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]

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

A post shared by Ben Simmons (@bensimmons) on

Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).