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Eagles Mailbag: Which position will Eagles target with 1st-round pick?

Eagles Mailbag: Which position will Eagles target with 1st-round pick?

We’ve spent the last two days answering your questions and we’re still not finished. 

Here’s Day 1.

Here’s Day 2.

And now we’ll get to the last of your questions. As always, thanks for getting them in.

There are two questions. For the second one, I’ll direct you here

As for the first question, I think the two places I’d start are on both lines. The Eagles put a huge priority on building through the lines and this is almost a perfect storm. They need help at offensive tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end, and this draft has plenty of them. 

There could be as many as five or six offensive tackles to go in the first round and Howie Roseman already praised this class for being extremely deep on defensive linemen. One thought about a deep draft class at a position is to wait to get one, but that has backfired on teams before. Why not get a guy at 25 who would normally go in the teens? 

In the modern era of Eagles football (from Andy Reid’s first year in 1999), the Eagles have drafted 17 players in the first round. Eleven of them have been linemen. In fact, 18 of the Eagles’ last 25 first-round picks have been linemen. 

I think this is the story you’re referencing. This ain’t gonna happen. If the Rams traded Gurley, they’d have to eat a ton of dead money. And even if the Rams were going to trade Gurley, the Eagles aren’t going to shell out assets to take on a contract of that magnitude for that position. Sure, he’d be great in the Eagles’ offense, but this isn’t happening. 

You know, it was funny, on Thursday when the Phillies and Sixers were making moves, I thought about how weird it was that Roseman wasn’t the one pulling the trigger. He’s aggressive when it comes to trades and I’ll assume he’ll have a few — especially during the draft — this offseason. 

This isn’t a question. And it’s also not happening.

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Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Erase Jay Gruden's name from your Eagles coaching wish list

Another of the most qualified remaining candidates for the Eagles’ offensive coordinator vacancy is off the board.

Jay Gruden, recently fired after six mediocre years as the Redskins’ head coach, is close to joining the Jaguars to fill their offensive coordinator vacancy, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assuming the deal is completed, Gruden will become the Jaguars’ third offensive coordinator in three years. He replaces former Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo, fired last week after just one year in Jacksonville. DeFilippo replaced Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired and spent this past year in the same position with the Packers. DeFilippo was recently hired by Matt Nagy as QBs coach of the Bears.

Ten teams were in the market for an offensive coordinator when the regular season ended.

Of those 10, the Eagles are one of only two still hanging a "Help Wanted" sign on their front door. 

The other is the Vikings, whose offensive coordinator this past year, Kevin Stefanski, was named last week as head coach of the Browns.

Gruden, whose older brother John was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Ray Rhodes from 1995 through 1997 and is now head coach of the Raiders, spent 2011 through 2013 as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator before replacing Mike Shanahan as head coach of the Redskins in 2014.

His teams went 38-57 in six years and reached the playoffs only once, losing a wild-card game to the Packers in 2015.

In Jacksonville, Gruden will presumably be working with 2017 Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles, who was the Jaguars’ opening-day quarterback this past year but was hurt much of the season and then benched later in the year for rookie Gardner Minshew.

It’s not known whether the Eagles had any formal interest in Gruden, but he was certainly one of the most intriguing remaining candidates for the opening.

The Eagles fired Mike Groh 12 days ago after two years as offensive coordinator one day after head coach Doug Pederson said both would remain on his staff.

Among the candidates the Eagles have been linked with who are now expected to remain in their current position are Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, Ravens QBs coach James Urban (who spent three years as Bengals WRs coach under Jay Gruden) and USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell.

Other qualified candidates who are off the board include Chan Gailey, hired as Dolphins offensive coordinator; LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who was hired by the Panthers; Joe Moorhead, who was hired Tuesday as Oregon’s offensive coordinator; and former Eagles offensive coordinator and recently fired Giants head coach Pat Shurmur, who was hired as OC of the Broncos.

Earlier Tuesday, we outlined some of the top remaining candidates, including current Eagles position coaches Duce Staley and Press Taylor.

The Eagles also remain without a wide receivers coach, a secondary coach and a defensive line coach. The team fired receivers coach Carson Walch and d-line coach Phillip Daniels, and secondary coach Cory Undlin accepted the defensive coordinator position with the Lions.

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Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

Here's a sneak peak of the 2020 NFL Draft venue ... and it's 100% Las Vegas

The blueprint for the 2020 NFL Draft venue has been revealed and it's just what you would expect it to be in Las Vegas.

The draft has become quite a production in recent years, but this has to top all previous attempts if it's executed the way they're saying.

Reportedly, players will be transported to the stage by a boat. Which could be an epic moment for the draftees ... but could also add a significant amount of time to the already long night of events.

The red carpet stage has a more traditional look when it comes to a draft setting, but since it's Vegas, it's go big or go home.

There are currently mixed opinions about it all, but here are some of the funniest:

 

 

 


The draft will be held from April 23-25 where the Eagles currently hold the 21st overall pick.

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