Matt Alkire has an interesting item for you to check out concerning CB Richard Marshall.
I posted some draft thoughts on PE.com.
MORE ON DONNIE MAC
I will vote for McNabb to go to the Pro Bowl. I encourage you to do so as well. We need him in there to get the 3rd round pick next year. The conditions are simple, per Adam Schefter:
1. McNabb goes to the Pro Bowl2. McNabb plays 70 percent of the snaps in Washington and the Redskins win at least nine games.
Option 2 will not happen. I repeat, it will not happen. The minute they get to 8 wins I call a certain phone number and say "We have tangos in the wire. Go to Emergency Plan Bravo...now." Certain people report to the Redskins training facility and begin making "adjustments". Do not be surprised if the entire offensive line dies in a bizarre gardening accident.
As far as what going to the Pro Bowl means...that is a great question. I'm going to assume it means that he gets voted in. I'm not sure if being an alternate that plays in the game because others dropped out is good enough. I'll look into that.
A couple of people wondered about what Mike Shanahan can do for McNabb. Could this be Elway, part 2? No, I sure don't think so. John Elway carried multiple Broncos teams on his back to the Super Bowl. That group was not littered with elite players. He didn't have gifted runners or receivers. Elway was so special that he willed them to the Super Bowl. The NFC got the better of him, but those were some good teams that Elway lost to. When is the last time that McNabb put the Eagles on his back and led them to a big win in the playoffs? Long time ago. Elway was better prior to his SB wins than McNabb is at this point. Donovan probably has better numbers, but a lot of that is due to the rules changes that have really opened up the passing game.
I think Mike and McNabb will work well together and have some success, but expecting Washington to immediately become a SB contender might be a bit much. Remember that those Broncos teams had multiple HOF type players (Sharpe, Zimmerman, TD, Elway). Some people believe WR Rod Smith to be a HOFer. Does McNabb have a stud LT, RB, TE, and WR in Washington? No. Not yet, anyway. If they make some big moves we'll re-visit the topic.
One anecdotal note...I think this notion of Donovan hatred in Philly gets over-played. I could be wrong, but go to The Linc and tell me how many #5 jerseys you see. Listen to the cheers for McNabb. He absoutely has his share of detractors, but I think a majority of Eagles fans love McNabb for everything he's done for us in the last 11 years. There is a real vocal minority that definitely has it out for him.
Did the Eagles play their cards right? Impossible question. What was the exact goal? To get max value? To get the deal done in early April? To appease Donovan as much as possible? This really was a complex scenario because of who was involved and the circumstances. If Donovan was signed for a few years that would have changed things. If there were more decent teams in need of a QB that would have helped. If this didn't take place under the pressure of the Philly media that would have made life easier. Honestly, I'm just glad it is done. I'm ready to focus on Kolb and the future.
RE: Macho Harris
I think he has no shot at RCB. I do think he has a legit chance to be the slot corner. MmmBop didn't play well down the stretch. He has to fight for his job. Macho Man was outstanding against Atlanta in the slot and deserves a chance to play there if he's not in the lead at FS. It seems like we'd prefer him to be a backup this year.
RE: Sheldon trade
I said this before. Think of the deal as Sheldon for a 4th & 5th and Gocong for Hall straight up. The compensation isn't ideal, but you have to consider some factors. Gocong was a RFA. He wasn't an ideal fit for us anymore. You can say we traded a starting LB, but he wasn't projected to start in 2010 and that is what made him expendable. Sheldon wanted his deal adjusted. That wasn't going to happen here.
RE: mid-round OL targets
I've been working on this list. I'll save this for another day when I can address it more in-depth. Any surprise draft positions that my be targeted??? RB. I'm not sure how many people that will surprise. McCoy is young. Bell signed a 1-year deal. We love Leonard Part 6, but think of him as a FB first and foremost. DT could be an early target, but I'm not sure if that would surprise anyone.
RE: Morgan Burnett vs Nate Allen
I think Nate is absolutely the better prospect. He is a complete player. Burnett is a ball-hawk, but his tackling is very sloppy. He is not an aggressive run defender and that bugs me. We'll see if the Eagles agree or if they like Morgan for his ball skills.
RE: "do you ever think you've been 'played' by various interests to disseminate a rumor via your site here? "
Highly doubtful. You give me too much credit. I get various bits of info and piece them together, sharing what I can and sitting on other stuff. I only report info that I feel is credible. I have gotten a few things wrong, but I trusted the info that was given to me. Teams use network info guys to leak reports. Agents do the same thing. I'm certainly open to being used. Anyone have a fake report they want passed around?
RE: big backs
Gerhart I like a lot, but he won't last past our early 3rd rounder. Dwyer doesn't seem like an ideal fit. I'm not sure I really want him. Scott is a late round guy that would be good value.
RE: pre-draft visits
I'll post about this subject soon enough. That deserves a whole post.