A theme post the SB Nation NFL sites have been done in the past and will continue to do throughout this upcoming season is "Which [opposing team's] player would [your favorite team's] fans take?" With the Eagles set to take on the Indianapolis Colts this week, it's time to address the question.
The first option that comes to mind is one that's off the table: outside linebacker Robert Mathis. Mathis, 33, finished with 19 sacks in 2013. It goes without saying he'd give the Eagles' pass rush a real boost. The problem is that Mathis is not only suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season, but he also recently tore his Achilles and will be out for the year.
Sticking with the theme of defense, the next player of interest would be cornerback Vontae Davis. The 5-11, 204 lb Davis only had one interception in 2013 but he was among the top of the league in passes defensed. Many would welcome Davis as an upgrade over the ever-so inconsistent Eagles starting cornerback Cary Williams.
Now let's switch over to offense. The first option that comes to mind is quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck, having been the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is often hailed as the next great quarterback of his generation. He's obviously a tough competitor and a great athlete who has carried his Colts team to a number of wins. It's interesting, however, when you compare Luck's statistics through 21 games to those of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Foles has the better completion percentage (62.9% to 55.4%), touchdown-to-interception ratio (5.0 to 1.3), and yards per pass attempt (8.4 to 6.4). With that said, it'd be incredibly fun to see Luck play under Chip Kelly.
Colts wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Reggie Wayne would draw consideration. Hilton's 5-9 size might work against him in the eyes of Kelly. I can't speak to how he is as a run blocker. Wayne, on the other hand, turns 36 in November so he's not a viable long-term option.
Offensive tackles Gosder Cherilus and Anthony Castonzo aren't players I'd normally consider in this activity. Due to the state of the Eagles' injured offensive line, however, either player would likely give the Eagles an upgrade over Andrew Gardner starting at right tackle.
I would end up taking Luck. Davis seems like a nice option for the defense but quarterback obviously matters way more than cornerback.
Who would you take?