Posts Tagged ‘NFL Draft’

North Broad to the NFL: Interview with Martin Wallace

Martin Wallace is on his trip from North Broad to the Cleveland Browns.After enrolling at Temple University as a transfer student from Northeastern University, Martin Wallace quickly made a name for himself on North Broad street. In his second year on the team, he had established himself as the anchor of the offensive line and a leader on the offense. Here is his story about his journey thus far to the NFL.

Q: First of all Martin, thank you very much for taking the time to share a little bit about yourself. Before we get into your journey to the NFL, I wanted to touch a little on your career at Temple University. You obviously had a tremendous career at Temple but looking back over your career, is there a …

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Post NFL Draft Q&A: Shaping the Potential Eagles Roster

What kind of impact will Lane Johnson have on the Eagles this season?With off-season workouts well under way, and the NFL draft in the rear view mirror, lets reflect on the draft, and make some projections for the upcoming season. We asked contributor and Eagles/NFL Draft Writer for Josh Collacchi, and HighPhive leading Eagles contributor/sports analyst for 91.3 WVUD Ben Haley on their thoughts about the Eagles draft.

Q: Lane Johnson of Oklahoma was drafted fourth overall and became the Eagles first round pick on April 25th. How does Johnson fit on the current offensive line for the Eagles? And what does the acquisition of Johnson mean for the future of Danny Watkins, Todd Herremans, and Jason …

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Value-Scoring the 2013 NFL Draft

Lane Johnson with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being named the #1 Draft Pick for the Philadelphia Eagles.The three day NFL Draft event is complete and many analysts have already submitted grades for teams as well as individual selections.  Admittedly, it’s a bit unfair to judge a team’s draft and their respective selections so early, before players have a chance to prove their worth on an NFL football field.   Instead, it may be better to grade the draft based on relative value (although, perhaps no less ambiguous).

Earlier, I created a draft model based on chaos theory principles and ran the simulation 1,000 times.  One of the byproducts of that simulation was an average draft position (ADP) for each player.  My …

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2013 NFL Draft Recap: The Philadelphia Eagles

Matt Barkley's Twitter picture after he was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 4th Round.No draft since 1999 has brought such hype and expectation to the Philadelphia Eagles. Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman, and Tom Gamble took the reins of the Eagles organization, and laid the framework for the Chip Kelly era in the draft. Prior to the draft, the Birds’ team needs were vast at : OL, CB, S, DE, TE, DT, and LB respectively. Through the draft, Kelly and his staff picked out diamonds in the rough in seemingly each of the six rounds they drafted in while addressing many of the team’s needs and finding great value with each selection.

The first round of the draft was very eventful for the Eagles, as Chip …

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Phillies Lose Again 6-4, Chad Durbin, Geno Smith, Draft & Lane Johnson

Gaby Sanchez beat the Phillies again on Thursday as the Pirates defeated Cliff Lee & the Phillies 6-4.Our beloved Phillies sitting at a cool 9-13 (losers of 7 of the last 10), welcomed the 12-9 Pirates who, besides being 20th in runs scored, 24th in batting average, 21st in OBP, and 22nd in slugging are 9-3 in their last 12 games and are a half game out of first.  Jonathan Pettibone beat the Pirates, Roy Halladay could not, Cole Hamels could not, but Cliff Lee can right?  I guess you will have to read on and see (ignore the title of the article).

This was a nice day for baseball, it was close to …

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Bird Life in the Fast Lane; Eagles Pick Lane Johnson After Losing Dion Jordan

Chip Kelly has to make sure Michael Vick is happy for the Eagles when the season begins.

The time has come, and just after Dion Jordan was stolen from Chip Kelly, the Eagles have made their decision. The Oakland Raiders received a first and second round pick from Miami in exchange for Jordan at number three. The Raiders pick 42nd overall and will also have number twelve.

The Eagles seem to have righted ship heading into 2013 and should, at the very least, be a fun team to watch this season.

With the fourth overall pick in the 2013 draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have selected Lane Johnson, OT Oklahoma. Johnson is familiar with the no huddle offense, and was the best athlete of the offensive line prospects. Johnson will contribute in …

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Eagles Draft Day Rumors: Trade & Likely Pick

Could the Eagles really take Geno Smith with the 5th Overall Pick in tonight's 2013 NFL Draft?According to a front office member of a NFL team the Philadelphia Eagles have been busy working the phones in the last few days into today about moving back out of the #4 spot. The teams they’ve contacted start with the 5th pick Detroit Lions and as far back as Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. Talking with teams that far back in the draft means they’re looking for an accumulation of picks not only in this draft but the 2014 NFL Draft.

It’s not expected any team 5-8 (Detroit, Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals & Buffalo Bills) will want to pay the price to swap with the Eagles …

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What the Eagles Will Do on Draft Night. Guaranteed!

Dion Jordan could be re-joining Chip Kelly from Oregon to the Philadelphia Eagles if they decide to make him the #4 pick overall in tonight's NFL Draft.It’s NFL Draft night, a night that I personally wish did not exit since I was a large fan of draft weekend… but who cares what I want, it is what you want. This still is one of my favorite parts of the year; I read all the scouting reports, mock drafts, and waste many hours of my work day reading about people I have never heard of and may never hear of again. One fun part about drafts is that the fans sometimes (and by …

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Will the Philadelphia Eagles Draft Tavon Austin? Expect the Unexpected

There are reports that Tavon Austin could be the Eagles 1st Round Draft Pick in tomorrow's 2013 NFL Draft.During an interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic, Sal Paolantonio offered a word of caution to Philadelphia Eagles fans.  He said, “If the two tackles [Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher] are off the board by the fourth pick, don’t be shocked if the Eagles select wide receiver Tavon Austin.”  Missanelli was appalled and pressed Sal Pal further, but Sal Pal simply responded, “All I’m saying is, don’t be shocked.”  I was driving home from work at the time and nearly swerved off the road.  Could Howie Roseman really have the diminutive West Virginia product that high …

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Final 1st Round Mock Draft for 2013 NFL Draft

Luke Joeckel is projected to be the Number 1 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.Below is my projection for the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. The order is dictated by team need as well as player talent, and no trades are involved.

2013 NFL Draft Projection:

1. Kansas City Chiefs- Luke Joeckel, OT Texas A&M – With a trade for LT Brandon Albert reportedly in the works with the Dolphins, the Chiefs will solidify their offensive line here.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars- Eric Fisher, OT Central Michigan- Fisher has  sparked the Jaguars’ interest, and should be a starter from day one.

3. Oakland Raiders- Shariff Floyd, DT Florida- Floyd is a dominant run stopping talent, and can fit a variety of schemes. The Raiders could …

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