Eagles round out 2014 Draft with S Ed Reynolds, NT Beau Allen

Eagles round out 2014 Draft with S Ed Reynolds, NT Beau Allen

A few quick thoughts on the Philadelphia Eagles’ final two picks of the 2014 NFL Draft, but first, let’s go the scouting reports.

 

Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

Strengths

Good size to contend with tight ends. Reads the quarterback and displays good instincts and anticipation. Has ballhawking skills -- 6 INTs and 3 TDs as a junior. Functional range off the hash. Wrap tackler. Has NFL bloodlines.

Weaknesses

Very average speed, twitch and flexibility. Unsudden change of direction. Lacks burst to close suddenly or recover when beat. Occasionally loses field leverage and takes some inaccurate angles. Leaks yards after contact. Misses too many tackles in the open field and can be run over (see Utah). Eyes get stuck on the quarterback, leaving him vulnerable to manipulation. Limited experience in man coverage.

Reynolds is 6’1”, 207 pounds. He has average athleticism, maybe a bit above average for his size/position. The thing that really stands out is that junior year—six picks, three returned for touchdowns. I don’t care what league you play in, and even if he did follow it up with one interception his senior year, that’s impressive.

Although I have little doubt the Eagles will talk about an “open competition” at safety, and there is no reason to believe it will be anything but, I doubt Reynolds will beat out Nate Allen or Earl Wolff for a job as a rookie (Malcolm Jenkins is penned into the other spot). Allen improved gradually last season and was something between competent and solid. Wolff held his own. Both guys have a full year in defensive coordinator Bill Davis’ system now, which will be a huge advantage.

Still, gotta like a safety with Reynolds’ size. I could see him being in the mix to play in Year 2.

 

Beau Allen, NT, Wisconsin

Strengths

Stoutly built lower body (squats a small house). Good initial thrust off the snap. Sheer size, natural girth and functional strength to occupy blocks. Has a desirable mentality for the position. Brings energy, plays hard and gives terrific pursuit effort for a big man. Tough and durable. Very good 10-yard splits (1.68 seconds) at his pro day, indicating surprising short-area burst for a 330-pounder.

Weaknesses

Marginal value as a pass rusher. Ordinary bull rush. Needs to play with better pad level -- plays too tall and is too easily engaged. Unrefined hand use and slow to disengage. Does not dominate single blocking. Is straightlinish and struggles to change direction. Slow of foot with limited range. Not an impactful playmaker.

I thought this was a great seventh-round pick. I don’t see the need to replace Bennie Logan at nose tackle right now. He performed well as a rookie, the team expects him to bulk up to 320-325 pounds, and the nose tackle was only on the field 50 percent of the time last season anyway.

They desperately needed somebody behind Logan though, and I think Allen is perfect. At 6’2”, 333 pounds, he’s going to be really difficult to move. Most offensive linemen will have trouble getting under Allen’s pad level at that height, and without the right leverage, he’s not going anywhere.

Plus, the Eagles can put a proper “heavy” or goal-line package on the field now, with Logan kicked to outside and Allen in the middle. Technically, the seventh-round pick isn’t even a lock to make the team, but I think he will and it’s a pick the Eagles will get some mileage out of.

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.