Notre Dame OT Mike McGlinchey believes the Eagles would be “ideal” fit for him, seeing as he is from Philadelphia and grew up a fan of the team.
“That would be ideal for me, I would love to be drafted by the Eagles,” said McGlinchey, via Joseph Santoliquito of PhillyVoice. “I have no problems playing at home. I hear nothing but good things about the Eagles, how they treat their players. They’re a class organization. It’s like every kid’s dream to play for the team they rooted for as a kid.
“Philadelphia is my home. It’s where my family is,” said McGlinchey. “It’s where my girlfriend is. All my friends are in Philly, other than the ones I made at Notre Dame. Philly has always been my city, it’s been my home, I grew up an Eagles’ fan. It’s the team I rooted for before Matt got into the NFL. It would be a dream come true playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, just as it would be playing for anyone in the NFL. I’m trying not to pay any attention to all of the projections, but at the same time, you hear a lot about it.”
- Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Packers would likely have to trade up in round one to get either of the top-two inside linebacker prospects in this year’s draft — Georgia’s Roquan Smith and Virginia Tech’s Tremaine Edmunds.
- Based on the Draft Value Chart, Silverstein estimates that it would cost Green Bay a package of picks including No. 14, 76, 133 and 172 overall to move up from No. 14 to No. 9 overall with the 49ers.
- In the event that either Smith or Edmunds drops to the Dolphins at No. 11, Silverstein says that the Packers could possibly convince them to take No. 14 and No. 76 overall for No. 11.
- If the Packers wait until the later rounds to address the position, Silverstein mentions Wisconsin’s Jack Cichy as a potential fit, even though he’s coming off of a serious knee injury.
Rams COO Kevin Demoff explained at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference back in February that they allow their analytics department to lead their draft during the late rounds.
“One thing we’ve done, where we have changed the back part of our draft process, is we really let our analytics group lead us in the sixth round, seventh round, UDFA,” Demoff said, via the Boston Globe. “They run it all, basically.”
“Analytics can help the draft significantly, although it will always come down human beings and developing them,” Demoff added. “[The data] gives you a better chance.”