Why The Philadelphia Eagles Should Trade Out Of The First Round

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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.

What do you think? Get the discussion started in the comments below.

Topics: 2014 NFL Draft, Philadelphia Eagles

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  • Pridenpoise

    I think you should recheck your sources, there’s no way Manziel is on the board at 22 and you should also know the Raiders new regime is not into trading away draft picks, not when they have holes to fill all over the field.

  • Owen Lloyd

    Agree about the Raiders on second thoughts, although they may be willing to give up one to grab a player they really like. With Manziel, though, I can see him falling. Some drafts I’ve seen have him going second round. It’s not impossible, although JM going to the Browns is far more likely.

  • Giorgos Kassakos

    I am not so sure Manziel will be picked in the Top-20. Right now, he is projected in the Top-5 or Top-10 at worst, but remember, we have three months to the draft. Manziel is an intriguing player, but also carries a lot of risk. Bridgewater, Bortles and Carr are all safer picks, but Manziel gets the love right now. Ten days from now, you might see someone else in Manziel’s position.

    One thing is certain. We do not know the draftboards of the teams.

  • Pridenpoise

    Manziel would have to commit murder to fall that far down, there are to many teams that need QB’s and they are the ones picking early, I can’t say I agree with you about Bortles Bridgewater and Carr, they didn’t play anywhere near the strength of competition as Manziel. I say Bridgewater is the one with questions more so than Manziel. But we shall see.

  • Giorgos Kassakos

    Manziel as a passer is far behind these guys. He throwed contested ball multiple times and relied on his receivers to make the catch. I like the guy, he is a play maker and can make things happen with his feet, but he needs to improve as a passer to be great at the next level.

  • Pridenpoise

    His throws might seem unorthodox because he does not have the height of the other QB’s but to say he is far behind them as a passer, I don’t think so, and obviously a lot of GM’s don’t because his name is being mentioned before Carr Bridgewater Bortles, I could go on. I know we won’t know until draft day but I still say he goes in the top 5, and before at least two of the guys mentioned.

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