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Eagles vs. Rams: Which St. Louis player would Philadelphia take?

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How about the 2013 Defensive Player of the Year?

Dilip Vishwanat

A theme post the SB Nation NFL sites have been done in the past and will continue to do throughout this season is "Which [opposing team's] player would [your favorite team's] fans take?" With the Eagles set to take on the St. Louis Rams this week, it's time to address the question.

Offense

The Rams aren't exactly known for a great offense. Then again, it was the Philadelphia Eagles who could not score a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers this past Sunday. A lot of those struggles were due to Philadelphia's offensive line. The Eagles could steal Rams starting left tackle Jake Long and figure out whether to move him, Jason Peters, or Lane Johnson on the inside at left guard.

In terms of skill players, Tavon Austin is intriguing. The Rams drafted Austin No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft but he's been a disappointment this far. In 15 games played (3 started) for the Rams, Austin has recorded 43 receptions on 73 targets for 452 yards (10.5 average) for 4 TD. He's also contributed as a runner with 177 yards and 1 TD on 14 attempts (12.6). The diminutive Austin (5-9, 173 lbs) has fumbled 6 times. As a punt returner, Austin has fielded 33 punts for 280 yards, 1 TD, and a long of 98.  Austin averages 7.8 yards per return.

Still, Austin is only 23 and it's hard not to feel Chip Kelly and the Eagles could get the most out of the talented young play-maker.

Defense

Robert Quinn.

Do I really need to explain this one? The Rams' 4-3 defensive end was the PFWA Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. The 6-4, 264 pound Quinn is only 24. He finished tied in the NFL for sacks with 19. Quinn also recorded 21 quarterback hits, 51 quarterback hurries, and 45 run stops. He's a monster. The Eagles' need a better pass rush and Quinn could give Philadelphia's defense a big boost.

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Who would you take?