I’m going to try something a little different in the these last few days before one of the most eagerly anticipated Eagles‘ draft weekends in recent memory. I’ve blathered endlessly over the last few weeks about what I think Reid and Co. may or may not do while on the clock. Well, I’m tired of listening to just my own thoughts. It’s time to gain a different perspective from a couple of other die-harders from Eagles Nation.
Chris and Anthony from the excellent Philly fan blog, Heard in the Cheap Seats, have graciously agreed to participate in a little cross-blog draft Q&A.
Here’s how this will work. They’ll ask me a question about the upcoming draft, I’ll offer my two cents, then I’ll fire one back at them. To see their response, all you have to do is jump over to their site a little later today. While reading their thoughts, you’ll get to see their next question for me.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to have some fun trading our sharp wits and in-depth knowledge. I’m not sure about that last part, but you get the point. So, without further ado, here’s the first salvo from Chris and Anthony:
Conventional wisdom when it comes to Andy Reid drafts says that the Eagles will trade out of the first round in an effort to stockpile picks. Should (or will) this be the year the Eagles throw conventional wisdom out the window?
Great question guys. I say yes, this should be the year the Eagles toss aside conventional wisdom and NOT trade out of the first round. This team has very few needs. The additions of Jason Peters, Stacy Andrews and Leonard Weaver tell me the Eagles are loading up much like they did prior to 2004 to make a serious run at Lombardi. McNabb has only two years remaining on his current deal and there is no guarantee he’ll be here beyond 2010.
The best thing the Birds can do is stand pat at 21 and take the best running back available. Notice I didn’t write “player.” Even if Knowshon Moreno is gone at 21 (I think he will be), Reid needs to bite the bullet and grab protection for Brian Westbrook. Protection in the form of Donald Brown. Technically, they don’t need a featured back. All they really need is a guy to replace Correll Buckhalter. But what if Westy has another injury riddled 2009? I’d rather have a safer bet like Brown stepping in than a lesser back picked in the third round. The Eagles need legit talent, not developmental players.
If they trade out or pick defense in the first round, it will take some of the air out of what has been an incredibly productive off-season. I’m not one of those beating the wide receiver drum, but I’d be happy with someone like Darrius Heyward-Bey at 21. At least it would tell me Reid is serious about acquiring real talent.
Whew! That was such a good question, I went on longer than I planned. Now it’s my turn. Here’s my query for Chris and Anthony:
Who is the one player you do not want to see drafted by an NFC East rival, and why do you think said player would pose such a threat?
To read their answer to my brilliant question, check out Heard in the Cheap Seats later today.