Posted tagged ‘Nfl Draft’

Comments on Eagles Rumors

April 28, 2009

Dicussing the rumors regarding the Eagles acquiring Anquan Boldin and Tony Gonzalez isn’t timely, considering Gonzalez was traded to the Falcons and the Eagles drafted Jeremy Maclin.  However, I still want to touch on a few points. 

  1. Too much speculation and not enough facts being reported by the national and local media. Just because the Eagles needed a tight end and a big-time wide receiver and Boldin and Gonzalez were available doesn’t mean the Eagles would trade the house to pick these guys up. I want to see credible sources quoted. Mostly, we see the Eagles saying that they haven’t discussed anything and the other teams saying everyone is calling. It makes no sense. I just want accurate reporting.
  2. Would Gonzalez and Boldin have helped the Eagles? Absolutely. Boldin would be the best receiver the Eagles have had since T.O. Gonzalez, while at the end of his career, would have been a significant upgrade. However, the Eagles picked up a tight end and a wide receiver in the draft that potentially, could fill the void these guys may have filled.
  3. The Eagles have proven that a free agent or a player acquired in a trade is not necessarily better than a drafted player, specifically at the skill positions. Aside from T.O., the Eagles have barely touched the free agent wide receiver and tight end market. Matt Schobel and Kevin Curtis are the only two non-Eagles drafted wide receiver and tight end that has had any impact (T.O. excluded).

It still pains me to think that the front office may actually be right, but at least for now, I am willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Eagles Draft and Trade Thoughts

April 27, 2009

 

Maclin @ Missouri, athlonsports.com

Maclin @ Missouri, athlonsports.com

To give the Eagles front office a pat on the back is a little tough for me, considering I am usually not a fan, but I think they did an admirable job managing the draft and trades that coincided with the draft.  The first two picks, Maclin and McCoy, are both excellent additions to the offense in areas of need.  Picking up the TE Ingram, potentially, could be a huge steal in the middle rounds.  People question, including himself, his blocking abilities. Regardless, a tight end that can stretch the field is going to be an excellent improvement.  Harris, Tupuo, Gibson and Fokou provide depth in their specific areas.

 

The Eagles gave up very little, in my opinion, to get Jason Peters.  If he continues to develop into a world class left tackle, the Peters trade and subsequent contract would pale in comparison.  Ellis Hobbs, an excellent depth cornerback provides some good insurance against a sulking Sheldon Brown.  Hobbs will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this upcoming season, so depending on the Eagles corner back situation and Hobbs’ play; he could be in the market for a contract extension from the Eagles.  Also, Hobbs’ comments on coming to the Eagles were very team and winning focused, as well as discussions on how excited he is to come to the Eagles.  So it looks like Hobbs is all about the Eagles.  I can dig it.

 

The Eagles made some great trades, had a solid draft, surprised a few people and picked up additional picks for 2010.  In total, the Eagles will have 9 picks, not including any compensatory picks that will be determined by the league at a later date.

 

Eagles had a solid weekend, can’t say the same for the Flyers and Sixers.

Eagles Draft – Day 1

April 25, 2009

I was keeping track of the NFL draft via channel flipping and an occasional view of NFL.com, due to the Flyers playing in game 6 of the NHL playoffs (more on that later).  Usually, I would be watching the draft live with plenty of draft materials and predictions, but the Flyers in the playoffs took precedence.  Needless to say, I was a little disappointed that the Eagles took a wide receiver with their first pick (after a minor trade).  They could have traded that first round pick for Anquan Boldin.  After some further thoughts, I like the pick of the receiver.  Boldin would have been a great fit for the Eagles, but the price and potential complaints (WR prima donnas) may not have been worth it.  If Maclin delivers, Boldin will be forgotten.  If Maclin is a bust, it’s Freddie Mitchell all over again.

Some great news in the second round, LeSean McCoy out of Pitt and a Harrisburg native, fell to the Eagles.  He may lack some size and explosiveness, but he finds the end zone and is a solid threat to catch passes out of the backfield.

After the first two rounds of draft, the Eagles have upgraded two positions of need. 

McNabb should be happy.

I still have a few posts coming regarding Shawn Andrews, Sheldon Brown and my consistent distaste for Coach Reid.