Tom Heckert Speaks

Just finished listening to the “interview” with Eagles GM Tom Heckert over at I like Tom better than Reid because the guy actually shows some emotion. In other words, he offers more than monosyllabic answers. Of course, you still can’t read much into what little information he provides, but he does seem to have a couple “tells.”

I listened between the lines and came away with a few impressions. I’m not going to directly quote from the interview because I wasn’t motivated enough to transcribe it. I’ll just write in generalities.

  • He mentioned at least three times about the possibility of moving up in the first round. He was confident they had more than enough to get into the Top 5. I still think there is a good chance they will trade up to get somebody.
  • He made it clear that there are plenty of running backs available throughout the draft. Even in rounds 5 and 6. I don’t think they will wait past the third round before grabbing a back.
  • He was emphatic that defense is extremely important. He wants to have the #1 defense in the league, not the #3. I’m really beginning to think a defensive player will be selected very early. No one is talking linebacker, but I’m not convinced the braintrust is completely pleased with Gaither, Gocong and Jordan.
  • He compared Nick Cole to a third cornerback. A starter, but not necessarily a starter, if that makes sense.
  • He said taking an offensive lineman early (i.e. round 1) is not imperative. Reid said the same thing a few weeks ago. Hmm? Most fans and virtually every draft pundit have penciled in an O-lineman in the opening round. This could all be smoke and mirrors, but I say unless they move way up, a lineman in the first round may not be in their plans.

Just a few more tidbits to ponder in the next ten days.

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  • Eric

    Not that I think it’s likely, but they could try to move up for Monroe.

    The draft chart numbers don’t add up, but if the Eagles offered both 1st rounders and a 3rd, do you think Pioli would turn that down?

    No way. He can get two quality defensive starters for next year right there or take one and trade back and get more picks.

    It’s a prime example of how useless the value charts are.

  • Scott Tunstall

    No way the Eagles would give up both 1st rounders and a 3rd. Too pricey. The value charts vary depending on which ones you look at. The “NEW” chart says two #1′s and a 5th is enough to get to #4.

  • Rich

    I’d say they pick Malcolm Jenkins before a linebacker, that is if they do move up and they are looking defense. Hell, there’s a chance one of USC linebackers is there for them at 21.

    Although we don’t have much need at CB, the reason I say Malcolm Jenkins is because a lot of people are saying he’d be better as an NFL Safety. Although we addressed Safety in Free Agency, it wouldn’t be surprising to me for them to add another in the mix.

    Thinking more on it, Brian Orakpo, Aaron Maybin or Everette Brown could also be the pick(again assuming if they move up). Most seem to have them as Linebackers in the 3-4, especially Orakpo and Brown, but all 3 played as DE in college. With essentially no one opposite Trent Cole/Darren Howard, it’s definitely the biggest need on our defense.

    Eugene Monroe is who I’d want them to get though. Just an absolute beast.

  • All Philadelphia Sports

    I have a feeling I’m not going to be pleased with what the Eagles do in the draft. If they trade into the top 10, I think Monroe or Curry are the only two players worth moving up for.

    I’m not sold on any of the top DEs that should be taken early. I’m most impressed with Everrette Brown, but he’s your outside LB in a 3-4, so that’s not a fit for the Eagles. Curry is the only LB I would take in the first round. I would rather sit at 21 to take Ayers if the Eagles are locked in on a DE and use the 28th pick on Donald Brown or LeSean McCoy (or Knowshon by an act of God, some mocks have him falling to the late first-round).

    As for a LB, trading up at the beginning of the 2nd round could net James Laurinaitus or Larry English. Laurinaitus was a lock to be in the top 10 if he came out early, why the hell is he not even a first rounder this year? So many different scenarios that could happen. I can’t wait for the draft.

  • Scott Tunstall

    I agree about Monroe. He’s a man. I say the Rams grab him at 2. Jenkins would be a shock pick, to me.

    Curry is an interesting name. There have been no reports of the Birds inviting him in, but do you really need a visit from the guy? Just put in the game tape. He’s a monster. I just can’t see Reid moving up for a linebacker.

    As for defensive end, I’d be surprised if they went that direction in round 1. They really like Abiamiri at left end. I think Parker might be traded to make room for Chris Clemons and Bryan Smith.

    I’m not a huge Laurinaitus fan but I still think he might go in the 1st. English seems to be dropping, but a lot of “experts” label him the best pure pass rusher in the draft.

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