NFC East Notes: Locker, Bryant, Eagles

Reuben Frank and Geoff Mosher of looked at Jake Locker as a free agent possibility for the Eagles. Mosher sees him as someone who could be a viable backup to Nick Foles or Marcus Mariota (if Philly can land him somehow) but would prefer keeping Mark Sanchez instead. Frank, meanwhile, isn’t impressed by Locker and writes that he has yet to do anything notable as a passer. More from the NFC East..

  • Cowboys Executive Vice President/COO told Ed Werder of (on Twitter) that the team is “at peace and content” with the decision to franchise tag Dez Bryant, if necessary. If tagged, Bryant will earn a salary of ~$13MM rather than starting the lucrative, long-term pact he was hoping for.
  • Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News took an educated guess at what the Cowboys will do with their pick at No. 27. Machota says Dallas should take the best edge rusher available, but Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, Dante Fowler, Vic Beasley, and Bud Dupree will likely all be gone by the time they pick. The next best thing, he writes, could be UCLA’s Owamagbe Odighizuwa.
  • Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News writes that converted wide receiver Nate Orchard could be the Cowboys‘ answer at defensive end. At 6’3″, 250 (his measurements at the combine), Orchard is a tweener and maybe better suited as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme than an end in a 4-3. However, the Tampa 2 scheme that Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli favors relies heavier on speed than size.
  • Rich Tandler of looked at some players that Washington could target in the second round of this year’s draft. In no particular order, Tander highlights Missouri wide receiver Dorian Green-Beckham, Oklahoma defensive tackle Jordan Phillips, and Ole Miss safety Cody Prewitt.
  • The Eagles have selected 15 players in two drafts under Chip Kelly and there really hasn’t been a single player who came to Philadelphia with true character questions, Sheil Kapadia of Philadelphia Magazine writes. It’s possible that Kelly can roll the dice of guys with character questions now that he has established the culture he wants, but Kapadia doesn’t see him going that route.
  • Washington won’t find a ton of quality safety options in the draft, John Keim of writes.
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