Forget Ryan Tannehill for a minute. There is a lot of speculation about the Eagles taking a QB early. To me, that means in the first 3 rounds. Others may include the 4th round so we’ll also use that. Here are the likely candidates. I do not like all these guys. This is simply a collection of the top names.
1st Round – Andrew Luck, RG3, Ryan Tannehill
2nd Round – Brandon Weeden, Kirk Cousins
3rd Round – Brock Osweiler, Russell Wilson
4th Round – Ryan Lindley, BJ Coleman
It is unlikely that the Eagles get a 1st round QB. Even the 2nd round could be tricky. It is possible Weeden goes to CLE at 22. If not he may go with their early 2nd round pick. Should he slide…would the Eagles take him? I would not be a fan of the move, but what about you guys? Would you want him here to battle for the #2 job with Kafka and Edwards?
Cousins I think is overrated, but there is a caveat. He worked with Chris Weinke in Combine prep and then threw the ball better than I’ve ever seen from him in his workouts. Maybe the pro style coaching had a significant impact on him. If so, he could be worth a 2nd rounder. Mystery guy because of that.
Osweiler I don’t like.
Wilson I think is too erratic from the pocket, but I do love his intangibles and ability to improvise.
2010 Lindley I loved. 2011…not so much.
Coleman is a I-AA guy, but has NFL talent. Played really well at the Shrine Game.
Which of these QBs do you want the Eagles to target?
Any darkhorses I didn’t name?
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I don’t know if everyone reads the comments section. Yesterday a couple of readers had great stuff they posted so I’m putting it up top to make sure everyone sees it.
From the great AC Viking on listening to Peter King’s pre-draft Eagles reports:
PETER KING – CNN
I’ve remarked on this before. Take what Peter King says about the Eagles to heart.
For example, in his 2010 mock draft he predicted the Eagles would trade up for a DE. (He was wrong on the guy but right on the move).
In 2011, he called Watkins to the Eagles basically from the day the Senior Bowl ended.
In 2009, he called Shady to the Birds (in Rd 1, not 2).
Same thing in 2008 . . .He had D-Jax to the Birds (Rd 1, not 2).
In 2007, King predicted S Brandon Meriweather to the Birds. After the Pats jumped ahead the Birds and draft Meriweather, the Eagles traded out of Rd 1. Local draftnicks have always said that BW was the guy the Eagles targeted in ’07.
King’s track record on the Eagles is pretty good.
A week or so back in MMQB, Peter King said the Eagles would spend a 2nd round pick on a QB. Besides Weeden, who’s there in Rd 2?
My point, as said before, is King gets scoop on the Birds. And if he’s saying the Eagles will draft a QB with a high pick, then I’d surmise there’s a good chance the Eagles will do exactly that . . . maybe even in Rd 1.
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From the hilarious Baloophi on who not to draft:
The annual “Ten Foot Pole” list!
This is by far one my favorite parts of the draft process. Here are my “do not touch” guys in no particular order and often with no particular reason.
QUINTIN COPLES (DE – UNC)
Inconsistent effort scares the crap out of me, but not as much as his 5-inch thick arm brands.
DONTARI POE (DT – MEMPHIS)
If you have “off the chart” measurables yet can’t produce against teams like Austin Peay, Rice, and Middle Tennessee, then maybe another chart you should be off is the depth chart.
RILEY REIFF (OT – IOWA)
Does not follow the rules. Can’t even abide by the “i before e” rule in his own last name.
JANORIS JENKINS (CB – NORTH ALABAMA)
You can’t spell “potential” without “P-O-T.” Also, if you rearrange the letters in “shut down corner” you get “use a condom”… that is if you flip the “w” upside-down to make an “m”, add an “a” and then simply ignore a bunch of letters.
ZACH BROWN (LB – UNC)
I know he covers well in space but maybe that’s where he belongs if he can’t tackle. Don’t let him become our “can you really teach tackling?” guinea pig.
BRANDON WEEDEN (QB – OKLAHOMA STATE)
Love his leadership skills. Hate that he first exhibited them in the Battle of Fort Sumter.
KEVIN ZEITLER (OG – WISCONSIN)
Last name too close to an ex-girlfriend’s.
VONTAZE BURFICT (LB – ARIZONA STATE)
I’ve got a bad feeling about him but I’m not really sure why. Seems like a solid kid with a great heart and a good head on his shoulders.
BRUCE IRVIN (DE – WEST VIRGINIA)
Had 9.5 sacks this year. Unfortunately the last one was a sign in a Jimmy Johns restaurant 30 days before the draft.
KEITH TANDY (CB – WEST VIRGINIA)
It’s 2012. If you’re still using a Tandy you’ve got problems.
KELLEN MOORE (QB – BOISE STATE)
When everyone agrees that your greatest attribute is “being an offensive coordinator in the huddle” then maybe you should be an offensive coordinator.
SCOTT WEDIGE (C – NORTHERN ILLINOIS)
Might have crippling flashbacks to junior high and chants of “Wedgie! Wedgie!” Clearly affected him enough to choose the one position where a guy has his hands under your butt all game.
AARON CORP (QB – RICHMOND)
Why draft a private equity firm?