According to the Rumor Mill over at Philadelphiaeagles.com, Virgina offensive tackle Eugene Monroe toured the NovaCare Complex. This info was culled from an interview with NFL Sirius Radio. I don’t have Sirius, so I wasn’t able to listen to the interview. Let’s assume this is true and play the “what if” game.
Monroe is considered a Top 5 prospect. He’s been linked to the Rams at #2. Likely, he won’t fall past Cincinnati at #6. With this in mind, what would it take to move into the top 5 to land Monroe? Well, I’ve studied the NFL Trade Chart and crunched the numbers GM’s use to determine value. The Eagles do have enough to get him if they so choose.
Now, all this speculation depends on finding a willing trade partner. Nevertheless, it’s fun to run through the potential scenarios. The #2 overall pick is worth 975 points. The #21 and #28 picks combined equal 955 points. Toss in a 5th rounder which is worth roughly 75 points, and you have the necessary amount to climb into position to draft Monroe.
Would the Birds be willing to give up both #1 picks to land an elite tackle prospect? Is this the Big Move they are planning? This could all be a clever ruse by Reid and Co. to throw off some other teams. It wouldn’t be the first time they have used a little subterfuge to fool the enemy. However, we all know Andy loves his lineman and they did move up to select Shawn Andrews.
As a top 5 pick, Monroe would command a hefty salary and signing bonus. The Eagles clearly have the cash. He would also be immediately inserted into the vacant left tackle spot, thus negating the need to shift either Andrews or Herremans outside. Monroe and the Andrews Bros. would make for one big, physical and young O-line.
I’m not sure I’d give up both picks to get him, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it happens. There is enough RB and TE depth to get quality players in rounds 2 and 3. What do you guys think? Would a trade up to get Monroe make you happy, or furious?