Eagles Soaring to 5th Overall
By Lance Epstein
A few days ago, Eaglesmix.com reported that the Eagles were in discussions with the Kansas City Chiefs about moving all the way up to the fifth-overall selection. Today, according to ProFootballTalk.com's Michael David Smith, the Eagles have indeed been talking to the Chiefs.
Smith reported that NFL Network's Derrin Horton, who is at Eagles' headquarters all this week, said that the Eagles have been talking about moving up as high as the No. 5 pick in the entire draft and if that trade falls through the 10th overall selection, which is currently owned by Jacksonville.
In addition, Horton confirmed Peter King of SI.com's report from last week that the Eagles were coveting safeties Eric Berry of Tennessee and Early Thomas of Texas. Moreover, he also stated that if the Eagles decided to jump to the top of the draft that they could also go in the direction of drafting a defensive end. The two names he reported were Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan or South Florida's Jason Pierre-Paul.
This is interesting news since this is the first time the Eagles have been linked to Jason Pierre-Paul. In fact, Wes Bunting of Nation Football Post is reporting that the Eagles are honing in on Pierre-Paul.
Many scouts and analyst believe Pierre-Paul is a bust waiting to happen or he will be the next elite pass rushing specialist. The analysts that love Pierre-Paul's rare athleticism (doing a series of backflips at the combine), speed and raw talent. They have even compared him to Bears' defensive end Julius Peppers. Unfortunately, the other side of the coin has evaluators questioning whether he is just a one-year wonder and if he is going to be drafted entirely too high.
If the Eagles are going to leap frog all the way to five, the most obvious choice would have to be safety Eric Berry. While the Eagles could use a defensive end to go with Trent Cole, they have no free safety on the roster that can be counted on. Marlin Jackson is recovering from a ACL tear, Quintin Demps has fallen into Andy Reid's doghouse and Macho Harris might be better off being a nickel or dime corner.
However, Mike Lombardi of NFL Network said a few moments ago that the Washington Redskins would take Eric Berry if he is available at the No. 4 pick. Still, Mike Shanahan is not stupid and he knows he desperately needs a offensive tackle so that Donovan McNabb can make it through the season.
This is probably a smokescreen to get a team that likes Berry to trade up with them. They could use the extra picks since they do not have a second rounder due to the McNabb acquisition.
Ultimately, this should be a very interesting afternoon and night for Eagles fans. They will be on the edge of their seats when the fourth and fifth picks come around.