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

Watch Merrill Reese get totally animated while calling 98-yard TD return


Watch Merrill Reese get totally animated while calling 98-yard TD return

Eagles fans everywhere always want to hear what radio voice Merrill Reese has to say when the Birds come up with a huge play, but did you ever want to see him make the call?

Reese gets incredibly animated, stand up, using hand gestures, etc.

He's just like a regular old Eagles fan sitting up top in the second level.

[hat tip to Rawle]

Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil: Ben Simmons 'will be back this season'

Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil: Ben Simmons 'will be back this season'

The 2016-17 NBA season is underway, and Ben Simmons will play in it, Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said on TCN's Breakfast on Broad

Simmons, the first overall pick in the 2016 draft, suffered an acute Jones fracture in his right foot during the final scrimmage of training camp. He underwent surgery on Oct. 4 and recently had the sutures removed. 

“Injuries happen, as we saw with Simmons, who fortunately will be back this season, which is terrific news,” O’Neil said Wednesday morning. 

There had been speculation as to whether Simmons' agent Rich Paul would let him play this season. O’Neil shrugged off that chatter.

“No, it’s not true,” O’Neal said. “Yeah, he’ll be back.”

While no timeline has been announced, Simmons is expected to be sidelined for three months. Last week Brett Brown said, "Ben is coming back in January”. Brown later clarified, “I did mention a January hopeful return, and that was premature. That was a coach doing a lot more wishing than receiving instruction.” 

Simmons has been with the Sixers for his rehab process. They plan to implement a multi-faceted recovery of education, health and improving his shot.

Simmons averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists his freshman (and only) year at LSU.