EaglesFanCast 83 – NFL Eagles Draft 2010, Part 1

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Tommy Lawlor of Scouts Notebook, Eagles Blitz and PhiladelphiaEagles.com joins us for our annual Post-Draft show. With Tommy’s extensive insight, we break down how the Eagles Draft went down, how the new players fit in the system, the work the organization still has to do, and much more.

What we discussed:

  • The NFL 2010 Draft had great ratings and that probably means the new format will stay
  • DE Brandon Graham from Michigan was the Eagles first pick, and they aggressively went for him
  • S Nate Allen from USF was the second pick
  • LB Keenan Clayton from Oklahoma (4th round) might have real potential on this team
  • DE Ricky Sapp from Clemson was chosen in the 5th round and some are seeing him as a steal
  • Eagles picked a number of smart players in this Draft
  • RB Charles Scott from LSU is someone Tommy is happy about the Eagles picking
  • QB Mike Kafka from Northwestern was the Eagles 6th pick overall. He didn’t play a whole lot in college, but is talented.
  • S Kurt Coleman from Ohio State is a player that is starter material in a few short years
  • CB Trevard Lindley from Kentucky

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EaglesFanCast 82 – NFL Eagles Pre-Draft 2010

The Philadelphia Eagles are just over a week away from the 2010 NFL Draft.  This week’s show is all about that, of course.  We welcome Tommy Lawlor back to EFC for the third year of this tradition.  Eagles fans know Tommy from Eagles Blitz, his Draft expertise for years on Scouts Notebook, and of course from his work on PhiladelphiaEagles.com.  Tommy always brings a huge amount of player and team insight to us this time of year, and he didn’t disappoint in the least.

We open the show with Tommy offering his opinions on the McNabb trade, then we hit the ground running. This year’s Draft is a very deep one, and we expect the Eagles to use their picks to move.  One concern, though, is that the Eagles have enough holes on their roster for them to legitimately use all of the picks they have.  What about moving around? It is always a possibility, but Tommy does not think that the Eagles try to deal Michael Vick, because he does not believe that any teams would be willing to give much for him in this Draft.

Without question, the Eagles needs this year are: cornerback, safety and linebacker.  We are pretty much all in agreement that they take a cornerback as their first pick.

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The Best Roster In The League!

“I feel this year we have the best roster in the league” said Joe Banner on July 26th 2009. As we now know, that roster didn’t fulfill its potential to win a Super Bowl. It didn’t even come close. Does getting rid of ten players back up Banner’s previous assessment or blow it out of the water? Well, when you consider that he also claimed to have the best roster in 2003, 2004 and again in 2008 I’d lean heavily towards the latter.

And so we say goodbye to released team-mates Will Witherspoon, Brian Westbrook, Shawn Andrews, Kevin Curtis and Darren Howard, plus the recently traded Reggie Brown, Chris Clemons, Sheldon Brown, Chris Gocong and Donovan McNabb. That’s a massive exodus of veteran personnel including, of course, the franchise Quarterback.

What does this mean for the coming season? Well, for one thing we’re likely to have the youngest group of players in the NFL. As far as I can see only David Akers, Sav Rocca, Juqua Parker and Jeremiah Trotter are over the age of thirty in a league where experience means a huge amount.

When Andy Reid was asked last week who his offensive leaders were he answered, “That’s a good question because Kevin becomes one of them. One of the things I’ve mentioned is that I think he’s a good leader. I think we have some tremendous leaders up front. DeSean Jackson has turned into a kid that has shown leadership ability. Brent Celek is one of our primary leaders.”

These are all young guys with a lot on their shoulders already, how much can they reasonably take on and still play at their best? Reid refers to DeSean Jackson as a “kid” which says it all. No matter how talented, these guys are barely more than rookies.

The successful returns of Jamaal Jackson and Stacy Andrews will be a big boost to the organization, but the Draft is where Andy Reid is undoubtedly focusing. With eleven picks to play with including five in the first 87 overall, we have some serious bargaining power.

I’m really looking forward to the Draft this year. With the revamped format, eleven picks and Andy Reid calling the shots it should be quite spectacular for the watching Eagles fans. There are some big gaps to fill, such as cornerback, but Reid has shown time and time again that he’s good at this side of the job and I’ll be relaxing with popcorn on hand and Twitter fired up!

I’m quite excited by this rebuilding process and for me, the Eagles ARE rebuilding even though no one at NovaCare will admit it. It may be a year or two until we make the playoffs again, but this team growing up together could eventually lead us to that elusive Super Bowl title that we all crave so much.

Just one thing though. If Joe Banner claims again this year that we have the best roster in the league, I’ll know for sure that his rose-tinted glasses are superglued to his face!

Cheers from the UK and GO BIRDS!

EaglesFanCast 81 – A New Era

Well every Philadelphia Eagles fan worth their salt knows what we talked about this week.  It was the epic trade of our Quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Division rival, Washington Redskins.  We discuss what the move means to the team, to the coaches, to McNabb, to our new starting Quarterback Kevin Kolb, and hit on many other topics relating to the team, the Spring Cleaning that has been going on, and the upcoming NFL Draft.

What we discussed:

  • Donovan McNabb ends his career with the Philadelphia Eagles and starts his new chapter as a Washington Redskin
  • Do the Redskins really get that much better? Yes, but how much overall?
  • Eagles have 11 picks in this year’s NFL Draft
  • This team is a very young team now
  • If Kevin Kolb excels, there are a ton of Offensive weapons at his disposal
  • Defense is a big concern now
  • Why such a huge Spring Cleaning this year?

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