Weekend Reading: Eagles Still Want A QB
And then the Rams trade happened.
Naturally, the national and local media had a lot to say about where the Eagles might be headed.
ESPN.com’s Phil Sheridan assures us that the Eagles interest in the first overall pick was no smoke-screen.
Don’t let the change in the facts change the narrative. The Philadelphia Eagles have been very interested in selecting a quarterback in the 2016 NFL draft. They still are.
There is a temptation to paint the Eagles’ QB-related activities as some kind of smoke screen. By appearing interested in a quarterback, the logic goes, the Eagles created urgency for other teams to do whatever necessary to move up and assure themselves of a shot at Carson Wentz or Jared Goff.
That urgency led the Los Angeles Rams to trade a bonanza of draft picks to Tennessee to move up to No. 1. And that will help the Eagles by making another high-rated player available when they draft with the No. 8 overall pick.
Sounds good, but it doesn’t really make sense. The Eagles have spent a considerable amount of time and money studying the draft’s top quarterbacks. They traveled to San Francisco, South Dakota and Tennessee. Then they brought the top QB prospects to Philadelphia for visits.
Jeff McLane examines the state of the Eagles’ quarterback hunt in the wake of the Rams’ trade to number one overall.
Delaware Online’s Martin Frank takes a sardonic look at one possible reason the Eagles lost to the Rams in the chase for the number one pick.
Oh, the irony.
There the Eagles were, in the running to trade up to the top spot in the upcoming NFL draft to get the quarterback of their dreams, when the Los Angeles Rams surpassed them by offering, among several other draft picks, the second-round pick the Eagles traded to them last year to get quarterback Sam Bradford.
In other words, the Eagles couldn’t get their quarterback of the future because they were hamstrung by their coach of the past in Chip Kelly who left them with their quarterback of the present.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher confirmed as much when he told ProFootballTalk.com that the second-round pick from the Eagles made the difference in the deal with Tennessee for the No. 1 pick. In all, the Rams gave up six draft picks — first-round picks this year and next, two second-round picks this year, and third-round picks this year and next.
If the Eagles don’t select a quarterback in the first round, Ezekiel Elliot could very well be their pick. The Eagles-Elliott connection has certainly seemed to be heating up as of late. Chase Goodbread of NFL.com elaborates on how the relationship could be mutually beneficial.
But Bill Barnwell warns against drafting a running back so early on.