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2009 Eagles Draft: What to Expect

By: Nick Popyack

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       With the NFL draft only a day away, there are many speculations as to what will happen. Sure, there will be a lineman taken somewhere because Andy Reid can never have enough depth, but what else can we expect? Draft analysts are predicting the Eagles to do one of several things, but common sense indicates they will do something completely different.

       Here’s the thing about the Eagles and first round draft picks. If there isn’t the player that they want at whatever pick they possess, they will [and have] trade away their first round pick for more draft choices, either in the current draft or in next year’s draft.

       When addressing the first round talent in this year’s draft, there are only three or four names that are consistently talked about with the Eagles: TE Brandon Pettigrew, RB Knowshon Moreno, RB Chris Wells, and RB Donald Brown.

       The mind-set behind these projected draft picks is the Eagles need either a better tight end or a running back to help out Brian Westbrook. Personally, I don’t think any of these guys will be drafted by the Eagles, at least not in the first round.

       The Eagles no doubt need to draft a tight end. Their roster has only Brent Celek and Matt Schobel as tight ends on the official roster, and one other on the practice squad. They could use some depth, but the way Celek played at the tail-end of the ’08 season and in the playoffs leads me to believe they aren’t looking for a new starter. Celek has emerged, and the Eagles won’t be replacing him any time soon.

       The Eagles also need to draft a running back of some sort. I just don’t see them taking one of the first round talents. I don’t say this because the Eagles won’t be interested in them; I say it because in last year’s draft, many teams found great backs late in the draft. Matt Forte and Ray Rice were taken in the second round, Kevin Smith, Jamaal Charles and Steve Slaton were third round selections, Tashard Choice was a fourth rounder, Tim Hightower was selected in the fifth round, and Peyton Hillis was taken in the seventh and final round of the draft. My point is there will be plenty of running backs in the draft, and the Eagles will likely get the one [or maybe more] they really want.

       So the Eagles won’t take any of the four players I mentioned. What’ll happen then? Will they trade away their first round pick a third year in a row, when they originally had two to work with? … Yeah, probably. Look for a deal to be made that is similar to the one last year with the Panthers: The Eagles gave away their #19 pick for a first rounder the next year and a second and fourth round pick that year. I’m sure they’ll expect a similar deal to be made this time tomorrow.

       When looking at the rest of the Eagles draft picks [they currently have 10], there is one thing that stands out more than others: The Eagles also have four fifth round draft choices. With an eighth of the draft’s fifth round talent going to one team, the other teams will likely be willing to make deals to acquire some of their picks. Some notable fifth round choices over the past few years: [formerly mentioned] RB Tim Hightower, WR Steve Breaston, TE Kevin Boss, TE Brent Celek, LB Omar Gaither, DE Trent Cole, RB Michael Turner, P Mike Scifres, DE Aaron Kampman, and DB Jermaine Phillips. The Eagles will surely be making something happen either in this year’s draft or next year’s regarding their plethora of picks.

       Well, we’re only a day away and I couldn’t be more excited. Personally, I’ll be paying close attention to Mike Mayock of NFL Network; he’s the best draft analyst I’ve ever seen, and makes Mel Kiper look like a novice. No matter which mock draft you’re following [Maybe even your own? Submit a first round projection below], it’s sure to be one hell of a weekend for the National Football League.

       Here’s the draft order for the Eagles:

Round 1, #21 [21 overall]
Round 2, #21 [53]
Round 3, #21 [85]
Round 5, #5 [141]
Round 5, #17 [153]
Round 5, #21 [157]
Round 5, #23 [159]
Round 6, #21 [194]
Round 6, #22 [195]
Round 7, #21 [230]

       -Pope

1 comment:

  1. i will go crazy...crazy that we picked a WR who has problems catching the ball and running routes...pretty crucial aspects for WR's...I mean if they were going to pick a WR in the first round anyway, why not trade it to Arizona for Anquan Boldin, someone who is proven in the league...instead lets put out chips in a basket of a man rated at a -C/D at WR...nothing like a draft pick like that to get me excited for the season...

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