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May 3, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
LET'S CONSIDER, "What if?" As in, "What if the Eagles stood pat for the 2016 draft? What if they never made the two big trades and simply drafted 13th?" And, so: A retro mock draft. It's impossible to completely put the horse back in the barn. The team's salary structure was altered the day it began delousing itself of the Chip Kelly era, trading Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, DeMarco Murray and Mark Sanchez for picks. Its needs changed, too, some of which were filled before the draft; Sanchez and Maxwell, for instance.
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May 2, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles of old never would have selected three prospects with the red flags Wendell Smallwood, Jalen Mills, and Alex McCalister wore like scarlet letters entering the draft. Forget even the recent history of Chip Kelly, who would have had players with checkered pasts involving arrests, suspensions, and social-media foibles removed from his board predraft. The Andy Reid-Joe Banner-Howie Roseman Eagles had a protocol as strict when it came to evaluating prospects. They took some risks, but they were mostly rolls of the dice based on personality (e.g., DeSean Jackson)
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May 2, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Wendell Smallwood grew up an Eagles fan 30 minutes away from the stadium, in Wilmington, idolizing Duce Staley. But on the day Smallwood, a running back from West Virginia, was drafted by his favorite team to be coached by his favorite player, the Eagles also needed to answer for concerns about Smallwood's character. Before Howie Roseman gushed about the Big 12's reigning rushing leader, he first explained that the Eagles "feel this is a good kid" whom they are "very comfortable bringing in here.
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May 2, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles, through their long and somewhat tortured history, have been familiar with strange situations at the quarterback position. It is that spot on the football depth chart where otherwise reliable decision-makers - including coaches, team executives, and the players themselves - come up with some head-scratching stuff, and never more than when a team is about to switch from one savior to the next. Just recently, the handoff from Michael Vick to Nick Foles was messy; as was the one from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Kolb; and, reaching further back, who else but Buddy Ryan could have used three quarterbacks in the same series (Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham, and Matt Cavanaugh in 1986)
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May 2, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Carson Wentz First round, second overall Position: QB   College: North Dakota St.    Height: 6-5   Weight: 237    Outlook: Wentz is the potential franchise quarterback that the organization craved and paid a steep price to acquire. Look for Wentz to sit behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, but when he's ready, he'll be the starter and the team's marquee player. Isaac Seumalo Third round, 79th overall Position: OL   College: Oregon St.    Height: 6-4   Weight: 303    Outlook: The Eagles think Seumalo can play five positions on the offensive line.
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
AN HOUR OR SO after being drafted second overall by the Eagles on Thursday night, Carson Wentz was joking with reporters about sleeping on an air mattress in the living room of a Fargo, N.D., house he shares with five roommates and their three dogs. Wentz's life is changing in a hurry. He has talked about not being overwhelmed by going from Fargo to Philly, from quarterbacking in the Football Championship Subdivision to the NFL. But these early months as the franchise's savior-in-waiting will be chaotic, disorienting.
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May 2, 2016 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, STAFF WRITERS
Doug Pederson said that Sam Bradford's absence could potentially affect his training with the Eagles and his standing as the starting quarterback. "Anybody that's not in any of the 32 offseason programs is losing valuable time," Pederson said Saturday after the completion of the NFL draft. Bradford requested to be traded last week several days after the Eagles traded up for the No. 2 draft pick, which the team eventually used to pick quarterback Carson Wentz. He has since stayed away from the voluntary offseason program.
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May 1, 2016 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Carson Wentz admitted to being antsy. It was his first day at his new job and he wanted the playbook. While the Eagles' projected starter, Sam Bradford, holds out for seemingly more job security, you wonder if his projected replacement will be able to hold out until the team stages its minicamp for rookies in two weeks. Asked what he'd be doing now that he had navigated his way through the long draft process that led to his second overall selection by the Eagles on Thursday night, Wentz did not hesitate with an answer.
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May 1, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, DAILY NEWS COLUMNIST
THE EAGLES haven't given Carson Wentz a playbook yet, and it's driving him nuts. "I've been watching film and I don't even know exactly what to watch for," he said. "So I'm fired up to get a playbook and dive right in. " Wentz is an eager, impatient learner. He can't wait to get the playbook, can't wait to absorb it, can't wait to get on the field for the team's May 13-15 rookie minicamp, and, yes, can't wait for the day down the road when he'll be team's starting quarterback.
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May 1, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
We knew the Eagles would make their offensive line a focal point this weekend, after not drafting anyone there the past two years, and sure enough they did, using their only Friday selection on versatile Oregon State guard-center Isaac Seumalo. Seumalo, 6-5, 298, has played four of the five o-line positions for the Beavers. Both his father, Joe, and his brother, Andrew, have coached at OSU, where Andrew played defensive tackle. Several more heralded players were available when the Eagles made their only pick between Carson Wentz, the quarterback they took second overall Thursday, and Saturday's fifth round.
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