Another mock draft, another Marcus Mariota trade involving the Philadelphia Eagles. This time it's Peter King of The MMQB making a hypothetical deal. Here's what it looks like this time:
"5) Trade: Washington gets Philadelphia’s first- and second-round picks this year, and first- and fourth-round picks in 2016. -- Washington could be moving from five to 20 in the first round by doing this deal, with GM Scot McCloughan scoring points with his new boss for not giving away the store in a trade, but rather acquiring the store. This has so many poetic points to it. The Eagles gave Donovan McNabb to Washington a few Easters ago; now Washington would be giving a longer-term quarterback, theoretically, to Chip Kelly. Kelly would be reunited with the quarterback he recruited out of a Hawaii high school and helped make a star in college football. It just feels right, though Howie Roseman will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into giving up so much draft capital for a player with some question marks."
Before I address the pick, there's some factual inaccuracy to deal with here. Howie Roseman certainly won't "have to be dragged kicking and screaming into giving up so much draft capital" because he's no longer involved in player personnel. King must have missed the part where Chip Kelly is now in complete control of the Eagles personnel decisions. Kind of a huge factor here.
Now, as for the trade with Washington, it's not all that different from what Mannish Mehta proposed in an Eagles-Jets trade last week. That trade had Philadelphia's first and second round picks in both 2015 and 2016 going to New York along with Nick Foles. 59% of Eagles fans said they would do that deal. This deal is even less expensive. In this proposed Washington-Eagles trade, Philly gets to keep Foles and their 2016 second round pick.
Seeing the Eagles trade with Washington would be a little weird for the reasons that King lists. Certainly they wouldn't want to help a division rival get their quarterback. On the other hand, maybe Washington feels they would be ripping the Eagles off and capitalizing on their mistake.
Peter King isn't the only mock drafter to recently have the Eagles trading up to get the quarterback Kelly compares to Peyton Manning. Pat Kirwan has the Birds moving up to pick No. 4 in a trade with the Oakland Raiders.
"The Eagles come up for Marcus Mariota and send their first-round pick this year and next year plus RB LeSean McCoy to the Raiders. McCoy has three years left on his contract and the Raiders have plenty of cap space to absorb the contract. If the Eagles have to throw in another player or later round pick to close the deal they should do it. Maybe they recoup some of the compensation by trading Nick Foles. Cleveland and the Jets should be interested in Foles."
Kirwan's trade only requires the Eagles to give up two picks but it does require them to part with McCoy. McCoy had a strange season in 2014. He finished third overall in rushing yards, but his efficiency wasn't good. His 4.1 yards per carry ranked 21st overall. Part of his struggles were due to poor run blocking, but there were also times where he had the opportunity to make defenders miss and he didn't. McCoy will turn 27 in November, which isn't old, but if the Eagles sense he's headed towards a drop off and aren't willing to pay him, it could make sense to get value for him while they can. The obvious problem is that dealing McCoy would open a huge hole at running back. The Eagles would have to be confident in finding a replacement through either free agency or the 2015 NFL Draft's strong running back class.
So, which deal do you like better? Or none at all?