No, that's no typing error, this is the case for trading up. I think we have all come to believe the Eagles truly have a plethora of options in the upcoming draft. But the one option we may all be forgetting is one that perhaps makes most sense, a trade up. Now such a radical strategy wouldn't truly be worth considering unless the prize were something worth the effort. How about the #1 overall pick( brains explode worldwide). That's right, I believe we could extort the Andy connection just enough to make a blockbuster move and not cripple our assets. Making a move that could improve the franchise immediately and make the Eagles a relevant franchise as soon as next year.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a few needs that are obvious to any observer, being a 3-4 interior lineman and an offensive tackle. I personally believe the Eagles have the ammunition to wrangle a starting quality or perhaps even All-Star player at each of these positions. The Chiefs have openly been shopping Branden Albert for weeks now leading up to the draft. The Chiefs have been asking for a high second round pick according to multiple sources, something which the Eagles possess. However, I think as the draft looms nearer and nearer the Chiefs might lower that price to a level that is much more reasonable. It has also been reported that the Chiefs are "aching for a trade partner" in regards to the #1 overall pick. This is where the Eagles come in to save the Chiefs day. What if there was a possibility the Eagles could find a way to ascertain both the starting tackle we so desire as well as any player in the draft we so desire. What I'm proposing is simple, if the Eagles were to offer a 2013 1st, 2nd,3rd,and a 2014 3rd as well a conditional later round pick in 2014; I think that would be enough to acquire the Chiefs 2013 1st, Branden Albert, and a late pick in either 2013 or 2014.
I know the size of such an offer often makes fans anxious, but once broken down the deal makes a lot of sense. Firstly, the Eagles would have their pick of prospects at the #1 spot. The hole in the interior line could be filled with Sharif Floyd, a dominant pass rusher would be available in the form of Dion Jordan, and if the Eagles see fit to take another player like Geno Smith or Chance Warmack/ Jonathan Cooper or even another tackle could be taken depending on how the Eagle feel about the development of Jason Peters. As for the 2013 2nd round pick, let's break that down. This is assumedly what we are trading for Branden Albert. looking at he proverbial big board, the elite tackles will be gone, meaning that there won't be any tackles at the Eagles second round pick that have the potential of Albert. Meaning we get a starter where we otherwise wouldn't according to most draftniks. As to the two third rounders, such is the price of moving up, but worry not. Eventually the Eagles will trade either Nick Foles, who is worth at least a third rounder and possibly more. Also, don't be surprised if Jeremy Maclin is on the trading block sooner rather than later. So, even though we pay a steep price to move up, be assured that the Eagles will acquire some picks for next year when teams are looking to fill needs either this year or next year.
It has been reported as of late the the Dolphins are pursuing Albert, so whether or not this could ever take place is "Up In The Air" (Clooney reference). But I thin the case is incredibly strong that the Eagles will either move up or down in the upcoming draft, which I totally agree with. Picking at the fourth overall pick seems to be of much less value than moving around in the first round. So, whatever the Eagles do April 25th, expect some action.