EVERYONE has their idea of who, or what the Eagles should pick in the Draft this year. We need a Safety. We need a Wide Reciever. We need depth on the O-line. We need a replacement for Trent Cole, who isn’t getting any younger.
This is all true, and hardly a secret. What isn’t necessarily true is that anybody, including the Eagles, knows in what order these things have to be prioritized in.
Free Agency will have a lot to say about this Draft. More than it seems most people realize. If you pick up a guy in FA (of course paying him a ton of money with a lot of it guaranteed), odds are that you want him to start. Any FA you pay a ton of money is also not signing a one or two year deal. This makes them far too expensive to sit. Likely for 2-3 years. At least.
If you draft a guy in the first two rounds you want him starting soon. By soon I mean no later than Day One of the following season. Otherwise you’ve more than likely wasted a pick.
I say this because if the Eagles sign say…a Safety in FA, drafting one high means the pick has to sit behind the FA, (who again is guaranteed at least this year’s large salary). That would stunt our youth movement’s growth. I say youth movement because we still have a young Safety in Earl Wolff.
Once again, understand that I’m only using the Safety position as an example. This could be any position. We may not know all the Eagles FA targets or even if a trade is in the works. So until FA is over with, there can be no real prioritization of what, let alone who, to grab in the Draft.
So I’m just going to hang back and take a look at the Scouting Combine, and see what March 11th brings us. Don’t expect me to shoot my mouth off about the Draft until April. I’m thinking the biggest thing we need for this Draft may be some patience, so we don’t end up jumping the gun.