Philadelphia Eagles Trade McCoy to Raiders for Mariota?


Feb 21, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota throws a pass during the 2015 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Is there a way the Philadelphia Eagles can actually, practically move up higher in the 2015 NFL Draft to pick Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota? Volumes have been written on the topic of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly all but salivating every time he talks about him. NFL Insider Pat Kirwan is the first to stick his neck out and describe exactly how he thinks the Eagles will actually accomplish this. It’s a bold move by Kirwan. Non-sensical but bold.

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There are several things wrong with this “prediction.” There are very few scenarios where Kelly would give up one of the best running backs in the league. In his off-year Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy rushed for  1,319 yards and ranked for the third most rushing yards in the NFL.

Everybody has the same amount of time during the day, and you can either spend your time or invest your time…. If you want to go play video games and watch TV … you’re going to get beat out by the guy that is doing the little things-Chip Kelly

And why would the Oakland Radiers trade their number four pick for an All-Pro running back? They are in contention and won’t be for at least two years. By then McCoy‘s best years will be behind him. Doesn’t makes sense

Two consecutive first round picks? Not sure that would even be feasible. They have some aging talent on defense in Eagles linebackers DeMeco Ryans and Trent Cole. To replace that level of talent will not come cheap. Hard to think they could acquire replacements in free agency in a few years and still stay under the cap.

And why deal Foles? He has value at this point. Not as much as he did in 2013 but there is still value there. But is there enough value to get a higher pick from the Cleveland Browns or the New York Jets with no other incentives? Not likely.

And finally, it seems like the entire sporting world has Kelly angling to get Mariota in any way possible. But if you know Kelly at all, he’s very pragmatic and intelligent. He probably looked at scenarios that could land Mariota in Philly, realized there is no way to do it reasonably and moved on. He’s very deliberate in how he invests his time.

Eagles fans, best not to get too excited about this “practical” way to go about getting Mariota.