All posts by Eric

Mega-trade in the works?

There is a nasty little rumor circulating that the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cincinnati Bengals have “agreed in principle” on a trade that would see the Eagles send disgruntled CB Lito Sheppard and one of their first round draft picks in next year’s draft to the Bengals for their equally disgruntled WR Chad Johnson. Although this is not necessarily a “new” rumor, the latest twist is that both teams are keeping it a secret until June 1st, where certain contractual issues that are currently preventing a deal to occur would resolve themselves.

Just think about it for a moment. Chad Johnson on one side, Reggie Brown (now the #2 receiver) on the other. Kevin Curtis line up in the slot (ala Wes Welker). LJ Smith over tackle, and B-West in the backfield. You tell me, what defense can cover all of those options??? (hint: the answer is NONE)

Wrap-up of Eagles Draft

The 2008 NFL Draft is in the books, and as usual the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles brain trust is being hotly contested. The prevailing opinion going into this draft was that the Eagles needed to trade up and make a splash in order to obtain a bona fide difference maker who could help this team right away. As it turned out, the Eagles traded out of their first round spot (#19 overall) and obtained additional draft picks, including the Carolina Panthers 1st round pick in next year’s draft. Overall, this is how the Eagles drafted per position:

Offensive Line – 3 (OG Mike McGlynn, OT Mike Gibson, and OT King Dunlap)

Defensive Line – 2 (DT Trevor Laws and DE Bryan Smith)

Linebacker – 2 (Joe Mays and Andy Studebaker)

Defensive Back -2 (S Quintin Demps and CB Jack Ikegwuonu)

Wide Receiver – 1 (DeSean Jackson)

Running Back – 1 (Lorenzo Booker – acquired via trade from Miami Dolphins)

Some observations:

I can only hope that defensive line coach Juan Castillo can wave his magic wand and coach up OT King Dunlap. Have you seen this kid’s size yet? He is 6’9″, 310 lbs. SIX FOOT NINE!! Holy crap, that is a big dude. Dunlap had an elbow injury his senior season at Auburn and lost his starting job because of it. Here’s an interesting twist. Apparently, it is projected that his frame can support about 25 more pounds of muscle, but he has had trouble in the past keeping pounds…ON! Yeah, I know EXACTLY how that feels…

WR DeSean Jackson has a Manayunk-sized chip on his shoulder after falling to the second round. He feels like he is a first round talent and plans to come into the NFL and prove everyone wrong. Hopefully, he reports with the right attitude (a concern from his college days) and gets his nose into the playbook. I am not looking for too much out of him as a wideout in 2008-09, but the jobs of primary punt returner and kick returner are already his to lose, and that is where he can make an immediate impact.

CB Jack Ikegwuonu was projected as an early second rounder, but he tore up his knee in January while preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine. A physical corner, he is not overly quick and projects as a safety in the NFL. With 11 picks in the draft, I can certainly understand the Eagles taking a risk on a guy that may project to be a valuable player but has fallen for whatever reason. However, that being said, don’t you think the time to do that is a little later – maybe the 5th or 6th round? They used a 4th round pick (#131 overall) on a guy who will not contribute at all this year and oh, by the way, has some legal issues hovering over his head. Really? Really?

Before we start giving this year’s draft class a final grade, consider this. I do not think that the Eagles are done with the assets that they acquired. Let’s wait until the June/July timeframe, when Chad Johnson and his agent (Drew Rosenhaus – have you hear of him?) make life so miserable for the Cincinnati Bengals that they get to the point where they HAVE to trade him. With the Eagles sitting there with TWO first round draft picks next year, as well as whatever picks they might get from a Lito Sheppard trade, they will be sitting in a GREAT position to strike a deal. I’m just saying…

Will the Eagles be active on Day 2?

The Philadelphia Eagles currently have 9 picks in Day 2 of the NFL Draft, with the first being #80 overall in the 3rd round. The Eagles were certainly active on Day 1, making a total of three trades that netted them additional picks in this year’s draft as well as an additional 1st round pick in next year’s draft (from Carolina). WR DeSean Jackson, drafted yesterday in the second round, should immediately become the Eagles kickoff and punt returner, and with 4.3 speed he should address a glaring need. DT Trevor Laws, also drafted yesterday, should provide good depth at the position and be a part of a dynamic rotation.

Look for the Eagles to address the offensive line with their next pick. In the 4th round, the Eagles have three selections (including a compensatory pick). If they use them all, they should be able to make some nice “value” picks there.

Stay tuned for updates!!

UPDATE (10:50 AM) – With the #80 pick in the 3rd round, the Eagles have selected 6’2″, 231 lb. DE Bryan Smith. Well, I was half right as they DID take a lineman. Seriously, why should I be making predictions at this point? I am not sure what their thinking was with this pick – am I the only one overly concerned about Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan making it through another season? Didn’t we sign Chris Clemons in the off-season as a free agent defensive end? I feel that DE is really not a position we needed to address in the 3rd round. With his “size”, he will obviously be asked to transition to linebacker, but where is he going play on the Eagles?

UPDATE (12:20 PM) – With the #109 pick in the 4th round, the Eagles have selected OG Mike McGlynn. FINALLY! The Eagles have shown a propensity to draft for the future and to also provide depth, so this pick make a lot of sense to me. McGlynn has also played some Offensive Tackle, but projects to be a Guard in the NFL.

UPDATE (12:50 PM) – With the #117 pick in the 4th round, the Eagles have selected S Quintin Demps.   Demps has good size and great speed, having been clocked at 4.38 in the 40.  Once again, the Eagles are sticking with their system and drafting for the future.  In this case, the future might be as soon as next year with the current status of Brian Dawkins so this pick should not be a surprise.

Eagles active on Draft Day

The Philadelphia Eagles traded their 1st round pick (19th overall) to the Carolina Panthers for their 2nd and 4th round picks in this year’s draft as well as the Panthers 1st round pick in next year’s draft. My opinion – I think that once the two offensive tackles went at 14 and 15, there were no more players left that the Birds wanted to spend a 1st round pick on. So, they now have twelve…TWELVE! picks remaining in this draft. The one thing that I find VERY interesting with this move is the 1st round pick from the Panthers in next year’s draft because let’s face it, the Panthers should, uh, SUCK this year!!!

The Eagles, as of now, will make the 43rd and 49th overall picks in the second round. I am absolutely GLUED to the TV!!

UPDATE (6:52 PM) – The Eagles have traded a 4th round pick (#115 overall) to the Miami Dolphins for RB Lorenzo Booker. The first thing that I thought of was, “Has there even been an Eagle with the first name Lorenzo?”

I do not know too much about Booker, but as Tommy Lawlor mentioned on our show last week, is this the end for Ryan Moats?

UPDATE (7:35 PM) – OK, are the Eagles going to make a frigging pick today? The Eagles traded their 2nd round pick obtained from the Panthers, as well as a 5th rounder, to the Vikings for their second round pick (47th overall) and an additional 4th round pick. It has been hard to keep up, but I think I finally figured it out. The Eagles currently have every single draft pick in the 4th round tomorrow!!!

UPDATE (7:45 PM) – Well, the pick is in. With the 47th pick, the Eagles have selected Trevor Laws, DT from Notre Dame.  Another year, another D-line pick from Andy Reid.  WHAT ABOUT OFFENSIVE TACKLE? WHAT ABOUT WIDE RECEIVER?  Well, at least we got a solid, high-character kid from Notre Dame.

UPDATE (7:50 PM) – With their original pick in the second round (49th overall), the Eagles have selected DeSean Jackson!!  HOT DAMN!!!  A speed WR!! A playmaker for McNabb!!  I cannot stop using exclamation points!!

2008 NFL Schedule has been released

The NFL has released the full schedule for the upcoming 2008 season. At first glance, the Eagles schedule looks full of some good opportunities to shine in the national spotlight. We have two Monday night games, two Sunday night games, and a home game against the Arizona Cardinals on Thanksgiving night! Battle lines have already been drawn in thousands of homes in the tri-state area, including mine.

In related news, the Dallas Cowboys have four…FOUR!..1:00 games scheduled. That’s right, folks. The ‘Boys will either be in prime-time or nationally televised for 12 out of their 16 games. I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. Also, the Super-Bowl runner up New England Patriots have been given the EASIEST schedule based on strength of their opponent’s 2007 records. Is there no justice? The NFL is a pandering group of greedy misanthropes (thanks Chuck!).