2013 Essentials: Eagles Draft Picks, Opponents

Now that we’re in the New Year, a couple notes to keep in mind for the months ahead.

First, the draft. The Eagles have the fourth pick in the first round, behind the Chiefs (1), Jaguars (2) and Raiders (3). They get the 35th overall pick (second round) and the 66th pick (third round). According to the team’s Web site, the Eagles have their own selections in the fourth and fifth rounds. They have one sixth-round pick (from the Broncos in the Brodrick Bunkley trade) and two seventh-rounders (their own, and one from Cleveland in the David Sims deal).

The Senior Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 26 in Mobile, Alabama. The NFL combine is Feb. 20 in Indianapolis. Birds 24/7 will be on location at both events.

Free agency begins March 12 at 4 p.m.

And while the schedule won’t be announced for a few months, we do know the team’s opponents. In addition to the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins, the Eagles will host the Bears, Lions, Chiefs, Chargers and Cardinals.

On the road, they’ll take on the Packers, Vikings, Broncos, Raiders and Bucs (in addition to the NFC East opponents).

As others have noted, if Andy Reid does in fact go to Arizona, he’ll be at the Linc for a game next season. Just four of the team’s 13 opponents (the Redskins, Packers, Vikings and Broncos) made the postseason this year.

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  • Greg Zimmerman

    Another benefit of a bad season is an easy schedule the next year. Playing the Lions, Cardinals, Chiefs, Raiders, and Chargers will give the team an edge going into the season. Still have to win the games, though.

    • Brian

      Of course, our 2012 schedule looked pretty easy in August too. Sometimes it doesn’t matter who you play…

  • Hitower85

    Only the Cardinals and Bucs games were determined by record. The rest of the opponents (NFC North & AFC West) we would have played either way.

  • Bob Brewer

    I swear the AFC West rotation changed. The Eagles hosted KC and visited Oakland in 2009. The Eagles should be at KC and home to Oakland in 2013, but I have seen several places listing the reverse.

    Plus, while the schedule is easier, the road rotation for the Eagles (Packers/Vikings/Broncos) is worse than for the Cowboys and Giants. Going to be tough next year.

    • Bob A

      True, but with any kind of coach the Eagles should have a great home record.

    • borntosuffer

      Yea, I was at the 2009 Oakland game in Oakland. Not sure why it wouldn’t switch.

      • Bob Brewer

        Sorry you had to suffer through that. Ugh.

  • Good, a trip to Tampa Bay is always nice. Going out to San Diego would have been exceptional. If Andy ends up with Arizona that’s a nice trip for golfing and a game weekend excursion. .

  • johngiam

    Just get me Star LaTULULEI, Matt Elam, Chase THomas, and trade a player to aquire a draft pick that will net us Justin Hunter…Jarius Byrd in free agency,…and I will shut up and be happy!

  • PJHeneghan

    So why do we play KC at home and OAK on the road? Following the 4 year / 8 year rotation with AFC teams it seems we should be playing KC on the road and OAK at home. Last played in KC in 2005, last played in OAK in 2009. Very confused and was looking forward to a roadtrip to KC and some good BBQ.

  • PJHeneghan

    Just read your post Bob, I too am confused and you are correct. I remember hearing something in 2010 about trying to stop long trips East / West but they can’t play Dallas twice so somebody has to make 2 trips. Last I checked Philly, D.C., New Jersey are all on the east coast.