Mayock: Draft Lacks NFL-Ready Talent at Tackle

Mayock: Draft Lacks NFL-Ready Talent at Tackle

In four of the last five NFL Drafts, at least two tackles were already
taken by the time the 15th pick was on the clock, the same pick the
Eagles hold this month's selection process. In almost every instance,
those players were penciled in as day one starters, either at left
or right.

According to Mike Mayock, that may not be the case this
year. Paul Domowitch caught up with the NFL Network's draft expert, who
believes there is a huge drop off after USC's Matt Kalil
-- a certain
top-five pick.

“[Iowa's Riley] Reiff, [Standford's Jonathan]
Martin and [Ohio State's Mike] Adams, all three of those guys should be
drafted in the 20s, not 15,”' Mayock said. “I would struggle drafting
any of them at 15.”

Depending how you interpret his remarks,
Mayock seems to believe Reiff could possibly start on the right side
from day one, but many mocks have him going in the top 10 anyway.

All
of which points to the Eagles taking a different approach for this
season. Though Demetrius Bell left Philly without a contract, free
agency is still an option. King Dunlap could be in the mix as well. We
examined all the possibilities on Saturday.

Domo's article is
worth reading in its entirety. Mayock breaks down the strengths and
weaknesses of each tackle, and as always, he's very informative.

>> Mayock breaks down tackle draft options [Eagletarian]

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Former Eagles CB Byron Maxwell benched by Dolphins

Dolphins cornerback Byron Maxwell is not starting tonight against the Bengals. Maxwell, who the Eagles traded this past offseason, was already seeing his playing time diminish. Now, he will sit in favor of Tony Lippett, who has not seen a single snap for the Dolphins this season.

The Eagles' big trade this offseason keeps getting better and better. They acquired the eighth overall pick in the draft in exchange for the 13th overall pick, Maxwell and Kiko Alonzo. Not only were they able to rid themselves of Maxwell’s awful contract, but they were able to get value for a player who is now not considered an NFL starter. 

The eighth overall pick that the Eagles acquired from Miami was flipped to the Browns among other picks to move up to No. 2. As you may know, that No. 2 pick became offensive Rookie of the Month Carson Wentz. 

At the time of the trade, Maxwell originally failed his physical because of a shoulder injury. It was reported that the shoulder was so bad he could not perform a simple pushup, but the Dolphins traded for him anyway.

The Byron Maxwell trade was the stepping stone for the Eagles to land their quarterback of the future, and this news can only make them feel better about the move. Howie Roseman had an incredible offseason cleaning up the mess Chip Kelly left behind, and Maxwell’s benching will certainly help his case for executive of the year.