No. 8 - Tegray Scales, LB, Indiana, senior (6-0/230)
The play that most will remember Scales being involved in Saturday is the ridiculous one-handed catch and run by Penn State RB Saquon Barkley. But in Scales' defense, I'm not sure Barkley is human. What you might not realize is that Scales recorded 11 tackles and three sacks in a losing effort. Scales is sort of reminiscent of Temple product Hasson Reddick. He's undersized for a pass rusher but has the instincts necessary to play a traditional linebacker at the next level that can cause problems blitzing.

Indiana vs. Charleston Southern, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. (BTN)

No. 27 - Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia, senior (5-10/225)
Almost two years removed from a horrific knee injury, Chubb is starting to resemble the player that was brilliant in a 1,500-yard freshman season back in 2014. He carried the ball 16 times for 109 yards. He's had his load lessened with teammate Sony Michel — who's worth keeping an eye on as well — sharing some of the carries. The tandem have combined for 736 yards and nine touchdowns this season while both averaging over 5.4 yards per carry.

No. 5 Georgia at Vanderbilt, Saturday, 12 p.m. (ESPN)

2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Six seniors to keep an eye on

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2018 NFL draft prospect watch: Six seniors to keep an eye on

It wasn't the intention of the author to profile all seniors, but here we are.

On Saturday, there will be six seniors in action during three of college football's biggest games. All six are worthy of NFL draft consideration. And all of them could possibly help the Eagles in 2018 and beyond.

Let's take a look at a few players to keep your eye on Saturday.

No. 16 TCU at No. 6 Oklahoma State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

►No. 28 James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State, senior (6-1/205)

Washington could've skipped his senior year after two extremely productive seasons for the Cowboys, but opted to return. And so far the results have been prolific. Through three games, Washington has 13 catches for 367 yards and three touchdowns. He's averaging 28.5 yards per catch, good for fifth in the country. Washington isn't a polished route runner, but his quick feet indicate he could become one. He has a second gear when the ball is in the air and is excellent at tracking it.

►No. 32 Travin Howard, LB, TCU, senior (6-1/213)
Howard is a tackling machine. The senior 'backer is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons. His disruptive plays were down a bit from his sophomore to junior year, but he's already notched 2½ tackles for a loss and a pick six in three games this season. He's undersized, though he looks bigger than his listed weight. Still, the NFL is trending toward small, quicker linebackers. With Nigel Bradham on the final year of his deal and Mychal Kendricks perpetually on the trade block, linebacker is a sneaky need for the Eagles.

No. 4 Penn State at Iowa, 7:30 p.m. (ABC)

►No. 2 Marcus Allen, S, Penn State, senior (6-2/207)

Hey, Eagles fans. Can we talk for a second? Cool. I know you all think Saquon Barkley would look fantastic in midnight green, but here's the thing: unless, the Eagles win four games or less, they likely have no shot at landing Barkley. 

Moving on, Allen is a safety prospect that would seem to fit Philly quite well. He's coming off a strong junior campaign where he recorded 110 tackles, including six for a loss. He's built more like a corner, but Allen is physical and plays with an edge. He recorded his first career interception last week against Georgia Southern, so you'd like to see more production there. With that said, the Eagles could use a developmental safety to learn under Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod. While he's learning, Allen could be a special teams maven with his speed and physical nature.

►No. 25 Akrum Wadley, RB, Iowa, senior (5-11/195)
Wadley isn't the biggest back, but boy is he fun to watch. He's coming off a 1,000-yard, 10-touchdown season. He also snagged 36 passes in 2016. Wadley is an ankle breaker. Some of the cuts he makes are LeSean McCoy-esque. He's been slowed by an ankle injury but is expected to play today. And the Hawkeyes will need him against the Nittany Lions.

No. 7 Washington at Colorado, 10 p.m. (FS1)

►No. 36 Azeem Victor, LB, Washington, senior (6-3/231)

Even after losing a bunch of extremely talented players to the NFL (including two to the Eagles) the Huskies' defense is still a force. Part of that is Victor. Before suffering a broken leg late season, Victor recorded 68 tackles in nine games. Even with the injury, Victor was named All Pac-12 first team. You have to love what head coach Chris Petersen is doing up in Washington. His players play a fast and physical brand of football. It's worth mentioning that Victor was suspended for the team's opener for violating team rules, but hasn't had any off-the-field issues.

►No. 23 Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado, senior (5-8/190)
Another undersized back, Lindsay had a big junior season, rushing for 1,252 yards and 16 scores. He was also impressive as a receiver out of the backfield, with 53 receptions for 493 yards and a TD. He's off to another strong start, notching two games of 140-plus yards and finding pay dirt in all three games. He's more of a north-south runner for a smaller back, but if he finds daylight, he has the speed to run by defensive backs. Every once in a while, he'll break off one of those Darren Sproles-like-pinball runs as well.