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Why The Philadelphia Eagles Should Trade Out Of The First Round

The Philadelphia Eagles should trade out of the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Sitting towards the bottom end of the first round, with the number 22 pick, is not a great place to be. The Eagles will definitely get calls about trading and, if I was Philadelphia Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman, I’d be willing to trade.

Many mock drafts have the Eagles picking up Auburn pass rusher, Dee Ford. While I strongly agree that he would be a great pick for the Birds, I also feel that he will be snapped up before then. His impressive performance at the Senior Bowl will garner him attention and I suspect that he might get grabbed by someone like the Jets at number 18 or Arizona at 20, if not the Titans at 11.

Who else is there for the Eagles to get? A couple of linebackers, like Alabama’s CJ Mosley or Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert may interest the Eagles front office. Kelvin Benjamin, a wide receiver out of Florida State will likely get a look too. Johnny Manziel, the star quarterback from Texas A&M is likely to be on the board. Any of those players should get a long, hard look from the Eagles.

Most of them, however, could still be on the board at the top end of the second round. If the Eagles traded with the Cleveland Browns at 35, or the Oakland Raiders at 36, they would still be likely to land a decent player. Guys like Manziel and Benjamin currently project to still be on the board at those spots, a safety like Lamarcus Joyner could be an intriguing option.

Moving from 22 down to 35 or 36 would probably give the Eagles another third round pick, where there still stands to be plenty of talent. If the Raiders or Browns were desperate to grab someone like Manziel, a second round pick could be a realistic price. Moving down, grabbing an extra pick and still having a shot at Lamarcus Joyner, safety Ed Reynolds or defensive end Stephon Tutt would be a result for the Eagles.

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