Eagles Draft Fever

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Like many Eagles fans, I too get caught up in all of the pre-draft hoopla.  I enjoy looking at mock drafts on the internet, always hoping for some pearl of knowledge or inside scoop that i didn’t know before.  But ladies and gentlemen, when looking at past Eagles draft day strategy two questions come to mind.  Why do we get excited and why will this year be any different?

The Eagles front office has left me damaged this offseason so far like most other diehard fans yet we continue to get excited for offseason aquisitions and player movement.  Reid and company’s draft day track record has been deplorable.  Yes, they will always hold onto the fact that they chose McNabb over Ricky Williams, and the 2002 draft where they drafted Westbrook, Lito, Sheldon, and the dubious Michael Lewis.  Hell, they’ll even pull the 5th-round coup of Trent Cole in 2004 into discussion.  While even i can’t argue those successes, they pale in comparison with the overwhelming majority of decisions that have been made.  I think Reid and Company’s draft history can be best summed up by trading away their first round pick the last two years and the infamous 2004 draft:

Rd 1- Mike Patterson, Rd 2- Reggie Brown and Matt McCoy, Rd 3- Ryan Moats, Rd 4- Sean Considine

So, given the less than stellar history of Reid and Company’s draft day reputation, what will they do this year? I believe they will trade both of their first round picks to move up in the draft to pick a Left Tackle.  You will hear alot of speculation going forward that Jason Peters, LT for the Bills, may be a player on the Birds radar.  Well, he wants to be the highest paid LT in football, and even though he may actually be one of the best LT in football, i am nearly certain the Eagles wouldn’t trade away a high pick and have to give him big money in a new contract.  That is just not the Eagles way.  In addition, since they currently don’t have a starting-caliber LT on the roster, i expect they will have no leverage in trading up and ultimately get taken for more than they needed to out of their own self-created desparation.  As a result, we will all be disappointed in the first round of the draft and come out with only a LT.

It will be the same scenario for the second round.  Since they have no depth at RB behind Westbrook, most teams will know exactly what they are looking for.  While they have interest in Donald Brown, RB from UConn, i could see another team that covets him trading up to the spot ahead of the Birds to get him.  It will force the braintrust of Reid and Banner to go to plan B, which to me is probably what happens to them on most  draft days.  As we all know, Plan B is a scary proposition and the Eagles love to screw up 2nd round picks.  With the exception of Lito, Sheldon, and DeSean Jackson, can you name me one 2nd round pick that has made any sort of an impact on the Eagles in the last 10 years?  I can’t either, so don’t worry.  By the way, 3 impact players out of 12 second round picks isn’t the “gold standard.”  Anyway, Reid and Company will be forced to scramble with their second round pick.  They need a strong draft this year, but i’m just not confident based on their track record that this occur.  They would be better off trading some picks away for established veterans, like Peters and Boldin.  However, they cherish their draft picks, especially 2nd through 7th rounders, because their salaries are cheaper than established veterans. 

Even though this off season has started out so poorly, i am willing to wait until after the draft to grade it and to make up my mind about whether to continue with my season tickets.  The Eagles have plenty of money under the salary cap to spend and need to make a big move to win back some of the court of public opinion.  If they don’t, this could potentially be a abysmal year at the Linc and in the homes of all Eagles fans.  I am left with one large looming question:  What am i going to do on Sundays during football season this year?

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