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NFL mock draft 2019 roundup 7.0: First edition for Eagles since free agency

NFL mock draft 2019 roundup 7.0: First edition for Eagles since free agency

With the initial flurry of free agency moves over, it’s time to take a closer look to see if it’s changed mock drafts. 

The Eagles have pick No. 25 in the first round. 

Let’s take a look: 

The Draft Network, Benjamin Solak

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston 

Here’s what they said: “We have to begin by acknowledging that Oliver is going to fall. I'd be shocked if he goes Top-10. There's too much smoke from plugged-in media members for there not to be fire.

“So where does he go? To the short list of teams who are willing to take big gambles in the Draft; who color outside of the lines and chase competitive advantages. Oliver will be an outlier if he's successful, and many NFL teams are willing to miss on outliers and adhere exclusively to the orthodox. C'est la vie.

“It sounds like something Philadelphia would do, even with the addition of Malik Jackson: Oliver's penetration quickness and flexibility won't be valued anywhere more than they will be with the Eagles, and Fletcher Cox's gravity will free Oliver up. That'll be a new luxury for him.”

My take on Oliver: In an Eagles-only mock draft not long ago, I mocked Oliver to the Eagles and many folks disagreed that Oliver would still be there. I understand that. But even if he doesn’t make it to 25, the Eagles might be in play for a modest trade up to get a really talented player in the late teens or early 20s. Oliver’s size is a big reason for his slide, but he can flat-out play. If the Eagles get him at 25, that would possibly be the steal of the first round. 

NFL.com, Charles Davis

DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia 

Here’s what they said: "Wasn't the best combine for him, but his tape shows an ultra-competitive CB who contests all passes thrown in his area."

CBS Sports, Chris Trapasso

DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Here’s what they said: "As a rookie, Baker can step in as a full-time player in a needy Eagles secondary."

My take on Baker: I will partly forgive Davis and Trapasso because their mock drafts were up before the Eagles re-signed Ronald Darby. But even before Darby was brought back for the 2019 season, the Eagles still have a defensive back room stacked with young and cheap cornerbacks they’ve drafted. It’s hard to believe they’d just their first round pick on another one. 

Walter Football, Charlie Campbell

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington 

Here’s what they said: "Murphy (6-1, 185) played well as part of a loaded Washington secondary that was likely comprised of future NFL talent. In 2018, he totaled 58 tackles with 13 passes broken up and four interceptions. In his freshman season, he notched three interceptions with seven breakups and 16 tackles. Sources say Murphy is a polished corner and they really like what he put on tape. They like his instincts, awareness, ability to play inside or outside, and the excellent coaching/preparation he received from former NFL defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake. Their concerns with Murphy are with his size and him having average playing speed."

My take on Murphy: Again, with a cornerback!?! This came out after the Darby news too. I like Murphy. Think he’s a good prospect. I don’t think the Eagles will be drafting him or any other cornerback in the first round. 

CBS Sports, Ryan Wilson

Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

Here’s what they said: "Adderley is a converted cornerback who can cover in the slot or play centerfield. His athleticism makes him a great fit in Philly's defense."

My take on Adderley: Adderley is one of the top safeties in the draft and the Eagles could use a safety in this draft. Check. But I kind of doubt they’ll use their first-round pick on one, especially after bringing back Rodney McLeod and not really knowing where Avonte Maddox projects long-term. I wouldn’t hate this pick, but I think there are other players who will be there who make more sense. 

SB Nation, Dan Kadar

Greg Little, OT, Mississippi 

Here’s what they said: Little has as much pure talent as any offensive tackle in the draft, but the technical aspects of his game need work. Going to Philadelphia, where he can sit a year behind the great Jason Peters, would be the ideal scenario. Few blockers set their base as well as Peters, and that’s exactly where Little needs to improve.

My take on Little: Using pick No. 25 on an offensive lineman makes a lot more sense than a defensive back. The Eagles brought Jason Peters back for 2019, so he’s going to be the starter at left tackle and Lane Johnson will start at right tackle. So Little would need to sit on the bench, but could learn from a Pro Bowler and a future Hall of Famer. Jordan Mailata might be the future left tackle, but Little is more of a sure thing. 

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Easiest and hardest parts of the Eagles' schedule

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Eagle Eye Podcast: Easiest and hardest parts of the Eagles' schedule

On this edition of Eagle Eye, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro take a look at the Eagles' 2019 schedule. What are the easiest and most difficult parts?

The guys give their prediction for each game. Also, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas spoke in their pre-draft chat with the media. How important is this draft for the organization?

1:00 - First impressions of the 2019 schedule.
7:30 - Roob's and Dave's perfect predictions for all 16 games.
30:30 - Importance of this upcoming draft.
34:00 - Eagles really like Nate Sudfeld.

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A traveler's guide for Eagles' 2019 road schedule

A traveler's guide for Eagles' 2019 road schedule

There’s no San Francisco on the schedule. No Seattle. No Denver, Phoenix or London.

From a traveler’s perspective, this is not a great schedule.

That doesn’t mean Philadelphians won’t pack airplanes and hotels once again to see their favorite team on the road.

So book those flights to Green Bay, Buffalo and Minneapolis and hope it doesn’t snow!

With the NFL schedule out Wednesday (see Eagles' full schedule), here’s a look what awaits you as you travel to one (or more) of the nine cities the Eagles travel to this coming season.

Week 2 — Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 15, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go

Not only a modern cosmopolitan city but one that played a major role in the Civil War and also the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

3 places to visit

1. World of Coca-Cola, 2. Georgia Aquarium, 3. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site 

Travel tip

Atlanta’s MARTA rail system easily connects the airport with downtown and the touristy Buckhead area north of the city.

For more Information, click here.

Week 4 — Green Bay, Thursday, Sept. 26, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go 

This small community of barely 100,000 is a unique and historic NFL destination.

3 places to visit

1. Lambeau Field, 2. The Outagamie County Historical Society in nearby Appleton, 3. National Railroad Museum in neighboring Ashwaubenon (Most of Lambeau’s parking lots are located in Ashwaubenon).

Travel tip 

Lambeau Stadium is located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, and the roads can get incredibly congested. If you’re going, leave earlier than you’ve ever left for a sports event.

For more information, click here.

Week 6 — Minnesota, Sunday, Oct. 13, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because who doesn’t want to visit the site of the greatest moment in recent Eagles history.

3 places to visit 

1. Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2. Minnehaha Regional Park (if the waterfall isn’t frozen), 3. Mall of America

Travel tip

You will get lost in the Mall of America. I promise. The place is ridiculously huge. The mall, the world’s largest, has kiosks throughout all the concourses where you can actually print out step-by-step directions to whatever store, restaurant or parking lot you’re looking for. If you don’t use the kiosks, you won’t find your way out, and you’ll be stuck for the rest of your life in a giant mall.

For more information, click here.

Week 7 — Dallas, Sunday, Oct. 20, 8:20 p.m.

Why you should go

Because other than being the home of the Cowboys, Dallas is actually a pretty great city.

3 places to visit 

1. Dealey Plaza Museum, 2. Dallas Museum of Art, 3. Texas Discovery Gardens

Travel tip 

The Dallas Metro area is massive. From Mesquite on the east side to Fort Worth on the west side can easily take an hour and a half with no traffic. Always allow plenty of time to get where you’re going.

For more information, click here.

Week 8 — Buffalo, Sunday, Oct. 27, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Honestly? You shouldn’t go. But if you really have your heart set on visiting Buffalo, more power to you!

3 places to visit 

1. Niagara Falls, 2. Waterfront/HarborCenter area, 3. Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.

Travel tip 

If you don’t want to fly, you can make the drive — weather permitting — from downtown Philly to Buffalo in about 6½ hours. 

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Week 13 — Miami, Sunday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because in a season in which the Eagles visit Buffalo, Green Bay and Minneapolis, Miami should be somewhat warm when the Eagles get there.

3 places to visit 

1. South Beach, 2. Miami Beach, 3. Everglades National Park.

Travel tip 

Before you book your flight, look into Fort Lauderdale Airport as well as Miami Airport. It’s smaller, nicer, easier to navigate and closer to Hard Rock Stadium and really not much farther to Miami’s beaches and attractions.

For more information, click here.

Week 15 — Washington, Sunday, Dec. 15, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because it’s got more museums (most of them free) and historical sites than anywhere in the country.

3 places to visit 

1. The Lincoln Memorial, 2. The Washington Monument, 3. The Smithsonian museums.

Travel tip 

Don’t drive. Take the train and use Washington’s expansive Metro system to get around the city and neighboring towns.

For more information, click here.

Week 17 — East Rutherford, Sunday, Dec. 29, 1 p.m.

Why you should go 

Because the Eagles always win. The Eagles are 10-2 against the Giants at the Meadowlands since 2008

3 places to visit 

OK, this is a challenge, but here we go: 1. Outlet shopping across the N.J. Turnpike in Secaucus, 2. Nearby Jersey City is a growing, bustling city, and the large downtown plaza at the end of Christopher Columbus Boulevard — J. Owen Grundy Park — offers incredible views across the river of Manhattan, 3. The Aviation Hall of Fame & Museum in nearby Teterboro.

Travel tip 

If you’re taking the N.J. Turnpike to MetLife Stadium, make sure you stay to the left just past Exit 14 and take the so-called Western Spur north to the stadium area instead of the Eastern Spur, which will take you into Hoboken and the Lincoln Tunnel.

For more information, click here.

Preseason, Game 2 — Jacksonville, Thursday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.

Why you should go 

It’s Florida, so many of the attractions in Jacksonville are water-related. Beaches, water parks, fishing, cruises, etc. But Jacksonville is also a real hub for art galleries and museums. And it’s only a two-hour drive from Disney World.

3 places to visit 

1. Jacksonville Zoo, 2. Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art, 3. Historic Amelia Island

Travel tip 

TIAA Bank Field, where the Eagles played in the 2004 Super Bowl, is in downtown Jacksonville, within easy walking distance of numerous hotels. If you’re only going in for the game, there’s no reason to rent a car.

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