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Eagles Want to Move Up...For Berry?

SI's King Eagles Want Berry or Thomas

By Lance Epstein

With 11 draft picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Eagles could do almost anything and get any player that they truly covet. One name that has surfaced over the past couple of weeks has been premiere safety Eric Berry.

Last week, Berry was one of many players to visit the NovaCare center, which was puzzling since the Eages do not pick until No. 24 in the first round (Berry is a projected top 10 even 5 player).

Now with only six days from the draft, SI's Peter King is reporting that he believes the Eagles are among a couple of teams looking to acquire Berry or Texas' Earl Thomas. King insists that he Eagles want to move up, have the ammo to do so and thinks he has pinpointed the player(s) that they are looking at.

"Let me rephrase that -- I know they want to come up," King wrote. "The Eagles are in a very small club, teams that want to jump up from low in the first round to the upper half. I believe Philly wants one of the two safeties in the draft -- Eric Berry of Tennessee or Earl Thomas of Texas. With the 24th, 35th, 55th and 70th picks, the Eagles absolutely have the ammo to move up."

One possible trading partner that King suggests was the Dolphins at 12 because they currently do not have a second-round pick. After their first-round selection, the Dolphins are not on the clock until the 73rd pick in the third round. Of course, at 12, Berry will most likely be long gone since he is a projected top 10 pick. So the Eagles would have to find another trading partner if they truly desire him.

In order for the Eagles to get Berry and move inside the top ten, they will most likely have to trade the 24th overall selection in the draft along with the 37th overall selection acquired in the Donovan McNabb trade. Even then, this only gets them to the ninth selection (Buffalo Bills) on the NFL's drafts point value chart.

Of course, if the Cleveland Browns decided to pull the trigger on a deal for the No. 1 overall pick (to select Sam Bradford) from the Rams, then another potential trading partner could be the St. Louis Rams. Rams head coach Steve Spagnoulo has come from the Andy Reid coaching tree, so he more inclined to make a deal with the Eagles.

Additionally, if the Rams make the trade with the Brown, they will surely gain the Browns second round pick (40th overall). Then if they do an additional trade with the Eagles, they get the 24th overall pick and the 37th. Ultimately, if the Rams did both potential moves, they would have four picks in the top 40 of the draft.

The Rams have holes all over the field, therefore gaining as many picks as possible makes a ton of sense especially in a draft that is deep at the end of round one and early round two.

Is Berry worth giving up the 24th, 37th and possibly another draft pick? Yes, he might be the best defensive player (maybe even player) in the draft. Many scouts and analysts have compared his skill set and talents to former Eagle Brian Dawkins and even future Hall of Famer in Ed Reed. Plus he is a leader on the field and if Monte Kiffin (his defensive coordinator for one season) gives his approval of a player, then he must be on the verge of stardom.

Still, it is going to be very hard for the Eagles to reach all the way to seven to get Berry and he might not even be there at seven. The guy that makes much more sense is Thomas, which is not a bad thing. NFL Network's Mike Mayock has stated multiple times that he is a better prospect than Berry and is one of the most instinctive safeties coming out of college in the past decade.

Thomas' stock has risen over the last couple of days and he is a serious candidate to go in the top 12 of the draft. Although, the Eagles might have finally realized letting Brian Dawkins go last year was a giant mistake and that they need a playmaking safety. Plus counting on an injured Marlin Jackson, a undisciplined Quintin Demps and a rookie corner Macho Harris is probably not the smartest idea at free safety.

Fans have seen the Eagles trade up before to get the man they want. In 2003, the Eagles traded their second round pick and their 30th overall pick to the Chargers to select Jerome McDougle. The fans just hope that either one of these players will have a better career than McDougle.

That said the fans should be more surprised if the Eagles stay at 24 with their 11 selections considering only twice in the past seven years that the Eagles have stayed put and drafted with their original first-round draft pick.

1 comment:

  1. I think they will try and get Earl Thomas. He can be had a little cheaper. The Eagles have quite a few holes to fill and this draft is pretty important for the restocking of talent. I think to get into the top 5 will be costly and Thomas will be a better pick down the road. Also with the 37th pick, they may be able to get back in the 1st and get Kyle Wilson or Devin McCourty. I would love o see Wilson, McCourty or Kareem Jackson playing at CB this season. Also we have Jaron as DB coach which many people don't see as a big deal. But Jaron is a great DB coach, just not a good head coach. He will have our DB's ready this year. If we traded Asante Samuel too, I wouldn't be upset. Would love to see him traded to move up or for more picks...