PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) — Who higher to kick off the ultimate day of the NFL Draft in Philadelphia than three of the town’s largest soccer idols.
Saturday started with an introduction from former Eagles cornerback Troy Vincent, now in control of the NFL’s soccer operations, former operating again Brian Westbrook and former star security Brian Dawkins.
Westbook took no time in any respect in firing up Eagles followers, by daring anybody representing the Cowboys to face in entrance of the large crowd.
“If anyone from Dallas steps to this podium in my metropolis, we’re going to give them a real Philadelphia welcome,” Westbrook promised in response to former Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson taunting the followers when saying a Dallas decide on Friday night time.
Dawkins adopted that up by telling Eagles followers to be pleased with themselves for what they’re representing.
“You’ve gotten set the bar of what the Draft is meant to be like. That’s the way you do it. That’s how we do it,” Dawkins stated. “Let the haters hate. Be you.”
Dawkins then led the gang an impromptu rendition of “Fly Eagles Fly.”
As soon as the mantra of E-A-G-L-E-S ended, the Draft obtained underway and the Eagles went to work.
With the primary of two fourth-spherical picks the Eagles chosen vast receiver Mack Hollins. In 2015, Hollins had 711 receiving yards and eight touchdowns and averaged 24.eight yards per catch. He missed the complete 2016 season with a damaged collarbone.
Then the group acquired its operating again, taking Donnel Pumphrey of San Diego State. Pumphrey looks like a terrific match for the Eagles as a result of he has comparable expertise to versatile Darren Sproles, quickly to show 34. The 5-foot-9 Pumphrey led FBS in dashing with 2,133 yards and in addition scored 17 TDs, and he can catch, too. He left school because the FBS profession chief in dashing yards.
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