The Linc – “This is a draft class that could get the Eagles back into Super Bowl contention”

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Quinyon Mitchell’s ball production vaulted him into elite status among FBS cornerbacks. Perhaps more frightening for opposing offenses is that he actually dropped eight interceptions over the past two seasons, twice as many as any other cornerback in the nation. Mitchell has all of the ability to be one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Of course, Philadelphia wasn’t done there with their secondary. Iowa’s Cooper DeJean, the eighth-ranked player on PFF’s big board, fell to the second round and the Eagles traded up to snatch an incredible value. DeJean will be a smooth, yet athletic, presence wherever Vic Fangio chooses to deploy him. He posted a 91.1 coverage grade at Iowa over the past two seasons, tied for ninth in the FBS. He allowed just a 45.0 passer rating into his coverage in that span, and his elite tackling ability gives him the potential to start in the slot for the Eagles, which is a desperate need. Philadelphia ranked last in the NFL, by a wide margin, in slot coverage grade (31.9) last season. Further emphasizing their need for pass defense improvement were the selections of edge defender Jalyx Hunt and linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. Hunt, a converted safety, posted a 90.2 pass-rush grade for FCS-level Houston Christian last season. He should be in the mix for a situational pass-rush role. Trotter, whose name is very familiar to Eagles fans, is an absolute steal in the fifth round. He is a tad thin, but his play says otherwise. He ranked inside the top five among FBS linebackers in overall grade and coverage grade over the past two years. He could immediately help a linebacker group that posted a below-average 56.1 coverage grade last season. Philadelphia also picked up several intriguing offensive weapons, including running back Will Shipley and wide receivers Ainias Smith and Johnny Wilson. It was especially shocking to see Wilson fall to them in the sixth round. This is a draft class that could get the Eagles back into Super Bowl contention.

Eagles Rookie Review: Nolan Smith must provide more value in Year 2 – BGN
It’s only been one year, but I feel like I was right to be skeptical of Smith as a pass rusher. I said he would take a few years to develop, and I hope that is still the case because he looked incredibly raw as a pass rusher this year. If you look back at his sacks and pressures, they were often unblocked, and I didn’t see a variety of pass-rush moves. He struggled to counter against good offensive linemen, and I didn’t see any classic ‘bend the edge’ type of rushes you want to see from a 1st round pick.

Eagles QB Kenny Pickett on his mindset, preparation, and the move to Philly: ‘Change is a great thing’ – Inquirer
Kenny Pickett is embracing his move from one end of Pennsylvania to the other.Pickett, the Eagles’ backup quarterback acquired via trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers in March, spoke Monday night during the Champion Mindset Symposium at Shore Regional High School in Monmouth County. He fielded questions from the 270-person crowd about his mindset, work ethic, and, most prominently, change. “Change is a great thing,” said Pickett, the 20th pick in the first round of the 2022 draft after five years at the University of Pittsburgh. “I’m going through it right now. I was in Pittsburgh for seven years and now I’m over in Philadelphia. … I think a lot of people probably have some negative views on change, but that’s really just your outlook on it. I think if you keep a positive mindset, it’ll all work out for the better.”

Cowboys QB intrigue will dominate 2024 training camp – Blogging The Boys
At every level, the quarterback position brings plenty to talk about over the next two months. We know Dak Prescott will be the starter this season, but beyond that is the great unknown. Trey Lance is the biggest name that Dallas has acquired at quarterback, at least in terms of draft hype, since Troy Aikman. But his fall from grace in San Francisco means there’s no guarantee that he’s the future here, or even the best option to be Prescott’s backup in the present. These uncertainties will make every camp report and preseason snap for the Cowboys’ passers attention-grabbers in the weeks ahead.

‘Hard Knocks’ episode 2, takeaways: Getting comfortable with Malik Nabers – Big Blue View
Schoen then closes with a statement that made it sound like he was relatively sure Barkley would be moving on: “I think it’s the right thing to do. I love you, man. I appreciate everything you did for the organization the two years I was here. I’m not saying we’re not going to get something done, but I think it’s right that if for some reason it doesn’t work out that you know that the organization thinks the world of you. Hopefully, you go out there, you see the market, you say, you know what, I want to be here and you give us a shout back.”

Execs, coaches, scouts rank the NFL’s top 10 edge rushers for 2024 – ESPN+
Haason Reddick, New York Jets: Reddick closed out his seventh NFL season with 11 sacks, 38 tackles, 5.5 stuffs and one forced fumble. “He was still really good last year, probably the most consistent starter on the Eagles defense. The numbers weren’t as gaudy as they were the previous season, but he was an aggressive edge rusher who teams had to account for all four quarters,” an NFC personnel evaluator said.

Jaguars coach Doug Pederson: Late-season collapse ‘a motivating factor’ for 2024 – NFL.com
“It’s going to burn for a long time until we get to meaningful games again and start playing in September,” Pederson said during a Wednesday appearance on NFL Network’s The Insiders. “But I think that’s the same fuel and the motivating factor for our players that the way we ended is not us and no matter what you go through as a football team, everybody goes through adversity. There’s always going to be injuries but you can’t make excuses. You got to go play football. So for us, we got to learn from that, roll up our sleeves during training camp, work hard, and just play it one game at a time.”

7 NFL hot takes on Steelers, Colts, Panthers, Vikings before 2024 season begins – SB Nation
The Green Bay Packers finish with the best offense in the NFL. The Packers finished last season in a flourish, throttling Dallas on the road in the playoffs and taking the San Francisco 49ers to the limit in the Bay area. This was largely on the backs of growth out of their young QB Jordan Love and the emergence of a receiver group that is more committee than with one star. Add in head coach Matt LaFleur designing an incredible offense and you have the perfect mixture for a team that’s ready to tear up the league in 2024. With Love’s growth continuing as well as the maturation of the young skill position group, the Packers can be the best offense in the NFL in 2024.

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Title: The Linc – “This is a draft class that could get the Eagles back into Super Bowl contention”
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