Now that shows some solid confidence in your defense and also seems a perfectly good reason to toss an inexperienced QB right into the start of the season…but whatever. Read this, it’s incredibly interesting, Kolb-hating aside. Could this really be true?
It might sound cockamamie to suggest that one of the reasons why the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Redskins was so they wouldn’t draft Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford. ESPN’s Adam Schefter did more than suggest it, he tweeted it (Twitter continues to rule the world).
But I have to say I’m completely on board with this theory. In fact, a team source mentioned last week that it was a motivating factor and I guess I was in too much of a stupor to realize its importance.
Yes, the No. 1 reason why the Eagles dealt with Washington was because it made the best offer. And, yes, that offer — a second round draft pick and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2011 — made shipping McNabb within the division that much easier.
But the Eagles also did not want to have to deal with Bradford, a quarterback they rate very high, for the next decade. I know one Eagles coach — who would know such things — that had Bradford ranked among the better quarterback prospects over the last decade. There was a reason why offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was at Oklahoma last week to watch Bradford throw during his Senior Day.
The Eagles feared that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan would use his second-round pick to move from the No. 4 overall pick into the Rams’ top spot. St. Louis likes Bradford and could very well take him, but the team needs a complete overhaul and it may have been willing to give up the top spot to address a host of other needs.
With the trade, the Eagles not only got rid of a quarterback that became expendable, but they got two draft picks in return and they kept a future All-Pro quarterback out their division for the time being.
With all the hype from Donovan McNabb finally brushing over, we can now turn our attention to this year’s NFL Draft.
The Philadelphia Eagles hold five out of the first 87 picks in this year’s draft. My question is, will Andy Reid and his associates lean towards an upgrade at this year’s draft?
Philadelphia has been known to unleash phenomenal, out of the park trades during draft day.
I’m speculating that they may trade their first round picks of 2010 and 2011 for a top-seven pick overall this year. I know that this may seem totally bewildered but considering what has happened this offseason, anything is possible.
The Eagles scouts have been paying close attention to Tennessee safety Eric Berry. With Eric Berry projected to be a top 10 pick, the Eagles have been monitoring his progress throughout this Spring.
Now the second question is, who will give up their top first round pick?
The team that comes to mind is the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks are looking towards the future, and by doing so, I believe their first area of concern would be quarterback. The Eagles hold the 24th overall pick in this year’s draft.
If Seattle made this trade, they would be able to land Clausen or Tebow and have another first round pick in 2011.
Regardless, this is just an idea but not that farfetched. Don’t be surprised if you see Philadelphia make a package deal containing high draft picks to land Eric Berry!
Great. “NBC’s Peter King reported after Sunday night’s game that Donovan McNabb was not expected to play in Philly’s home game next week against the Chiefs. Kevin Kolb is expected to get the start, and the Eagles will have a ten play package to work Michael Vick into the game.”