Eagles to pick at 14

Eagles to pick at 14

With the Eagles season finally being put out of misery, we can start to look ahead to getting healthy and retooling.  Yahoo lists the likely draft order:

Unofficially here is how the top twenty sits for next April's draft:

1 Houston 2-14 0
2 New Orleans 3-13
3 Tennessee 4-12
4 N.Y. Jets 4 12
5 Green Bay 4 12
6 San Francisco 4 12
7 Oakland 4 12
8 Buffalo 5 11
9 Detroit 5 11
10 Arizona 5 11
11 St. Louis 5 10
12 Cleveland 6 10
13 Baltimore 6 10
14 Philadelphia 6 10

The Eagles have a lot of needs to be filled, but ESPN takes a look at some of the players who they project will be around the 14th pick.  The Eagles will likely employ the "best player available" strategy rather than drafting for a position.  The Eagles website talks about Boston College great Mathias Kiwanuka as a possibility.  A breakdown of some of the players projected to be around 14th after the jump.

A look at Mel Kiper's big board for picks around 14:

12. Derek Hagan, WR, Arizona State (6-1½, 203) | previous rank: 13
A precise route-runner who will come into the NFL in 2006 with a great understanding of what is expected to be an immediate contributor.

13. Mathias Kiwanuka, DE, Boston College (6-5½, 260) | previous rank: 8
Came back from an injury against Virginia earlier this season. A tremendous talent who needs to polish his pass-rushing skills.

14. Claude Wroten, DT, LSU (6-2, 293) | previous rank: 17
Solid and reliable, Wroten has given LSU consistent play throughout the season.

15. Thomas Howard, LB, UTEP (6-2½, 233) | previous rank: 14
Has come a long way since his days as a walk-on defensive back. UTEP's best defensive player, Howard is a gifted athlete with 4.4 speed who covers the field from sideline to sideline.

16. Sinorice Moss, WR, Miami (5-8½ 183) | previous rank: 15
Can turn a short completion into a coast-to-coast TD. Not great size, but Moss has great speed and should excel at the next level.

Scouts, Inc. list of possible picks at 14:

12. Vernon Davis Jr. TE Maryland
13. Michael Huff Sr. DE Texas
14. Mathias Kiwanuka Sr. DE B.C.
15. Haloti Ngata Jr. DT Oregon
16. Tambi Hali Sr. DE Penn St

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.