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Hello there. Happy Draft Day. Let’s dive right in.
@Tim_McManus do you think either graham cole or brown are traded over the next 3 days?
— philliesbirds (@rreagles20) May 8, 2014
Starting to believe that Brandon Graham is staying put. There was some effort from his camp to find him a new home on a team that runs a 4-3 defense. Miami apparently likes him and there was substance to the Dion Jordan for Graham-and-a-pick talk, according to one source, but best I can tell those conversations fizzled out. The Eagles are said to be pleased with how good of shape Graham kept himself in this offseason, and Howie Roseman does not seem eager to deal him. He won’t get rid of one of his pass-rushers (which are always in short supply) unless he’s presented with a very appealing offer. The same would apply to Vinny Curry.
Trent Cole is their starting outside linebacker opposite Connor Barwin and they are thin at OLB to begin with, so trading him makes no sense. Not sure how much of a market there is for Bryce Brown but I’m guessing the Eagles are open to trading him, especially if they draft a running back this weekend.
@Tim_McManus : what are the eagles chances of getting The Alabama safety ?
— Mel c (@mmc8622) May 8, 2014
Good question. Funny how the conversation shifts week-to-week in the run-up to the draft. It was widely assumed that Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be off the board well before the Eagles got on the clock. Then over the last couple days, two of the more respected draft analysts — Daniel Jeremiah and Mike Mayock — project that he will fall to the Eagles at 22. Add that with Clinton-Dix’s recent request that the Eagles come and snatch him up, and all of a sudden he’s the talk of the town. I’ll guess that he gets taken before the Eagles pick, and I don’t anticipate that they will trade up for him. If he is sitting there, I would have to think he’s a nice option.
You in a landslide, Rowie. You in a landslide.
@Tim_McManus over/under on PAC12 players selected by Chip this weekend…line set at 2.5?
— Joshua Kidd (@joshuavkidd) May 8, 2014
Take the over. Lock city! Four of his eight picks last year were from the Pac 12. He only has six selections this year (at least at the moment) but I’m betting that he snags at least three Pac-12 boys.
Have a hard time picturing it. Not sure dumping DeSean Jackson and then mortgaging a good chunk of your draft to move up to select a receiver in a receiver-rich class can be considered quality resource management. If they move up, I think they do so for an impact defensive player — more specifically, a pass-rusher. Moving back is more likely in my mind. I keep looking at Cleveland sitting there in the 26 spot and wondering if they’ll try to move up to snare their QB of choice. Roseman is going to be fielding some calls.
@Tim_McManus if they trade Foles for Manziel should kelly should we lose all faith in Kelly?
— roc creel (@loccoerrec25) May 8, 2014
What, no love for Johnny Football?
Honestly, I don’t think you have to worry about this scenario, roc. The Eagles like Nick Foles and Johnny Manziel will likely be another team’s gift or burden before long tonight. But this is why we like the draft, right? All is possible the moment the commissioner steps to the podium.