Eagles to pick 14th in first round after winning coin flip vs. Colts

Eagles to pick 14th in first round after winning coin flip vs. Colts

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Eagles had a little luck on their side on Friday.

The coin flip at the combine to determine the 14th and 15th selections in the upcoming draft turned out the Eagles' way. They now hold the No. 14 pick in April's draft. The Colts will pick 15th.

Really, the coin flip was between the Vikings and Colts, who both finished the 2016 season with identical records and strength of schedules. The coin had a Colts logo on one side and a Vikings logo on the other. The Eagles were hoping to see the Vikings' logo when the coin landed after Hall of Famer Will Shields flipped it. This was quite a spectacle, with fans and even a PA announcer. 

The Eagles own the Vikings' pick thanks to the Sam Bradford trade just before last season. The Eagles' original selection -- at No. 12 -- belongs to the Browns after the trade up to No. 2 last spring.

For a long time, it looked like the Eagles would end up with a late-first-round selection from the Vikings, who started the season with a 5-0 record before the Eagles beat them to start a four-game losing streak.

Now, the Eagles will have the 14th pick when the draft kicks off in Philadelphia in April.

With their first-round selection now figured out, here is the list of Eagles' draft picks by round in 2017:

Round 1: 14

Round 2: 43

Round 3: 74

Round 4: 119, 139 (from Browns)

Round 5: 155

Round 6: 194

Round 7: 230

With the 14th pick in the draft, the Eagles should have a really good chance of snagging a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Is there really a difference between 14 and 15? A while back we looked at the last 10 picks who went 14th or 15th overall (see story).

Four of the last 10 picks at No. 14 have made the Pro Bowl and three have been named to an All-Pro team. Seven of the last 10 picks at No. 15 (compared to four at 14) have made a Pro Bowl, while one was an All-Pro.

Here are the last 10 picks at No. 14:

2016: S Karl Joseph

2015: WR DeVante Parker

2014: CB Kyle Fuller

2013: DT Star Lotulelei

2012: DT Michael Brockers

2011: DT Robert Quinn

2010: S Earl Thomas

2009: S Malcolm Jenkins

2008: OL Chris Williams

2007: CB Darrelle Revis

Here are the last 10 picks at No. 15:

2016: WR Corey Coleman

2015: RB Melvin Gordon

2014: LB Ryan Shazier

2013: S Kenny Vaccaro

2012: OLB Bruce Irvin

2011: C Mike Pouncey

2010: DE Jason Pierre-Paul

2009: LB Brian Cushing

2008: OT Branden Albert

2007: LB Lawrence Timmons

The Eagles have had significantly more success picking in the top 20 than they've had picking in the bottom third of the first round in the last 10 years.

During that span, here's a look at their first-round picks 20-32: Nelson Agholor, Marcus Smith and Danny Watkins.

And here's 1-19: Carson Wentz, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Jeremy Maclin.

The Eagles have plenty of needs to fill with this year's first-round draft pick. Perhaps most pressing are needs at cornerback and wide receiver. This year is exceptionally deep at cornerback. It's less deep at receiver, but there likely will be a top target still available in the middle of the first round.

Jason Kelce ignoring trade rumors as he tries to work on himself

Jason Kelce ignoring trade rumors as he tries to work on himself

Jason Kelce is aware of the rumors and reports that have surrounded his name this offseason. 

As much as he might try to avoid them, the Eagles' veteran center does not, presumably, live under a rock. So he's heard for months about the possibility of his long run with the Eagles coming to a close. 

After all, the Eagles have stockpiled an abundance of interior offensive linemen who can play center, and trading Kelce would save the team $3.8 million in cap space. 

So it all makes sense, but Kelce is trying to keep it out of his mind. 

"I think you'll drive yourself crazy if you're reading too much into what's going on," he said on Tuesday as the Eagles kicked off their voluntary OTAs. "My whole offseason has just kind of been really the only thing I can control is my game and the way I play and what I've been doing. So I've just really tried to hit the weight room, work on technique, work on things to try to get my game back to where it used to be."

How is he able to put it out of his mind? 

"Because worrying about it doesn't do any good," he answered.

While the Eagles have Isaac Seumalo and Stefen Wisniewski ready to play center if necessary, head coach Doug Pederson said on Tuesday that Kelce is still "the guy." 

Kelce, 29, was named to his second career Pro Bowl team last season, which might be a surprise to those who watched the Eagles throughout the year. Kelce wasn't as bad as some people think, but he also probably wasn't a Pro Bowl-caliber player. 

He got off to a very slow start in 2016 but did seem to get better as the season went on.  

"I feel at times last year, there were times I was dominant and games where I didn't really do a great job," he said. "You go back and watch film and try to make the corrections, try to make sure that moving forward I'm the same player I was in the past."

Kelce attributed many of his problems early last season to lousy technique. He's been trying extra hard to work on that part of his game as well as in the weight room. 

Often characterized as undersized, he said weighed 295 pounds on Tuesday morning. That's also his listed weight on the Eagles' website. 

All last season, Kelce said he played in the 290s, which was heavier than he had been in a long time. His goal this offseason is to make it up to 300 pounds by training camp, and then he hopes to keep the weight on. 

"I would certainly think so," he said. "As you get older, it gets a little bit easier to put on the weight and hold it on. I think everybody kind of finds that out."

Perhaps the biggest reason for the Eagles to keep Kelce around this season is the development of quarterback Carson Wentz in his second year. Kelce, as his center, might be integral to Wentz's growth. Although Kelce said he doesn't think of it like that when asked if that relationship gives him an advantage over others.  

Kelce has been with the Eagles since 2011 when he was a sixth-round pick out of Cincinnati. He's played and started 78 games in six seasons. 

He admitted last season he needed to play better or he knew he would become expendable (see story). So the rumors and reports this season likely aren't a shock to him. 

He's still not going to pay attention to them. 

"The reality is, we always have guys coming in, coming out," he said. "Now we happen to have a lot of really good depth at interior line. But like I said, it doesn't do me any good worrying about the what-ifs. All I can control is what I can control and that's how I go out and play, how I go out and prepare and how I try to get back to the player I've been in the past." 

Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

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Hall of Fame defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

Cortez Kennedy, one of the best defensive linemen of his generation and a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee despite rarely finding himself in the spotlight as a player, has died. He was 48.

Police in Orlando, Florida, say the former Seattle Seahawks star was found dead Tuesday morning. Orlando Police Department public information officer Wanda Miglio said the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown but that there is nothing suspicious about his death. An investigation is being conducted.

"Cortez Kennedy has been a pillar of the Seahawks franchise since joining the team as a rookie in 1990," the Seahawks said in a statement. "Tez was the heart and soul of the Seahawks through the 1990s and endeared himself to 12s all across the Pacific Northwest as a player who played with a selfless and relentless approach to the game. ... We are proud to have been represented by such a special person."

A star who spent his entire 11-year NFL career in relative obscurity playing in Seattle, Kennedy became the second Seahawks player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012. He was an unmovable wall as a dominant defensive tackle, and a quiet, gentle soul away from the field never interested in finding himself in the spotlight.

"Cortez will be remembered not only for all his great achievements on the football field but how he handled himself off the field," Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker said. "He epitomized the many great values this game teaches which serves as inspiration to millions of fans."

Kennedy was the No. 3 overall pick in the 1990 draft out of Miami and Seattle smartly never let him leave. He brought notoriety to an otherwise dreadful period in Seahawks history as an eight-time Pro Bowler and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1992.

"Really sad to lose a guy like Cortez Kennedy," Broncos' general manager John Elway tweeted Tuesday. Elway was chased around by Kennedy twice a year for much of the 1990s as competitors in the AFC West. "A great personality, a great player and I enjoyed competing against him."

Even though he last played for the Seahawks in 2000, he remained a significant part of the organization. He was a mainstay around the team during training camp and would occasionally roll through the locker room during the regular season grabbing a few minutes with anyone -- players, coaches, media -- up for a chat.

Kennedy was scheduled to be in Seattle on Thursday as part of an event for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games.

"My heart hurts," current Seahawks offensive lineman Justin Britt tweeted. "We lost a truly great player but even better person."

Kennedy experienced only minimal team success in his career with the Seahawks. His 1992 season, when Kennedy was the league's defensive player of the year, was made even more remarkable by the fact that his 14 sacks, 27 tackles for loss and 92 tackles came for a team that went 2-14 and was among the worst ever offensively in a 16-game season.

What made Kennedy so difficult to stop was his low center of gravity, unexpected quickness and remarkable strength packaged in a 6-foot-1, 300-pound frame. If he was asked to hold the line on a running play, he would regularly eat up two or three potential blockers.

But he could also rush the passer up the middle, a rarity for an interior defensive lineman. While 1992 was his best individual season, Kennedy recorded at least six sacks in six of his 11 seasons.

"(One) of the most talented players I ever recruited or coached," tweeted Jimmy Johnson , one of Kennedy's coaches at Miami. "... A sad day."