Should the Eagles Trade Down in the Draft?

Should the Eagles Trade Down in the Draft?

There has been a ton of
speculation about the Eagles possibly looking to move down from number four
overall in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. The latest on that
story from the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane describes general manager Howie Roseman as
actively shopping the pick.

According to McLane’s sources,
Roseman has contacted at least two teams about a potential swap, with the
caveat that the Eagles would be looking to move down if they don’t like the choices
once they’re on the clock. McLane believes the decision may be fueled by the
availability of offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, who both might
be off the board by No. 4.

An earlier report by Geoff
Mosher described the Eagles as “willing” to trade down, and Roseman admitted previously
that there was communication with other teams.

Perhaps it is in some way a
smokescreen. Or perhaps Roseman is simply feeling out the market. The Eagles
like to consider all of their options, so the news is anything but a sure sign
they will deal.

It’s a question that has been
brought up a lot though leading up to the draft. Will the Eagles trade out of
the fourth pick? Should they?

A little while back, Mosher
debated the topic with Reuben Frank. Mosh argued the Birds should move back,
possibly even out of the first round entirely, stockpiling selections in what
is considered to be a deep draft. Roob thinks they should stay put and take the
best player available because it's rare (for most franchises) to be up so high.

Personally, I never much
understood the thought process behind why a front office “should” trade down.
Shouldn’t that decision be based on what the offers are like in most instances rather than a
predetermined plan?

If the Eagles get a return on No.
4 that they can’t refuse, so be it. I don’t think many people are going to have
a problem with that. What they shouldn’t do is move down just because it’s a thing to
do.

That said the discussion might
be moot anyway. The Raiders are one spot ahead of the Birds, and without a
second rounder in this year’s draft may have a little extra incentive to accumulate
additional picks. Teams looking to jump into the top five may want to go above
Philly, or risk watching someone else leap in there.

>> Sources: Eagles looking to trade No. 4 draft pick [Inq]

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Watch: Pokemon players ignore Phillies game to catch 'em all

Watch: Pokemon players ignore Phillies game to catch 'em all

The700Level Show's video gurus (nerds) took a trip over to Citizens Bank Park last week when the Phillies were promoting Pokemon Go lures at all of the PokeStops inside of the stadium. 

Some random quotes from the Pokemon fans, in their own words:

"There's like a million lures right now, so I might not actually sit down. I might just walk laps so I can catch like a million Pokemon."

"I'm kind of fighting the urge to walk around the stadium instead of watch the game right now."

"My egg just hatched."

"I'll be playing Pokemon Go at Wawa."

"People are like, 'get a life!'"

"I walked directly into a car, that was interesting."

"Constant loss of my dignity for being an adult and playing a children's game."

There you have it. Catch 'em all!

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

NFL clears Peyton Manning of HGH allegations

NEW YORK -- The NFL says it found no credible evidence that Peyton Manning was provided with HGH or other prohibited substances as alleged in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America last fall.

The league said the quarterback and his wife fully cooperated in the seven-month investigation, providing interviews and access to all records sought by investigators. Manning vehemently denied the allegations when they were made late in the season.

Manning retired from the NFL a month after Denver's 24-10 win over Carolina in Super Bowl 50.

The NFL is continuing its investigation into allegations made against other NFL players in the documentary, which the league said involves "different lines of inquiry and witnesses."

Eagles CB Jalen Mills rocks a green hairdo, says he kind of likes it

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Eagles CB Jalen Mills rocks a green hairdo, says he kind of likes it

Seventh-round draft pick Jalen Mills was one of the standouts of the Eagles' offseason program, quickly climbing the depth chart and impressing on the field. But on the first day of training camp, the rookie cornerback stood out for a far different reason.

As you can see, Mills' hair is green.

The LSU product turned some heads and even got a few chuckles from onlookers. Don't expect that to persuade him to go back to a more conventional look anytime soon though. Mills said he got the color done about a week ago and thinks he'll stick with it.

"Just joking with one of my friends," Mills said of how the new hairdo came about. "Then the joke, I actually came through and I actually kind of like it a little bit, so I'm gonna keep it for sure."

As for Mills' teammates, well, they've got jokes too. Let's just say the green hair has inspired some new nicknames for the first-year defensive back.

"Green Goblin. The Joker. I've heard Lime Green Skittle. Starburst," Mills said, rattling off some of the nicknames going around the locker rom. "I've been getting an earful."

Of course, Mills isn't the first Eagles player or even defensive back to sport team pride by changing the color of his locks. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie showed up to training camp with a green stripe in his hair back in 2012.

Hopefully it works out better for Mills than it did DRC, who went on to have a disastrous season. Fortunately, the 22-year-old seems to have his head on straight and is not merely vying for a roster spot, but perhaps serious playing time this season.

Mills opened up the first day of training camp with rookies and selected veterans by breaking up several passes, building on a strong offseason that saw him working with the first-team defense as the nickel corner. As for how he's gone from late-round pick to in the mix so fast, Mills credits hard work, along with his coaches and teammates.

"Just being focused and being determined," said Mills. "We've got a great coaching staff helping me, great players in the defensive back room as well, just everybody being able to help me put my first step forward.

"I'm really trying to give my all for this team and it's showing through."

It's showing through quite literally at the moment.