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Looking way far ahead

We were besieged with mock drafts from all sorts of outlets in the days leading up to the NFL draft. Apparently, the philosophy of some is it's never too early.

Looking way far ahead

We were besieged with mock drafts from all sorts of outlets in the days leading up to the NFL draft. Apparently, the philosophy of some is it's never too early.

ESPN's Todd McShay has posted his 2010 first-round mock draft already. What is notable about it is that McShay has the Eagles selecting with the 31st pick, meaning he has them reaching the Super Bowl and losing. He has New England winning it all.

As for his projected selection, McShay has the Eagles taking Mississippi defensive end Greg Hardy. He is 6-4, 265 and had 18.5 sacks in the past two seasons despite missing four games last season with a foot injury. He recorded eight sacks in nine games as a junior and was a third-team All-American. He missed spring practice because of foot surgery but should be ready in the fall.

For a differing view, NFLdraftsite.com via CBSSports.com has the Eagles with the 21st pick and selecting Oklahoma defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger, who is 6-2 and 302 pounds. (They have Hardy going 15th, by the way).

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The city of Harrisburg will honor native son LeSean McCoy today with a ceremony today in the Cabinet Room of the mayor's office, according to the Patriot-News. McCoy, the Eagles' second-round draft pick, attended Bishop McDevitt High, the same high school the produced Ricky Watters.

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Praise continues to roll in for the Eagles' draft and offseason overall. This from Pro Football Weekly, quoting scouts, coaches and front-office personnel: “When you look at what Philadelphia did in this draft, you got to be impressed. To come away with one of the best left tackles in the league (Jason Peters) alone would have been a win. But give the quarterback that much help — to get a left tackle, elite receiver (Jeremy Maclin) and a running back (LeSean McCoy). They did a helluva job.”

And on the other hand, this about the Redskins: “The Redskins really needed to come away with an offensive tackle, a defensive end and a quarterback after how they screwed up the QB situation. I’m surprised the owner did not get it done. He was willing to trade his first-round pick next year. He could have gotten up to No. 3 or No. 4 — there was not much activity there. I think it was a miscalculation. (Owner) Dan Snyder needs a bailout package.”

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