With the start of the NFL Draft less than two weeks away, we are hearing a lot of talk about who the Eagles might take, trades they might make, and the importance of having a solid draft. Their first scheduled pick on draft day is 24th overall, the selection they were given based on where they finished the 2009 season. However, it’s very much possible that with the 24th overall selection, another team is drafting someone.
Currently with 11 picks in the draft, the Eagles have to make some moves. They can’t take that many players. The question is how many moves will they make and where will they come. My guess is that their first move will come at some point during the first round. For some reason, the Eagles love trading their actual pick for something different. We’ve seen them trade back plenty of times and also saw them trade up last year to get Jeremy Maclin.
I have a strong feeling that the Eagles first selection will occur somewhere before the 24th overall selection, although I’m not sure where. There’s plenty of people who would love to see them make a big splash and trade all the way up near the top five to make a run at Eric Berry but I’m not sure that will hapen. It will take a lot of ammunition to get up that high in the draft, as well as finding someone who doesn’t want Berry themselves.
What I could see happening is the Eagles possibly trade up somewhere in the 10-20 range and making a play at someone, possibly a Joe Haden or Earl Thomas. There’s the possibility the Eagles could package their two second round picks (possibly something else) to move up into the first round and end up having two picks on the first day.
With the way the draft is formatted this year, the Eagles have plenty of time after the first round to come up with a plan to attack the the second and third round as well. They have a lot of late picks and I’m hoping they can package a bunch of them to move up.
It’s a very important draft for the Eagles and I’m really hoping they find some guys who can have both an immediate and long-term impact for this team.