Last years top pick Jeremy Maclin
The Eagles enter tonight’s draft at Radio City Music Hall in a position that they really haven’t found themselves in over a decade. The mass exodus of veterans has left them with numerous holes on both sides of the ball and a lack of depth throughout the roster. Here’s how I think new gm Howie Roseman and the actual gm Andy Reid should handle the first round tonight.
Personally, I think the biggest need on the Birds roster is in the defensive secondary. The team never fully recovered from the loss of Brian Dawkins and now with the departure of Sheldon Brown the depth and leadership is absolutely non-existent. Luckily for the Birds there are two big time players available at the safety spot and another couple of cornerbacks who could really be difference makers in the secondary.
The interior offensive line is another key position of need with the release of Shawn Andrews and the late season loss of Jamaal Jackson the current starters at center are natural guard Nick Cole and free agent disappointment Stacy Andrews. This is a spot that the Eagles will absolutely address early and often through the weekend.
A defensive end to play opposite Trent Cole is also a need but it’s my opinion that there are no ends in this years draft in the Eagles range that are worth the investment.
||Acquired from Washington for QB Donovan McNabb
||Acquired from Seattle in 2009 draft day trade
||Acquired from Cleveland along with LB Alex Hall for CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong
||Acquired from Indianapolis in 2009 draft day trade
The Dream Scenario…
Earl Thomas S/CB Texas
Eagles clearly have the ammunition to move up in the first round. They could easily enter into the teens without having to sacrifice too much and even into the top 10 if they were willing to touch picks for next year. The cost of getting into the top 10 is a little to rich for my blood but Eric Berry would be the perfect selection for this secondar, I just don’t believe sacrificing a number of high picks would be worth the difference between Berry and the #2 safety on the board. I would package the #24 along with a 3 and a 4 to get into the teens and secure my chance at selecting safety Earl Thomas from the University of Texas. The 5’10 208lb ball hawk is a certified playmaker with experience at safety and corner. He’s a big hitter and he’s got the smarts to be successful in the Eagles aggressive scheme.
Eric Berry S Tennesee
The less sexy picks that I believe the Eagles could target in the first round are 6’5 330 lb giant guard Mike Iupati from Idaho and versatile center Maurkice Pouncey from the University of Florida.
Here’s how I see it…
If the Eagles trade up: Eric Berry, Earl Thomas, MLB Rolando McClain from Alabama or USF defensive end Jason Pierre Paul (I think he’s got bust written all over him. Purely a physical specimen think Mamula)
If the Eagles stand pat at 24: Mike Iaputi, Maurkice Pouncey, cornerback Kyle Wilson from Boise State or linebacker Sean Witherspoon from Missouri.
My pick: Earl Thomas
The Eagles have traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins per ESPN’s always reliable Adam Schefter. The deal is reportedly the Redskins 2nd rounder in this years draft and a 3rd or 4th in next year draft for the aging quarterback who enters the final year of his contract.
I am shocked that the Birds would move him within the division but this tells me that the interest around the league must not have been as high as previously reported. I would never have moved him within the division unless the return was either a 1st rounder or a coveted player plus a pick.
Also I find it funny that this is almost certainly another case of the Eagles attempting to shield the spotlight away from their Pattison avenue neighbors the Phillies by leaking this info the night before the season opener.
On the bright side, Redskins games just got a whole hell of a lot more interesting.
I will update with more info as I get it…
The Eagles have a problem. Well, to be more precise they have multiple problems but for today we are just going to focus on their problem at the quarterback position.
With the mass exodus of overpriced veterans from the nest this offseason, it almost makes too much sense for the Eagles to move Donovan McNabb. Trading Michael Vick for a low pick serves them very little considering the giant PR hit they took when signing the convicted felon. Also it would basically mean the Birds admitted defeat in their quest to paint Vick as some type of super secret weapon that the amazing mind of Andy Reid would unleash on an unsuspecting football world.
One thing is certain, the Eagles cannot go into the draft still having all 3 of their current qb’s.
CSNPhilly.com’s Eagles insider Derrick Gunn reported yesterday that things may be picking up…
A league source told CSN’s Derrick Gunn on Wednesday evening that talks are heating up – but would not disclose for which quarterback. Nothing is expected to happen before Thursday.
Earlier Wednesday, Gunn, while attending the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, was told by one league source that the Eagles want a first-round pick and a couple of other picks for McNabb. He believed the Eagles would not have to reduce their price because trade talk was beginning to heat up.
However, another league source told Gunn that the Eagles had reduced their price from a first-round pick and a third-round pick to just a third after failing to receive satisfactory offers.
But yet another league source said the Eagles have never asked for a definitive number of picks. They are currently weighing offers and deciding what to do next.
One of the sources also said that Buffalo and Oakland appear to be the leading candidates to acquire the 33-year-old McNabb, who wouldn’t be happy going to either team because neither is a contender.
Regardless, it appears everyone agrees on one thing: the Eagles’ quarterback situation will change before the season starts. One of the sources said that eight teams have inquired about one of their quarterbacks.
Another rumor swirling right now is that the St. Louis Rams are in hot pursuit of Donovan McNabb and have offered the Eagles a deal that would include their second rd pick (#33 overall). Both clubs involved have denied the story but that’s pretty much what you would expect.
If it is true that the Eagles could get what is essentially a late first rounder for a 34-year-old injury prone quarterback, I would drive McNabb to the airport. I am absolutely ready to move on.
This afternoon the Eagles announced that they signed former Indianapolis Colt corner/safety Marlin Jackson to a 2 year contract. On the surface the 2005 first round pick appears to be a solid addition. However, Jackson is coming off of 2 torn acl’s and according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter the Eagles plan on moving Jackson to free safety; a position in which Jackson never started in Indy.
So let’s break this down for a second…
The Eagles solution for the black hole at the free safety position is a guy who has played in only 11 games over the last two seasons due to two serious knee injuries; is a natural cornerback and weighs under 200lbs. Am I missing something?
I like the guy if he’s healthy but what the hell is with all these experiments? Quinton Demps and Macho Harris were both drafted as tweeners without a set position in the secondary and both have been terrible. Jackson has talent, there is no question about that but there were other options available…
Just up the turnpike the Giants added playmaker Antrel Rolle last week and the Jets moved former pro-bowl free safety Kerry Rhodes for a 4th rounder. Meanwhile, we get a guy who makes Correll Buckhalter’s knee history look minor.
Why are the Eagles always shopping at the local scratch and dent shop? Did drafting Cornelius Ingram and signing Stacy Andrews not teach them a lesson about trusting guys with torn acl’s to contribute?
Thank god for the Phillies.
What you can't see in this picture is that he actually caught the figurine in front of the first down marker.
Well it’s about time the Eagles rid themselves of Reggie Brown. This evening it was announced the Birds moved the underacheiving wideout to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 6th round pick in next year’s draft.
A lot of people always credit Andy Reid and his staff for identifying good young talent and locking them up to long-term deals early so that when those players are in their prime, they are paid well under market value (See Brown, Sheldon) for what they provide. Well in Reggie Brown’s case the Eagles could not have gotten it more wrong.
For whatever reason the 2nd round pick out of Georgia just never seemed to click with Donovan McNabb. He showed brief flashes of brilliance at the end of the 2007 season when Jeff Garcia led the Eagles on a cinderella run to the divisional round, but that was about it.
Remember when everyone lauded the AJ Feeley trade to the Dolphins which netted the Eagles a 2nd rounder for a 3rd string QB? Well they selected Brown with that pick, and now a couple years later they turned him into a pick near 200 in next years draft. What brilliant asset management…
Now that I’ve had time to unwind from the mind-numbing embarrassment that was Saturday night’s Eagles-Cowboys game, I come to you with a plea. A request that serious changes be made and that we as fans, in any way that we can let the organization feel that these changes need to be made. Especially on the defensive side of the ball…we’ll deal with the quarterback situation at another time.
They’ve just made horrendous decisions on the defensive side of the ball for years and years and years, and as it stands now judging their history, I have no confidence that this current regime can rebuild it.
Let’s count some of the blunders just off the top of my head…
How about never investing high in genuine linebacker prospects then drafting the drunk flyweight Matt McCoy 3 or 4 rounds earlier than anyone possibly expected in the entire league.
What about drafting Div2 all time sack leader at d-end and turning him into a below average SAM linebacker.
Scapegoating a genuine run stopping strong safety in Michael Lewis and trying to sell us Sean Considine as a viable alternative.
Signing Chris Clemons from obscurity to a big money deal to essentially play 5 snaps a game and play special teams.
Drafting Trevor Laws higher than he was projected, touting him up then replacing him with an undrafted free agent.
Paying Darren Howard big time starter money.
Drafting Bryan Smith in the 3rd round and cutting him a year later.
Trading up and then drafting Jerome Mcdougle.
Drafting and then screwing over Raheem Brock.
Replacing Trotter in his prime with Mark Simoneau.
Letting Brian Dawkins walk with no suitable replacement in-house.
Starting an ineffective 7th rounder (Fokou) down the stretch and into the playoffs when he didn’t make 1 positive play all year.
Not allowing Bradley to play until the last 2 games of his rookie year and then acting surprised when you had a linebacker who was capable of making a play.
Having to sign Jeremiah Trotter away from his car wash t start at middle linebacker for you.
These are just a few of the things I could think of in the 5 minutes I’ve sat at my laptop. Feel free to add to the list…
It’s going to be a long offseason.
I was watching NFL networks, NFL replay show of this past Sundays win over Denver when I stumbled on something rather interesting.
After the great sideline catch by rookie Jeremy Maclin, running back Brian Westbrook came up to his quarterback and praised him saying “thats how you win a game…”
McNabb responded with…
“Well, god is good because I sure wasn’t throwing to him.”
Now watch the replay at the 4:25 mark.
He overthrew Avant by 15 feet!
After all the praise Donovan has received this week for executing such a clutch drive, it turns out the best throw he’s made all year was also his most inaccurate. Only in Philly…