King: Eagles Talking Trade With Two Teams

Odell Beckham

It’s draft week, and the rumors are in full swing.

This morning’s nugget comes courtesy of Peter King’s Monday Morninq Quarterback column, and it involves the Eagles potentially looking to move up in the first round for a wide receiver:

Keep hearing they want in on the prime receiver action, and the receiver they want could be LSU’s Odell Beckham, who can play outside, inside in the slot and as a returner. But the Eagles would have to trade up, and GM Howie Roseman is doing his due diligence, talking to at least two teams in the mid-round neighborhood when Beckham would likely go. But the cost could be too rich for the Eagles’ blood. They may have to settle for Marqise Lee, who would be some consolation prize.

In our scouting report of Beckham last month, we pointed out that he was named college football’s most versatile player last year. The 5-foot-11, 198-pounder has 4.43 speed. He might be best in the slot at the next level, but certainly showed he could be effective outside and is also a factor in the return game.


T-Mac wrote in detail this morning about the possibility of the Eagles making a trade. Included in the piece was this quote by general manager Howie Roseman.

"We’re not going to make any move unless it’s based on our board, so to sit here and know we’re going to move up, move down, if we have a guy that’s in the top five in our draft, and he’s falling? Would we look at that? No question."

The obvious question here is: What would it take for the Eagles to move up six or seven spots?

In 2012, the Patriots moved up six spots (from No. 27 to No. 21) and had to throw in a third-round pick to the Bengals. That same year, the Cowboys moved up from No. 14 to No. 6 and gave up a second-rounder. And last year, the Falcons moved up from No. 30 to No. 22 and included two additional picks (a third-rounder and a sixth-rounder).

No previous trade is exactly what the Eagles would be looking at. But the guess here is that they would likely be looking at giving up a minimum of a third-rounder if they wanted to move up into the middle of the round.

We know anything is possible, but the guess here is that a trade-up for a wide receiver is still unlikely. We saw what Riley Cooper (widely considered a mediocre receiver) was able to do in this offense last year. And the draft is loaded with pass-catchers. If the Eagles are considering moving up, you'd think it'd be for a player at a position that isn't stacked with talent (outside linebacker, safety).

On the surface, it doesn't make sense to give up additional picks for a receiver in the first round, but as Roseman said, if the Eagles identify a player they believe to be special, they won't be afraid to pull the trigger.

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  • Token

    Trading up for Beckham? Ugh, I hope this is all just misdirection.

    • anon

      can’t imagine them moving up for a guy that’s 5’11. FO seems disciplined.

  • Joe from Easton

    If the Eagles trade up for a WR I will most certainly throw something at the wall in my house. With only six picks in a stacked draft I’m not even sure Evans is worth trading up for. Dear omniscient deity, please do not let this occur.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      You should invest in a Nerf ball & draw Howie’s face on it. Less damage to your house whilst allowing you to show your displeasure & release your anger.

      • cliff henny

        yup, after 4 or 5 remotes, I put them out of reach and toss a tennis ball around

        • Joe from Easton

          I’m just afraid that whatever I throw will hit my TV and not a wall. I don’t have much accuracy when I’m pissed off.

          • cliff henny

            I switched before the newer tvs. those old 32inch 250lb tube tvs could take a hit or 2. these newer guys, bug lands on them and they are warped.
            plus, used to have my shepherd, who could catch a fastball overhand from ten or so feet away, so I just gunned them at him, and he’d catch it

          • Joe from Easton

            haha my jack russell has great “hands”, but the anger with which I’ll be launching said projectile may be enough to take his head off.

          • cliff henny

            yeah, I never worried about doing damaged to his teeth. not sure what it’d take to get one of those bad boys out of his mouth, crowbar probably. wasn’t doing any damage with a tennis ball

          • Joe from Easton

            haha yea the teeth aren’t going anywhere, but a 12 lb runt of the litter jack russell may not have the strength in his neck to withstand my anger toss.

          • Andy124

            balled up socks hurt nothing.

      • Joe from Easton

        That is an excellent idea. I think I may do just that.

    • Glenn

      Agreed. Evans has great size, but is not as fluid and athletic to justify a top 7 pick as people have him rated. I think guys like Cooks and Lee will end up being better players.

      • Joe from Easton

        I think Evans has the ability to be anywhere between Roy Williams (bust) and Brandon Marshall, but I wouldn’t trade up in a draft with multiple other players with similar ceilings that can be had at 22 or later (Latimer, Moncrief, Benjamin – not very high on him).

        • Glenn

          Especially when there will be a guy like Lee, Beckham, or Cooks available at 22, who arguably are as good or better. They will not all be taken. And if they are, that means Barr or Fuller are there.

        • oreofestar

          I think his floor is higher than that his ceiling is legitimately Calvin

          • Glenn

            I don’t think his separation skills, athleticism, and route running are elite. I just don’t see Calvin Johnson. But obviously a lot of people must agree with you, as he is ranked 7 on the big board.

          • Joe from Easton

            His floor may be higher than Roy Williams’, but Roy’s floor wasn’t supposed to be what it was. The draft is a crap shoot and he could be a bust. I’m not saying he will be, but you never know. I wouldn’t put his ceiling next to Calvin as he doesn’t have the athletic ability that Johnson has in almost any aspect.

    • Ark87

      Typically in a Vacuum I’m ok with a trade up to get THE guy They’re absolutely in love with…but the context, It’s a WR, why did we need a WR bad enough to spend multiple draft picks on, well…

      So yeah I’ll be right there with you.

    • paul from nc

      agree. I don’t want a WR in the first anyway. Let alone give up another pick to get one.

  • Glenn

    The Eagles do not need to trade up. They will be able to get a great player at 22, whether it is a WR such as Beckham, Lee, or Cooks, a pass rusher like Barr, or a cornerback like Fuller. Or even Manziel, if they think he is the answer. One of those players will be available at 22, and it makes no sense to give up an asset to move up.

    • myeaglescantwin

      i’m with you. Especially if these last two drafts are any indication of what we have to look forward to this year.
      Howie is pulling starters out of rd 3-5. Giving up a 3rd or a 4th is essentially passing on a guy who can have a direct impact on 2014

      • Andrew J. Race

        ORRR since it’s chip’s first real draft (last year he just started) maybe just maybe they have a target and like with Cox, they will set up a trade and if that guys is there, go up and get him whatever we think….I dont like trading down…i like stay put or go get your guy

    • paul from nc

      Agree No need to trade up. BUt for the right deal, I’d trade down a few spots and get an extra pick.

  • ztom6

    Trade up in the 2nd for a receiver, fine. I’d rather see them trade down in the first though.

  • myeaglescantwin

    The idea does not sit well with me at all. IN the same respects, I’ve preached trust for the FO. If they decide that Beckham is the dude,, then i guess i’m going to roll with it..

    i just disagree with even using the 1st round selection on a position that is said to be the “deepest class ever”. To me that states there’s talent throughout.

    With the holes we fans identify. It will definitely be a hard pill to swallow.
    but here is stand.

    in Chippy McRoseman i trust

    • Richard Colton

      agree, but there’s still tremendous value, even in the 1st round. A guy like Lee probably gets over-drafted in another year. this year – he’s likely the 4th or 5th guy off the board at WR.

      • myeaglescantwin

        true, and like i said, if he is “their guy” then so be it..

        historically WR fall. there will be a mad grab at the top prospects, but then it fades.
        this year, there is so much talent, we could see as many as 5 in rd-1, or even just 2.

        I’ll just say, that releasing a 5’10 WR only to burn more assets and draft another sub-6ft WR would really make me question my trust factor.

  • oreofestar

    If we are trading up which I doubt we will I’d rather go all the way for Evans r a few spots to secure Barr rather than Beckham

  • travis papa

    Trading up for Barr or Evans is acceptable Beckham or any other wr or player is not.

    • oreofestar

      yeah only Barr or Evans no way for Beckham but 49ers like him I heard and have more to offer anyway

  • Sum

    I don’t doubt they’re exploring every possibility. I don’t think they would ever declare who they’re targeting while moving up.. That’s idiotic.

  • derek

    No offense but Riley cooper made catches last year that not many people can. Mediocre is a bit harsh.

    • Ark87

      The statement is still true, he is widely considered a mediocre receiver. That’s just a fact (that many people aren’t impressed by Cooper, that is). Whether he is mediocre or good is definitely debatable though. Sheil didn’t take a stance in this post though.

  • myeaglescantwin

    i think they maybe just testing the market to see what teams are expecting as far as compensation.

    To do all the investigative work just for a single position doesn’t make sense with the way this new team is operating.

  • Malcolm Jones

    Calm down people its a smokescreen and if they are moving up its for barr and evans…Beckham is just the name they threw out there for negotiation purposes.

    • ohitsdom

      Barr seems likely. Evans, no way. He’s going top 15, possibly top 10. That would be WAY too expensive.

      • oreofestar

        I agree but I’d rather go in and try and get Evans than give up a 3rd to jump 5 spots for ODB I prefer to not trade up but if we are gonna trade up I say trade up with Pitt to secure Barr

      • Richard Colton

        possibly top 5. let’s put Evans out of our minds. not gonna happen.

        • oreofestar

          Indeed I have moved on while at least keeping that bit of hope I did a mock the other day had him going at 5 someone could shock everyone and take him before Sammy

        • cliff henny

          not till his name is called. hope is a good thing, to quote andy dufraine

          • oreofestar

            I want him to just go really early like 5 just so I do not have to think about it anymore

          • cliff henny

            yeah, If he’s dangling there at 13or 14, i’ll be going nutz.

          • oreofestar

            plus I really do not want him to be a Giant to be honest if he is there at 10 I will be ripping by walls just need him to go early and putting the dream to rest

          • e

            Upvote for the shawshank reference

  • mksp

    I’m not a fan of trading up. *But* ODB is a supremely talented WR. Fast, quick, great route runner, great hands, and a good returner.

    • cliff henny

      wont like giving up pick, but if Kelly thinks he’s worth it, i’m good. when pick #86 comes around, probably be muttering something like “ODB better be worth it”

      • mksp

        Yeah, I feel the same way.

        We’ll probably be frustrated until the season starts and it becomes obvious just how dynamic of a player ODB is.

        I recognize he’s only 5’11″, but he is physical. Not a DeSean clone.

  • cliff henny

    final 3 days, sure the board is set, what else is Howie supposed to do? putting out feelers for cost of movement up, so if/when Eagles try to move back, they know an asking price. really cant see moving up and giving up a 3rd for ODB. guy is god, be really happy to land him, but not sure he’s Lee/Latimore plus Christian Jones better.

    • oreofestar

      I don’t want to trade up but IF WE DO want I would want even more than Evans would be a trade up with the Steelers for Barr at the very least they secure their super raw Pass rusher with tons of upside and great measureables

  • oreofestar

    Cliff said it if they want to feel out a trade for moving up they can throw a name like ODB out there because he makes somewhat sense and will go in the same range as Barr

  • DoctorRick

    Sheil and Tim,
    Are we doing a draft night real time blog a thon?

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    eagles just signed a 6 9 277 DE Army ranger. cant wait to see what he got. pretty sure the character box is checked

    • Brent E. Sulecki

      played WR. TE. and OT also. pretty versatile

      • myeaglescantwin

        who’s this guy. I haven’t seen anything??

        • Brent E. Sulecki

          he played at Army. Alejandro Villaneuva

          • myeaglescantwin

            we just signed him??

            i remember seeing him play. They thought he’d eventually transition to OT as i remember. but he’s a defender ahahha .. Jason Peters esq

          • Brent E. Sulecki

            yeah check the link above another poster put up

          • myeaglescantwin

            I’m sitting here laughing at this..

            BIG PEOPLE BEAT UP LITTLE PEOPLE… and now we have a 6’9 active Army Ranger… hahaha

            Lets review his college career. started at DE,, then was moved to OT, then played WR / TE and lead the team in TDs..
            I like it.

            ROCK FLAG AND EAGLES !!!!!!!

          • Brent E. Sulecki

            check sheils write up. kid played basketball and rugby too.

          • cliff henny

            6’9, ex TE, hello redzone target

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Hopefully this means no Kelvin Benjamin in our future except on the opposite sidelines.

          • Ian Farley

            army runs a wing T old style option run offense… i would not put much into him leading the team in receiving… i think he could be a role player at DE but if you saw him at the regional combine he won’t play offense in the NFL.

    • Joe L

      That’s the dude that used to play WR I think.

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        that’s him

      • Richard Colton

        Chad Hall? He’s been working out.

        • Brent E. Sulecki

          chad is still 5’8 though

    • Richard Colton

      RLTW

      • Jerry Pomroy

        He’s got an impressive list of medal accomplishments Colt. Sounds like our kinda guy.

        • Richard Colton

          24/7 has his DA file on the newest story. Guy is no joke. NFL is full of wanna-be tough guys. I guarantee this guy would beat the brakes off Aaron Hernandez.

          • cliff henny

            Ha, beat the brakes off…great line

          • Jerry Pomroy

            You only like that line because you’ve physically done that to your car in the past…lol.

          • cliff henny

            did once. hammered driving home on 76 hit the brakes and they popped off, ran over them. drove rest of way to home using hand emergency brake.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            See, I knew it!… lol

          • Cheesesteak

            I used to have a chevy chevette that had no brakes, up and back to IUP while in college. I’d get my buddy to drive while I operated hand brake….downshift to first and pull.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Hahaha, best brawl I EVER witnessed was between a Ranger and a former Special Ops. The Ranger, big and brawny. The Special Ops, smaller, svelte frame but agile and quick. One for the ages!

            I think they should make a special consideration. Instead of team captain, why not let this guy wear XO on his uni…

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        yea they’re ok i guess.

        Intel has more fun :)

        • Richard Colton

          that’s why I’m intel now. my days of walking and carrying stuff are over.

    • Ark87

      Hey now we don’t have to bring in a SEAL to give that maximum-performance under pressure talk (Probably shouldn’t anyway with a ranger right there in the room).

      • Maggie

        Already have a SEAL, well, a SEAL trainer.

    • anon

      Probably got very little, but great think Chip’s doing putting him TC.

    • Maggie

      Ptsd’s just waiting to happen.

      • paul from nc

        That is a very disparaging remark. Please refrain from talking about it unless you’ve had someone close to you with that illness.

  • DoctorRick
    • Joe from Easton

      Holy Hell.

      • cliff henny

        6’9 280, jumping out of planes. tell ya what, if i’m that size, double bagging parachutes

        • Joe from Easton

          This dude was a swimmer, basketball player, rugby player, and a damned army ranger. He’s not some big for nothing guy. He’s an athlete. Did you see what he got one medal for? Pulling wounded soldiers off of the battle field under live fire? With that kind of frame he’s a hell of a target for bullets, but probably didn’t even have a second thought. Talk about “team first”. I love this guy already.

          • Ark87

            He’s straight out of an 80′s action flick, I can see it now, a dude on one shoulder, firing …pretty much any weapon you can imagine from the hip (Rangers choose any weapon they prefer, need not be standard-issue) in the other hand….screaming is a must as well. Almost want to make the trip to TC just to meet the guy, awesome.

          • Joe from Easton

            Great imagery there. Full on Commando style. I personally envision a gatling gun under the firing arm. ‘Merica!

          • Ark87

            That would be priceless.

          • Maggie

            Was thinking more of Rambo. That way Philly could have 2 imaginary musclebound “heroes” for the price of 1 Stallone. ;~D

          • Ian Farley

            athlete yes, but seems like he can do a lot of things athletically but nothing great. if you saw him in the regional combine, he is super slow footed. i dont see him playing offense, i think he is a strictly a defensive lineman.

          • Joe from Easton

            I’d be fine with that. He’s got two gap 34 DE written all over him. They won’t need the pass swatters at practice this year, just him.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Wonder how long his arms are on top of that 6’9″ frame.

  • John E. Zang

    I would much rather stay at 22 and land Cooks if he doesn’t go earlier than expected. I actually think Cooks has more upside and is more a sure thing than Odell. I like Odell but think he’s going to be drafted higher than necessary.

    • Glenn

      Agreed. Especially if you save a second or third round pick, which has a high chance to be a productive starter for years, with this draft, and this front office’s newfound proclivity to picking gems in later rounds.

      • myeaglescantwin

        exactly… This is Andy going after Tony Hunt, Ricky Sapp, Daniel Teo’nishem or any of those clowns in rd.3

        howie has proven he can find talent in the later rounds. Our draft pics are more valuable to us, than to what other teams see them ass

        • Glenn

          Lol at Daniel Teo-Nesheim. We actually picked that guy when Navarro Bowman and Jimmy Graham were listed as best available players under the ticker before the selection. When the guy was actually not watching the draft, because he thought he had no chance of being selected that day.

          • VEGASFLYER

            Wow. That comment hurts. Spot on.

        • GoBirds1

          Please, Howie has never found talent, fireman and S from Temple ring a bell. Leave the talent finding to
          His personnel dept and Chippah!!!

          • myeaglescantwin

            Those were both picks from Andy’s Regime.

            I’ve said before, Andy’s arrogance ruined our drafting for years.
            If any of the “high motor” DL guys were 6’5, he may have been onto something.
            and Jarret was a pathetic attempt to replace Weapon X.

            again, Andy lead all personnel decisions for his team.

          • myeaglescantwin

            furthermore, have you noticed the names selected and starting from the past two drafts??

            We were lucky to have 3 people make the roster when Andy was drafting. let alone 3 starters from one draft.

  • John E. Zang

    Also this report is probably some kind of strategy. They want everyone to think they’re going for Beckam for a reason. They’re awful quiet about Cooks and he hasn’t visited. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s their man.

    • mtn_green

      Chip loves special teams. Cooks would kill at ST. It’s as good an argument as any other.

  • oreofestar

    Posted this on Blitz….

    It is simple Barr and ODB will go in the same range it seems you know that 13-18 range so why let teams know you want Barr sell Beckham to the Steelers say you can’t trade pick Cowboys cuz you hate em and you are afraid Ravens take Beckham but you are really jumping Cowboys for Barr I am not a big fan of trading up but I’d do Barr and Pitt’s 5th for 22 and 86 if they LOVE BARR!

    • Richard Colton

      There’s that bust potential with Barr. That’s why he’s dropping. You love to gamble Oreo.

      • oreofestar

        You know I love to gamble but man that upside with Barr is just wonderful although you know I don’t mind that kid from Texas A&M either :P

    • peteike

      good point. Alfred Williams is on sports radio out here in Denver and just loves Barr. He actually thinks Mack is a bust waiting to happen and is calling that now, crazy I know. He did play DE at a high level though in the league and seems to know his stuff but then so does every ex player.

      • Andy124

        and seems to know his stuff but then so does every ex player.

        I think if you really think about that, you won’t agree with it either. :)

        • Maggie

          He just worded it incorrectly, He meant to say, “seems to know his stuff but then every ex-player likes to think that about himself.”

  • Bird of Prey

    I hope not. There is a ton of help needed for the D. I could see moving up for a corner, (although I think if they could get Desir later I’d be very happy), inside LB (The kid from Alabama), or DT and DE. There are SO many WR’s in the draft that wasting another pick to get one in this draft is crazy.

  • Philly0312

    This sounds like smoke. I’m sure they are looking into trading up…but more likely for a defensive player. Howie seemed to think this WR class would have someone available for them round after round. Don’t see a trade up for a WR. If anything I see a trade back for one.

    • Matthew B

      What does smoke sound like?

      • Philly0312

        Clever eh? Congrats on being today’s biggest A-hole on the internet. FYI: A definition you might not have read for smoke:

        Noun; irrelevant or misleading information serving to obscure the truth of a situation.

        In addition, most times people use the term “Sounds like”, they often are not referring to an actual sound. If I say to someone, “That sounds like a reasonable argument”…reasonable arguments don’t have a sound…why don’t you go all grammar girl on the rest of the internet you tool.

      • paul from nc

        I think you hear loud clanging bells in the background, and sirens a few minutes later.

  • Ian Farley

    If they eagles move up it better be for Mack or Watkins, otherwise the cost is too high for the player you would be getting. outside the top 15 or so players, the difference between the guys rated 20-40 is not substantial enough to warrant trading up. If a top 5 guy gets outside the top 10-12 picks then you move but otherwise just hang tight and be smart… the talent is there to get good players.

    there was a great piece on here about the way the eagles rate players. Blue Chips, Red Chips and so on… there are a few blue chips this year but ALOT more Red chips (solid starters potential pro-bowlers) than in typical drafts. so trading up should ONLY be for a top tier blue chip, world class talent.

    • myeaglescantwin

      well moving up , say , 4 spots would probably cost you only a 2014 3rd-4th with your first pick.
      Moving up to get Watkins would require a deal more like what we saw the Falcons give out for Julio.. which depleted the roster of talent.

      i’m under the belief that they are making these trade inquiries to see what teams are asking for compensation to move to the middle of round 1.
      Just in case players start to fall.

  • H

    Yeah I’d hate a trade up for receiver. The only person I’d trade up for is Gilbert if he falls past 17. Odell Beckham jr in my opinion is also the most overrated wideout in this draft. Even more so then Benjamin.

  • Rick H

    Wow! “Widely considered mediocre” BRUTAL! Sheil that was not only unnecessary but sounded like a personal attack. Very disappointed that you wrote that. I have to reevaluate now.

    • peteike

      probably means prior to this last breakout season. Who cares anyway, its still more scheme imo also.

      • Rick H

        I hear you but… So many other ways to make that point. It was intentional

        • CJ

          intentional though it may (or may not) be, it’s actually, you know, true.

          Before the all injuries to WRs in camp (Maclin, Benn), there was a fairly large group here that didn’t think he had a shot to make the team this season.

    • Andy124

      You realize that mediocre means average right? I like Cooper, but not so much that I think calling him a league average #2 WR is an insult. That’s quite the leap in reputation from when he was widely considered a warm body of a #4 or 5 WR.

      • NickS1

        I always took mediocre to mean a little below average, like, close, but not quite.

        • Warhound

          Means average or “middling” (medi is the root for middle, medium, mediterranean, etc). However, has taken on a connotation of “barely adequate”.

          • NickS1

            Yeah, the second definition speaks to more of the latter and what my impression was: “not satisfactory; poor; inferior”. I find the synonyms and the origin interesting, as well.

          • Andy124

            I agree with both you and @warhound23:disqus ; The definition is as he says and what I’m referring to. I also agree that it has largely taken on a more negative connotation in general conversation, but I prefer the actual definition, in particular because the root is still part of the word.

          • NickS1

            So, what you’re saying is that in order to appease the masses (you, in this case), mediocre shall refer to average and ocre to less than average. And so it is ordered.

    • Maggie

      “widely” considered makes it non-personal I would think. Besides, check the comments allowed on some other sites. They will turn your stomach.

  • NCBiRDMann22

    I’ve been screaming for Watkins to be the one they make a move for. Chip has been bold enough to let Desean Jaccson walk for nothing. He is a wildcard that will make whatever move he sees fit at whatever cost.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      That’s a HUGE leap!!

      • NCBiRDMann22

        yeah..but look at some of the drafts that have been called super deep in the past. Think the draft with Larry Fitzgerald was know for an unbelievable class and had something like seven WR that went in round one. Out of all of them Larry was the only one to succeed. Seems to be early similar to this years crop.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          Yes but going from 22 to top 5? You’re going to be paying for that heavily. So much so that your draft would consist of Watkins and depth guys from the latter rds as you’ll most likely need to give up your 1st, 2nd, 3rd & possibly more. Sammy looks good, but I’m sorry, but he’s not worth that. Not in a draft this deep and only six picks. Those six picks become that much more valuable because you’re in short supply.

          • NCBiRDMann22

            what is the actual hit rates on players selected in rounds 2-7…

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I don’t think you could look at it in that broad a view. There’s a ton of players to be selected between those 6 rounds. I do believe this draft is about a round deeper than usual due mainly to the crop of WRs. That’s not to say that there are more 1st rd talents, but rather deeper from the 2nd on down. There just isn’t a lot of top tier big name talents this year.

          • NCBiRDMann22

            Oh and yeah Tre your boy will be needing wrist surgery. I could just see the boys from Seattle just attacking his hands like they want to break it again and him fumbling all day long.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Pushes him down the draft board.

  • Weapon Y

    There’s no point in letting DeSean go just to draft another small, fast WR in Beckham. Now if they traded up for Evans, different story. I might disagree with DeSean’s release still, but I’d at least see that Chip wants a change in personnel for his scheme. At least, there would be SOME logic to it. Maybe not great logic, but SOME.

  • Lou

    Smokescreen because they are trading up to snag haha or Gilbert there is no way they don’t go defense in the first unless they trade back

    • Maggie

      The Eagles signed FOUR DBs in free agency. it’s hard to believe they would draft another one in the first round with only 6 picks to their name. OLB, OL, WR, ILB, K. First 5 picks. If they are as smart as me, of course.

      • southy

        They signed Jenkins, Carroll, and a couple of special teamers. They did it because they didn’t want to go into the draft with a huge need in the secondary. Doesn’t mean they have no intention of looking there in the draft, just giving them the flexibility to go where they see value.

        If Barr, Mosely, Evans, ODB, all off the board before 22, they have to be taking a hard, HARD look at Fuller, Clinton-Dix (if he’s not gone) etc.

    • paul from nc

      From you to Gods ear. Offense is good enough. Defense not so much.

  • Andy124

    Eagles talking trade with other teams.

    Translation:
    If some team wants us to fleece them, we will gladly oblige. We must talk to them to locate them first though. Shhhh, keep this on the DL. We don’t want to the fleecees to find out.

  • Hanibal Luis

    I’m still with the mindset that whoever they take at #22 or trade up/down for, I will trust Chip and Howie and give them the benefit of the doubt for year #2. As long as it isn’t Manziel :P

    • paul from nc

      That’s a dangerous outlook to have. Most felt that way about reid after the 3rd and 4th years.
      Chip has been here 1 year and Howie had how many years in charge of the draft? We’ll never know for sure.

      Last year looks like a productive draft, but one year, imo, doesn’t earn the benefit of the doubt. Even if you love Chip as a coach, that doesn’t mean he is a great talent evaluator.

      • myeaglescantwin

        if ANYONE felt that way for Andy after the Jerome McDougal selection, they were out of their mind.

        I’d trust the past two drafts as an example more than base it off of Chip solely. And while i do trust Chip and Howie (with speculation), I think it’s more the understanding to the fact that SIZE MATTERS ,, that Chip earned some trust with the fans..

        Speculative trust -vs- blind trust..

        • paul from nc

          Agree about speculative trust. After he wins a couple Super Bowls, you might persuade me to move toward blind trust.

  • #1GeagleFan

    I think we’re going to find out a lot about Chip Kelly ‘s potential with this first pick… if he drafts a WR then he’s just auditioning to secure himself 10 years as an NFL offensive coordinator (although he wouldn’t realize it), but if he’s going to become a future championship level coach he will figure out how to get this team an OLB that can help get the defense off the field on third downs… who knows if the guy they draft in first round will pan out, but if he’s just going to grab a WR then he’s essentially telling us that he’s out to prove what a great offensive coach he is, rather than attempting to become a great head coach….WR is a low value position, right side OLB in a 3-4 is high priority- I still have all faith in Chip and I’d be shocked and disapointed if they draft WR in first round

  • Don

    very foolish to trade up for a receiver. We can get 1 in the sec.rd. and use the 1st for a defensive player. Allen R. is still on the board and I think he is a much better choice then beckham

  • Shawn Williams

    Watch the eagles move up to take bridgewater or bortles. Talk about a shock in the draft

  • Shawn Williams

    I’ve got to say I am not impress with ODB

  • NickS1

    If Khalil Mack somehow fell to 6 or 7, would you trade up?

    • dislikedisqus

      That would cost next year’s 1st, so no.

  • dislikedisqus

    I can’t believe that the difference between Beckham and Lee is so large to justify a 3rd Round pick, which is what a trade implies.

  • John J. King

    Agreed, nonsense. But then nothing is certain.

  • KSSJ4

    It looks like misdirection to me. Eagles want to move up. Eagles want to draft a WR. Eagles want OB. If they don’t care about size at the receiver position then I would imagine them wanting Cooks. He’s more of a possession receiver, he can go deep and play slot. Getting exciting!!!