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April 30, 2015 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
CRITIQUING and analyzing previous drafts is hardly fair. But it is a lot of fun. Doesn't matter whether it's examining Sam Bowie going ahead of Michael Jordan or wondering about Mike Ricci being picked before Jaromir Jagr, no optometrist could argue with the 20/20 hindsight of such exercises. Anybody who's ever been in a fantasy league knows the sensation of pulling a draft-day gaffe. It's like a hammer to the thumb. So let's look at the 2014 All-Pro teams and where those players were selected.
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April 30, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jaelen Strong will shake NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's hand whenever he is picked in the draft this week, and a national audience will learn about one of the top receivers in this year's crop. What viewers won't see is his mother's name tattooed on the Arizona State star's back, his father's name tattooed above his heart, and the Philadelphia skyline tattooed on his biceps. Each one helps explain how he reached this point, but it's fitting that they'll be concealed. The Mount Airy native takes pride in his stoicism, and understanding Strong requires one to look beyond the surface.
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April 28, 2015 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
IBRAHEIM CAMPBELL'S competitive edge was honed early on a Mount Airy basketball court. He was that pesky little tag-along with his older brothers and their friends, playing pickup games and roughhouse. Always getting knocked on his butt, and eventually crying his way home. "It is funny, my parents and my brothers would probably describe me as a crybaby up until my middle school years. I was more a crybaby than I was a tough guy then," Campbell says now, laughing. But he kept coming back.
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April 28, 2015 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
LIKE ANY PLAYER on a high school football field, Rasheed Bailey used to harbor those big thoughts. He'd catch himself daydreaming about playing in large, loud college football stadiums at Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Notre Dame. Then the bubble would burst, reality would seep in and he'd look around to find no one knocking. Bailey played for Roxborough High School, in the tough-and-tumble Philadelphia Public League on Friday afternoons. As a tight end. In a Wing-T offense that primarily ran the ball.
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April 27, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, For the Daily News
THIS PAST WEEK, people have stopped me as usual, but not to talk about the mayor's race or the Affordable Care Act, but to ask me, "Is Chip Kelly crazy?" These fans are referring to the news that the Eagles signed Tim Tebow to compete for the third-string quarterback slot. For more than 2 years, the so-called experts have concluded that Tebow cannot be a winning NFL quarterback, saying he can't make coverage reads and isn't an accurate enough passer. I always found this conclusion to be somewhat curious, considering that in four seasons at college, playing in big-time games for Florida, he completed 66.4 percent of his passes, threw 88 touchdowns and had only 16 interceptions.
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April 24, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
SAFETY What they have: Not enough. This is the biggest area of need heading into the draft. Malcolm Jenkins was a great signing last offseason, but Nate Allen was still Nate Allen, and now he plays for the Raiders. There was no real good free-agent safety on the market this year, after Devin McCourty, who would have been an Eagles target, re-upped with the Patriots. If a starter doesn't emerge from the draft, or in the roster cuts between now and the season, we're looking at Earl Wolff, whose lingering knee problems completely stalled his progress last season, or December signee Chris Couplin, who was cut by the Lions and the Bills last season.
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April 24, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JOBS THAT didn't exist 40 years ago, or if they did, hardly anyone knew it: Barista. Social media coordinator. Yoga instructor. NFL draft expert. That last one was pretty much invented by one big-haired guy in the early 1980s, in terms of the general public's consciousness, anyway, and for a while, his was a lonely, relatively thankless existence. "Who the hell is Mel Kiper?" then-Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Tobin famously thundered during the 1994 draft, after hearing ESPN's draft expert question his selection of linebacker Trev Alberts fifth overall, over quarterback Trent Dilfer.
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April 24, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A federal judge in Philadelphia granted final approval Wednesday to a class-action settlement worth an estimated $765 million between the NFL and thousands of former players over the long-term effects of repeated concussions. The deal, endorsed by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in a 132-page opinion, marked a significant step toward ending what has been one of the most protracted and publicly debated legal fights in the history of the league. Most notable, the settlement would not require the NFL to address allegations that have dogged it for years that top executives hid their knowledge on the risks and long-term complications of concussions from players.
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April 22, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
There's a reason that a quarterback who wins the Heisman Trophy and is part of two national championship teams drifts to the end of the first round in the NFL draft. It would have nothing to do with his upbringing or his religion or his vow to remain chaste until marriage. As long as a quarterback is able to penetrate the end zone on a regular basis, NFL general managers and coaches don't care what he chooses to do with his free time. Tim Tebow was still around for the Denver Broncos to take him with the 25th pick of the 2010 draft because NFL teams are preternaturally hesitant to try anything different - and Tebow certainly qualified there.
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April 21, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zach Ertz's quest for greatness led him to three of the NFL's all-time best as mentors this offseason. But his search for one wouldn't have happened had he not met Ronnie Lott. A mutual friend brought Lott to dinner one day in January. Ertz, of course, knew of the former 49ers defensive back. He grew up in the San Francisco area and attended Stanford, but he had never met arguably the best safety of all time. Lott also knew of Ertz. He was familiar with the Eagles tight end and his promising first two seasons, but also that something was missing.
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