Okay, it's draft day, and I'm finally willing to accept there will be no free agency beforehand. As annoying as that might be, the Eagles are going to get better tonight in some way, shape or form. Aren't they?
Let's have a little fun with it and lay out your best-case scenario for Thursday night's first round, and your worst-case. I suppose if you were feeling frisky you could best-case/worst-case for Friday too, or the entire NFL draft. Your call.
My original best-case was to have them sign Nnamdi or Jonathan Joseph in free agency, then draft an RG at No. 23. That would have addressed our two biggest needs off the bat (and I think it's okay to draft for need when you have a super-bowl ready team and a prospect that can step in immediately) and left room to round out the roster (LBs, more OL and CB, and BPAs) in the rest of the draft.
Given that FA never came together, nor was a Kolb trade technically possible, my best-case scenario is now this: Eagles trade their 2012 first-rounder (knowing they can recoup one by trading Kolb, and it will likely be a higher pick if it's a non-playoff team that grabs him) for one tonight, giving them two picks, which they use to draft Peterson, Amukamara or (more realistically) Smith at corner, and use their No. 23 to trade back a few spots and pick up later picks, and grab whichever O-lineman they covet who falls (Carimi, Solder or whoever fits the Mudd mold).
I obsess over specific players a little less than most, so your best-case scenarios might well be more detailed than mine. That's cool, throw them out there.
While the Eagles trading back and not drafting anyone tonight might feel like a worst-case scenario, if they have a first-round grade on whichever player they draft in the second, and they still end up with players they believe are top talents, plus more picks, I'm fine with that. I think this is the year where it's time to profit from all that ammo they've stacked up over the years, but I won't nitpick. I'll be patient.
Worst-case for me is them burning up that ammo to move up and draft another D-lineman. Look, I know the better the pass rush the better your secondary looks, but I think we've got the horses on the DL and with Washburn here to coach them, an improvement is to be expected. My personal feeling is this is one of those times where the Eagles ought to just do the obvious and grab a CB and someone who could challenge to start at RG, and then go after top free agents at those spots later just so we're not completely dependent on rookies.
What are your best and worst scenarios?