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Futures forecast: Is it a sure bet the Eagles will pick a wide receiver at the NFL draft?

Futures forecast: Is it a sure bet the Eagles will pick a wide receiver at the NFL draft?

Javon Hargrave.

Darius Slay.

Jatavis Brown.

Will Parks.

Nickell Robey-Coleman.

All 5 additions have one thing in common. DEFENSE.

On paper Eagles GM Howie Roseman has bolstered the "D" through free agency and trades in the beginning stages of the 2020-21 NFL calendar. Additionally, the Eagles' front office opted not to bring back team leader Malcolm Jenkins and has plans to slide Jalen Mills from cornerback to safety.

So what about adding weapons for Carson Wentz? It's been a silent offseason for the Eagles in regards to improving the offense. The overwhelming sentiment is the Eagles will be bulking up the wide receiver position in next month's draft. Fans are clamoring for that young, big play wideout.

If the numerous sportsbooks are giving us any sign, then a wide receiver with its first pick appears to be the direction the team is headed.

For instance, you can bet on FanDuel which player the Eagles will take with their first selection. LSU wide out Justin Jefferson is a +170 favorite. A $100 bet on Jefferson to be the pick would win $170.

Keep in mind this wager is who the Eagles will take with their first selection in the draft. Obviously you have to take into account they could move up or down. Regardless, all signs point to a receiver being the Eagles' first pick. The first seven players you can place a wager on are all wideouts. (Image below: Courtesy FanDuel SportsBook)

DraftKings SportsBook also indicates Jefferson could be the pick at 21 by setting his over/under at 21.5 (Image below: Courtesy DraftKings SportsBook). A $110 wager on either the over or the under would pay out $100. It’s worth noting BetMGM has Jefferson’s over/under at 23.5.

In more general terms, FoxBet is offering a wager on whether the Eagles will go offense or defense with their first pick. Offense is the favorite at -225 meaning a $225 wager would pay $100 if the Eagles opt to build depth for Wentz and company. (Image below Courtesy FoxBet)

Over the course of the next several weeks there will be plenty of mock drafts to pursue. Players’ stock will go up and down. From a betting perspective odds will fluctuate. This will be worth monitoring as we inch closer to day one of the NFL Draft. Indications now are showing offensive help could be on the way for the Eagles.

The final game at Veterans Stadium was The Best Game I Ever Saw Live

The final game at Veterans Stadium was The Best Game I Ever Saw Live

September 28, 2003.

It was the final game of the regular season. It would be the 10th consecutive season the Phillies would not have a Red October. The Braves beat the Phillies 5-2. None of that mattered. 

For me and 58,000-plus other fans in attendance, it was one final time walking up those winding ramps at Veterans Stadium sporting our Phillies gear. It would be the last time at the Vet I would hear a vendor yell "Hey! Hot dog here!"  

So much nostalgia for me on that day. Memories of my parents taking me to Sunday home games and sitting in the 500 level on a hot steamy summer day. We got wiser as years went on and sat in the shade down in the 300 level.  

As I got older, I remember taking the free ticket coupons from the Phillies' franks packages to the ticket window so I could sit in the 700 level for a weeknight game against the Expos.

It was so surreal on that cloudy fall Sunday in 2003 as ceremony after ceremony went on throughout the game. From then-manager Larry Bowa, along with 1980 World Champion manager Dallas Green, bringing out the lineup card, to seeing Harry Kalas change the Vet countdown on the outfield wall from one to zero, and then the walk down memory lane seeing the likes of Schmidt, Carlton and McGraw make one last trek on that infamous Vet turf.  

However, there is a moment that stands out to me that had nothing to do with the festivities on the field. It was late in the game. Most fans were just hanging around waiting for the postgame ceremony. Then all of the sudden, a roar erupts inside Veterans Stadium. You see, the Phillies game was played on an Eagles Sunday and a large percentage of fans, me included, were locked in on their walkmans listening to Eagles radio broadcasting legend Merrill Reese call the action. I remember vividly Merrill in typical Merrill fashion screaming, "20, 10, 5, touchdown" as Brian Westbrook ripped off a 62-yard touchdown with just over 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter to help seal a 23-13 victory in Buffalo. Fans are hugging and high fiving each other. 

The roar was so loud the play on the field briefly paused as the players on the field looked up to see what was causing the commotion. Chants of E-A-G-L-E-S rang throughout the bowl.  

It isn't at all the greatest game in Philadelphia sports. It was just one of those moments that's always stuck with me. The Phillies and Eagles called the Vet home. And on this final day of baseball, they made one more Vet memory for me.

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