Eagles draft targets at No. 14: LSU CB Tre'Davious White

Eagles draft targets at No. 14: LSU CB Tre'Davious White

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 192 pounds

2016: 35 TKL, 14 PD, 2 INT
2015: 44 TKL, 7 PD
2014: 33 TKL, 6 PD, 2 INT
2013: 55 TKL, 7 PD, 2 INT

40-yard dash: 4.47 seconds
Bench press: 16 reps
Vertical jump: 32.0 inches
Broad jump: 119.0 inches
3-cone drill: 6.90 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.32 seconds

Once again, there is very little consensus as to the best cornerback prospects in the 2017 NFL Draft. Yet, for some reason, Tre'Davious White is a name that keeps popping up for the Eagles at No. 14.

You won't find a corner with more and better collegiate experience -- that much is certain. White was a four-year starter, which in itself is almost unheard of, and at an SEC program known as a bit of a football factory, to boot. He was voted first-team all-conference and a consensus All-American as a senior, too, so it was merely a matter of durability. This was a quality, productive player.

White lined up on the outside and in the slot, which shows versatility. He returned punts as well, with three career touchdowns. And in addition to his tangible contributions on the field, White was a leader, earning the program's prestigious No. 18 jersey for his commitment to the team.

The Eagles have displayed an apparent attraction to LSU players in recent drafts. In 2013, it was defensive lineman Bennie Logan, another recipient of the No. 18. Then just last year, it was defensive back Jalen Mills. Both picks were made with Howie Roseman at the helm, and Mills was under current defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz as well.

Those seemingly unrelated factors do not automatically indicate the Eagles will pursue White. Then again, even vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas was raving about the Tigers star at the Senior Bowl, making mention of both Mills and the No. 18 distinction.

White is an apparent fit in Schwartz's scheme as well. While taller, longer cornerbacks are in vogue across the NFL, Schwartz has frequently worked with covermen who are 6-0 and under, so size is not likely to be an issue. The ability to line up in the slot is also significant, as it means he doesn’t need to be pressed into a starting role if he's not ready, or can move inside in nickel packages.

There is an awful lot to like about White. Whether he's worth a first-round pick is the argument. He's ranked fourth at best among cornerbacks on most prospect lists, in a draft where there's little consensus and only one is expected to be taken before the Eagles are on the clock. No. 14 might be a stretch to those who treat such sheets as gospel.

Then again, there aren't many cornerbacks in the draft with a résumé quite like White's. Multiple prospects may have more "upside," but all White did was start and play almost every game for four seasons against SEC competition, and did so at a high level.

Furthermore, if the Eagles are enamored with White, round two may not be an option. If the club truly feels that there isn't another cornerback with his combination of skill, experience, fit and intangibles, you can't really argue against him at No. 14, when nobody agrees on how to rank these talents in the first place.

It's no wonder many have mocked White to the Eagles. They need a cornerback and have made it no secret they like this player and where he comes from. If his name is called at 14, it shouldn't come as a surprise, no matter where he's ranked.

 

Other Eagles draft targets at No. 14:
Tennessee DE Derek Barnett
Michigan DE Taco Charlton
Ohio State CB Gareon Conley
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis
Alabama LB Reuben Foster
LSU RB Leonard Fournette
Alabama TE O.J. Howard
Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey
Washington CB Kevin King
Stanford RB Christian McCaffrey
Michigan State DT Malik McDowell
UCLA DE Takkarist McKinley
Wisconsin OT Ryan Ramczyk
Washington WR John Ross
LSU CB Tre'Davious White
Clemson WR Mike Williams

Phillies reportedly closest to landing Jay Bruce during offseason

Phillies reportedly closest to landing Jay Bruce during offseason

The Phillies could have not only prevented all of Jay Bruce's damage this April, they also could have benefited from it.

According to a report from Newsday Wednesday night, the Phillies were the team closest to acquiring Bruce this past offseason from the Mets.

"The Giants and Orioles expressed interest, but according to a source, the club that came closest to acquiring Bruce had been the Phillies," reports Marc Carig. "It would have made sense. Though squarely in rebuilding mode, the Phillies had the money to absorb a chunk of Bruce's $13 million in salary. He would have been a prime candidate to flip for prospects had his bat come to life."

Bruce is due $13 million this season, his last before reaching free agency. Instead of trading a prospect or two to New York, the Phils opted to sign Michael Saunders to a one-year deal with a team option for a second. Saunders is guaranteed $9 million total.

It might be easy now to question the decision, but consider that Bruce has hit .223 since 2014 and was pretty much a non-factor in 50 games after the Mets acquired him from the Reds at last year's trade deadline.

He's already come close to equaling that second-half production. Bruce has six homers already this season and four home runs and 11 RBIs vs. the Phillies.

Oh and there's this:

The NFL draft in Philly wants you to park in South Philly and take SEPTA

The NFL draft in Philly wants you to park in South Philly and take SEPTA

The 2017 NFL draft kicks off on Thursday, April 27, and the city of Philadelphia says they expect a whopping 200,000 fans to come through to enjoy the NFL Experience along the Parkway.

With dozens of street closings around the Museum of Art, parking will surely be a nightmare. That's why they're encouraging fans coming into town to park all the way over in South Philly at the sports complex and take SEPTA down the Broad Street Line and exit at City Hall.

The good news for fans is the parking in South Philly will be free.

From the Draft in Philly website:

Free parking for the NFL Draft Experience is available in South Philadelphia at both Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center beginning 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, and continuing through Saturday, April 29. In addition, fans exploring the annual Penn Relays event at Franklin Field in West Philadelphia are also invited to park for free and ride SEPTA as a convenient transportation option. 

So the parking is free but you've got to buck up roughly $2.25 per person to hop on the Broad Street Line. I'd suggest you bring cash as well but you can also attempt to get a SEPTA Key card now because it's 2017.