Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Eagles were lined up to deal a 2nd round pick for QB Colin Kaepernick, but instead turned that down so they could focus on drafting QB Russell Wilson in the 3rd round.
More than a few fans were irate at this report.
I’m more curious than irate.
It is possible the Eagles talked to the Niners about Kaepernick, but the Eagles had pick 46 and pick 51. SF had invested pick 36 in Kaepernick the year before. The Eagles weren’t going to deal both 2′s. Were they going to throw in other picks? Was SF looking to dump Kaepernick and lose the value?
The part about focusing on Russell Wilson in the 3rd round is utterly ridiculous to me. If the Eagles made draft plans around Wilson, they would have taken him with pick 59, which they got when they moved down from 51 in a deal with the Packers. You don’t build a draft plan around a 3rd round player. If you like someone that much, you take them in the 1st or 2nd round, especially as a QB.
I have a hard time believing this report as stated.
Feels like an agent or front office member fed a story to Schefter. The story may be based in reality, but trumped up beyond that. I could definitely see the Eagles calling SF about Kaepernick. I find it hard to believe Jim Harbaugh would be willing to part with someone he drafted so quickly, unless he was getting a major return.
I’ll let you know if I hear anything about this, but I wouldn’t get worked up over it.
We do know that Andy Reid liked Russell Wilson a lot. That’s the guy he wanted in the 3rd round, but Seattle jumped up and grabbed him. The Eagles then moved on to their next target, Nick Foles.
Lots of coulda, shoulda, woulda going on here. Will be interesting to look back in a decade and judge things.