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Eagles are "going to try" to trade up for Marcus Mariota in 2015 NFL Draft, per report

Well, sure.

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According to a report from's Mark Eckel, the Philadelphia Eagles are going to try to trade up for Marcus Mariota in the 2015 NFL Draft. From the report:

"Admitting it's not going to be easy, a person familiar with the Eagles' offseason plans says the team "is going to try'' to move up in the NFL Draft to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. [...] 'From No. 20, it's certainly not going to be easy,' said the person, who requested anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak on the subject. 'It's probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There's going to be some wheeling and dealing involved.' [...] 'Can it happen?'' he asked. "I don't know. But they're going to try.'"

Why it makes sense

Chip Kelly hasn't made his love for Mariota a secret. Kelly recently compared his former Oregon Ducks quarterback to future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning. Nick Foles struggled in 2014 and is a free agent after the 2015 season. Mariota is Kelly's "guy" and he could be willing to do what it takes to get him, especially now that he's in change of the player personnel department.

Why it doesn't

Considering Mariota is one of the top two quarterbacks in this draft class, he could easily be gone way before the Eagles are on the clock at pick No. 20. If that's the case, the Eagles will need to offer a big package in order to trade up high enough to get him. There's no guarantee their offer would interest other teams if they want to stay put and take the prospect that they like.

Likelihood: 9/10

9/10? Yeah, I would imagine it's pretty likely the Eagles at least TRY to move up for Mariota. But the realistic chances of the move actually happening? Well, that's probably more like 2/10. It could tough for Philadelphia to move up high enough from No. 20.

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