Earlier this week, we discussed the possibility of the Eagles trading down out of the No. 4 pick.
And while many believe teams at the top of the first round will have a tough time drawing significant offers, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. thinks the Eagles will get some calls.
“You’re going to get offers because it’s not costly to be up there,” Kiper said. ‘It’s a case where there’s going to be some hot players, and the hot players are going to be those left tackles. Everybody seems to want to go up and get those guys. After [Luke] Joeckel goes, if he goes one, that’s going to make Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson two possibilities for teams that are going to look to move up.”
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In five of the last six drafts, the Eagles have made a first-round trade.
In three of those instances (2009, 2010, 2012), they traded up for Jeremy Maclin, Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox, respectively. In 2007 and 2008, the Eagles traded out of the first round.
So while we continue to discuss and analyze what the Eagles might do with the No. 4 pick, the prospect of a trade definitely exists. Even though this is not considered a top-heavy draft, all it takes is one team looking to move up.
The obvious questions are: Who might those teams be? And what could the Eagles get in return?
The Eagles added a pair of cornerbacks – Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher – in free agency, but they very well could look to add another in the first few rounds of this month’s draft.
Alabama’s Dee Milliner is the consensus top option on the board, but behind him, there are several quality corners who are expected to go in the first three rounds. One of them, Mississippi State’s Darius Slay, had an official visit with the Eagles, according to a report.
While all the mock drafts we list in this space project who the Eagles will take with the No. 4 pick, another possibility exists: They trade down.
It’s an option that makes plenty of sense, and the organization has been more than willing to deal in the past. Consider this: The Eagles have made a first-round trade in five of the past six drafts.
This year’s class is not considered top-heavy, and the Eagles are coming off a 4-12 season. If they can grab an extra pick or two to slide down and still get a player they covet, Howie Roseman could definitely consider the option.
Ziggy Ansah says he knew nothing about American football until he got to BYU.
The 6-5, 271-pound defensive end/outside linebacker grew up playing soccer in Ghana. When he got to Utah, he tried out for the basketball team a couple times, but didn’t make it. He ran track too before eventually deciding to give football a shot.
“I was really athletic,” Ansah said at the Combine, where he ran a 4.63 40. “I didn’t want to just sit around and go to school. I wanted to do something. Since basketball didn’t work out, I wanted to do football.”
Yesterday, we discussed the Eagles’ front seven and came to the conclusion that Howie Roseman and company still need to add some versatile defensive linemen.
So it makes sense that the team hosted Florida State’s Cornellius “Tank” Carradine for a pre-draft visit on Monday, according to a report.