Will Pierre-Paul Be An Eagle?
By Lance Epstein
According to SI's Peter King and National Football Post's Wes Bunting, the Philadelphia Eagles are trying to move up in tonight's first round to snatch premiere defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul out of the University of South Florida.
Last week, King said that the Eagles were targeting safeties Eric Berry or Earl Thomas, but now in his pre-draft "10 Things" article posted a couple of hours ago he has heard a new rumor. He said he is "hearing the object that the Eagles' trade-up affections is South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul."
King added that the Eagles feel that Pierre-Paul's skill-set is very similar to Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Still, King believes that the Eagles would have to move up to No. 8 to acquire him since Oakland covets him as well. Ultimately King says that if Pierre-Paul goes to the Raiders, the Eagles could trade with Jacksonville, Denver or Miami (10, 11 and 12) and get Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan.
If the Eagles truly want him, then they will have to move past the Raiders to get Pierre-Paul. This means they will most likely have to work a deal out with the Kansas City Chiefs who own the fifth-overall selection. However, if they do manage to get that high and safety Eric Berry is on the board, it would be very hard to pass on him. Scouts consider him to be the surest thing to a lock in this year's draft.
That said, reports have surfaced that Washington would select Berry if he is there at four (will be). Certainly the Redskins surprise people and take him since he would be the best available player on their board. However, they have huge holes at both tackle positions. They cannot afford to pass on tackles Russell Okung or Trent Williams, who could turn out to great left tackles for the next decade.
Additionally, if they decide to hold off on a tackle, they better have something up their sleeves. Considering that they play in the NFC East, where have to square off against defensive ends Trent Cole, DeMarcus Ware and Justin Tuck six times a year. They need to have someone that can hold the fort and prevent Donovan McNabb from being road kill.
Do not be surprised if the Redskins try to trade out of No. 4 with the Browns or Seahawks, who covet Okung. Both of those teams will try to get him before Kansas City's selection and might be willing give up a second round pick along with their first-rounders. This way the Redskins could get Berry at six or seven and grab a tackle with the newly acquired second-round pick.