You guys have been asking a lot of questions in regard to the draft and prospects. Let me try to answer a few.
Will the Eagles move up or move back from pick 22?
I think the Eagles would like to add more picks so moving back makes more sense. That said, if the right player falls, I think the Eagles would consider moving up. Who might be the kind of guys the team would go up for? LB Anthony Barr could be one. WR Mike Evans could be one. I wonder if TE Eric Ebron could be one. I know the Eagles have Brent Celek and Zach Ertz already, but Ebron would be one heck of an offensive weapon to add to the mix. He’s not your normal TE.
If the Eagles do move up, I think it would only be a few spots. They won’t want to give up a lot. As for moving back, they could go late 1st or even early 2nd.
Do you prefer Beckham vs Cooks?
I like Beckham quite a bit, but I’m still doing my research on Cooks. Jimmy Bama is very high on Cooks. so naturally that concerns me. Both guys are really good and the Eagles would be lucky to add either player.
Talk about big WRs.
Not all big WRs are the same. Mike Evans is 6-5, 231 and Kelvin Benjamin is 6-5, 240, but they are very different players. Evans is going to be a very high pick because he’s got athletic ability to go with his size. Benjamin is a marginal athlete. I don’t know who to compare Evans to. He’s not as special as Calvin Johnson. I don’t like him as much as I did Plaxico Burress. But Evans is pretty darn good.
The Eagles have one big WR right now. Riley Cooper is 6-3, 222. Obviously that pales in comparison to the kind of size Evans has.
While I do think Chip Kelly prefers big WRs, I don’t think he would have a problem with taking average sized players like Cooks or Beckham. If someone is really talented, Kelly is likely to look beyond size. If 2 players are equal, he’ll probably go for the bigger one.
Should the Eagles target defense early and then go for offense?
That sounds good in theory, but I do believe in the Best Player Available theory. The Eagles need more help on defense, but if better offensive players are available, take them.
Do you prefer Attaochu or Van Noy as 2nd round targets?
Different players. Attaochu would be here to play ROLB. I think Van Noy is better suited to playing ILB in the 3-4. I just don’t think he’s a dynamic enough pass rusher to play outside. I like him quite a bit, but think he’s more of a complete LB than just a pass rusher. Of the 2, I prefer Attaochu.
Is Bryce Brown trade bait?
I doubt it. Here’s the problem. Brown has big time ability, but as a RB coming off a mediocre year he would have little value. I’m not trading a talented player like Brown for just a 7th rounder. Brown has 2 years left on his rookie contract. The Eagles need to see if he can become a key player or if he can develop into a tradeable asset.