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NFL mock draft 2020 roundup: Yes, it's starting ridiculously early

NFL mock draft 2020 roundup: Yes, it's starting ridiculously early

You thought mock draft season was over? 

You thought wrong. 

Sure, we just made it through the 2019 draft, but that hasn’t stopped these mock-drafting animals from getting right back on the horse. Before long that horse will die and these guys will be beating it. But we have our first of the 2020 NFL mock drafts. 

I rounded up 10 of them and they all have the Eagles picking between 23 and 26, based on Vegas odds to win the Super Bowl. 

Here are their mocked picks: 

LB Paddy Fisher (Northwestern) — Ben Standig (NBC Sports Washington)

CB CJ Henderson (Florida) — Luke Easterling (USA Today) 

LB Paddy Fisher (Northwestern) — Bill Bender (Sporting News)

Edge Yetur Gross-Matos (Penn State)  — Trevor Sikkema (The Draft Network)

LB Troy Dye (Oregon) — Dane Brugler (The Athletic)

CB Jaylon Johnson (Utah) — Matt Miller (Bleacher Report)

LB Jacob Phillips (LSU) — Seth Trachtman (YardBarker)

CB Jaylon Johnson (Utah) — Eric Single (MMQB)

S/LB Isaiah Simmons (Clemson) — Dan Kadar (SB Nation)

DT Lorenzo Neal (Purdue) — Ryan Wilson (CBS Sports)

All defense! Maybe this is a reaction to the Eagles’ going offense with their first three picks in this most recent draft. The mock-drafters are trying to insert balance back into the world. 

If you consider Simmons a linebacker (and I do) that’s five of 10 saying the Eagles will draft a linebacker in the first round. A friendly reminder: The Eagles haven’t drafted a linebacker in the first round since they took Jerry Robinson out of UCLA in 1979. They had a pretty big need for one in this last class and they didn’t take one at all. So it seems the Eagles just don’t value the position as much as fans want them to. And the idea of Howie Roseman taking a linebacker from Oregon (Chip Kelly’s former home) just makes me chuckle. Two votes for Paddy Fisher from Northwestern. 

Also two votes for cornerback Jaylon Johnson from Utah. Because it’s so early, I have no idea what the Eagles’ situation at cornerback will be by next year’s draft. They have a bunch of young and talented corners, so some of those guys could really prove themselves or cornerback could be a desperate need if they all fail. 

The crazy thing here is that just one mock-drafter had the Eagles taking a lineman. The Eagles have been pretty honest about how much they value taking linemen, both with their words and with their actions. Wilson gets it. 

This will be our first mock draft roundup of about a thousand before April 2020. But we’ll make sure it gets a little closer before we do another one. 

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Eagles have reportedly hired Marquand Manuel as the new secondary coach

Eagles have reportedly hired Marquand Manuel as the new secondary coach

Marquand Manuel is the Eagles’ new secondary coach, according to a tweet by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

The 40-year-old Manuel replaces Cory Undlin, who had served in that role since 2015, first under Chip Kelly and the last four years under Doug Pederson. Undlin was named Lions defensive coordinator two weeks ago.

Manuel and Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz go back a ways. Manuel played for the Lions in 2009 when Schwartz was their head coach.

Manuel was not in the NFL this past year. He spent the previous four years under Dan Quinn with the Falcons, two years as secondary coach and two years as defensive coordinator before getting fired following the 2018 season.

The Falcons reached the Super Bowl in his second year in Atlanta, losing to the Patriots in Houston.

Before Atlanta, Manuel spent three years working under Quinn with the Seahawks, holding a variety of titles on the defensive staff.

Manuel, who played for Steve Spurrier at Florida, was the Bengals’ 6th-round pick in 2002 and spent eight years as a safety in the NFL with six different teams — the Bengals, Seahawks, Packers, Panthers, Broncos and Lions.

He played in 116 games, starting 58, with two interceptions and a pick-6 while he was with the Packers in 2006 off Jon Kitna of the Lions.

The Eagles also reportedly interviewed Browns defensive backs coach DeWayne Walker for the position.

The Eagles already have a safeties coach on the staff, former Eagle Tim Hauck. He was Pederson's teammate with the Eagles in 1999 and has been on Pederson's staff since 2016.

Quinn had this to say about Manuel on the Falcons’ web site back in 2018:

From the time I've met him from now, one thing that's cool to see that has stayed consistent is the energy and enthusiasm he has for players. He made the transition from player to coach really seamlessly because he knew the boundaries of coach, but he also stepped across to say, I can push you. That's not easy to do. He's always had mental quickness of a quarterback or someone who gets concepts really quickly. That transferred into this coaching fast. He can communicate concepts and ideas quickly to people on the run, in the moment, that's a really valuable asset as a coach.

The Eagles still have openings to replace the three assistant coaches Doug Pederson fired: offensive coordinator Mike Groh, wide receivers coach Carson Walch and defensive line coach Phillip Daniels.

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Eagles might lose executive Andrew Berry after all

Eagles might lose executive Andrew Berry after all

Just a few days ago, it seemed like the Eagles weren’t going to lose Vice President of Football Operations Andrew Berry because it looked like the Browns were going to hire someone else.

Well, that someone else has dropped out of the race.

Vikings assistant GM George Paton has taken himself out of the running to be the Browns’ next general manager, which means Berry is now the new favorite, according to Cleveland.com

This is certainly an interesting turn of events.

According to Cleveland.com, “Paton was reluctant to accept the initial interview because he assumed the job would go Berry.”

Now it might.

It would have made plenty of sense for the Browns to hire Paton, who has a long-standing relationship with new head coach Kevin Stefanski from their time together in Minnesota. But according to reports over the past few weeks, it seems like Berry has been a favorite of ownership and the front office.

While Berry and Stefanski have never worked together, they did get to know each other during the coaching search in Cleveland a year ago. After that search, the Browns hired Freddie Kitchens and Berry left for Philly. But now, Berry and Stefanski might actually get a chance to work with one another.

The Harvard-educated Berry, 32, was with the Browns from 2016-18 as their Vice President of Player Personnel before he joined the Eagles last season in a role they created for him. Berry initially came up in the Colts franchise, first as a scouting assistant and finally as a pro scouting coordinator. He’s been a quick-riser in the NFL world.

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles reportedly denied a request from the Panthers to interview Berry for a Vice President job. The reasoning from the Eagles was that it wasn’t a general manager position and he wouldn’t have had final say on personnel matters.

Final say is something Berry will likely never have here in Philadelphia. Despite a few missteps in recent years, Howie Roseman has pretty solid job security and he isn’t going anywhere. If Berry is going to become a GM, it’s going to be in another city. And it seems like that day might be coming soon.

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