Should The Eagles Trade Down?
By Scott Daniels
Fancy sports car or two sedans? A two-screen desktop or an ipad? One potential great lineman or two potential lineman with great upside? The Eagles are currently on the clock, and they have hours before they decide to use their No. 4 selection in the 2013 NFL draft, or trade down presumably for more picks.
Back to “great upside” for a moment. I hate that classification; the phrase is irrelevant. Anyone selected in the NFL draft has accomplished an incredible feat by getting drafted. Whether they succeed at the NFL level is yet to be determined. These players are chosen on how they performed at the collegiate level — for the most part. They all have great upside.
But I digress. The Eagles’ war room at the moment probably resembles a charity telethon with Chip Kelly, Howie Roseman and the rest of management fielding offers for their highly coveted Top 5 selection. Teams desperate for a quarterback are scrambling to somehow acquire Geno Smith, whose stock has fluctuated more than a volatile tech stock. One day, he’s the next Cam Newton; and the next, he’s a mediocre talent in a poor draft class.
The Eagles could hold the key for some team looking to acquire Smith in exchange for more picks. So the real question is, do the Eagles trade down and give up their chance to get a highly coveted offensive lineman like Eric Fisher or Lane Johnson in exchange for additional picks either the first or second round? Is the depth there at the offensive line position to double up on the position with later picks, or should they keep their fourth pick and gamble on a guy like Lane Johnson?
The answer to this question is simple. The Eagles should not trade their pick. As of now, they have nine selections in this year’s draft, with four coming in the seventh round — that’s a solid amount of potential talent. Keyword is “potential” because while these picks will be scrutinized and broken down more than a Supreme Court legal brief, none of them are guarantees.
So many questions, so little time. The clock is ticking.