No. 22, Philadelphia. Keep hearing they want in on the prime receiver action, and the receiver they want could be LSU’s Odell Beckham, who can play outside, inside in the slot and as a returner. But the Eagles would have to trade up, and GM Howie Roseman is doing his due diligence, talking to at least two teams in the mid-round neighborhood, when Beckham would likely go. But the cost could be too rich for the Eagles’ blood. They may have to settle for Marqise Lee, who would be some consolation prize.
Beckham Jr. grades out quite favorably compared to his peers in the upcoming class. There are some that see him as the third-best player after Evans and Clemson’s Sammy Watkins. There is little doubt that he would be able to make an impact with the Eagles.
My only question mark regarding King’s report is to whether Philadelphia would actually use additional resources on a player that plays the deepest position in the class. If they are head-over-heels about Beckham Jr. and are convinced he will become the next great Eagles receiver, maybe they make a move. However, the other name mentioned by King in his column (Marqise Lee) has also been linked a fair amount to Philadelphia and I imagine the USC product will be available when the Eagles pick at 22. King’s sources are light years beyond what I could hope to defend, but this is more of a gut-feeling for me. If the Eagles DO end up trading up in the first round, I believe it will be for an impact defensive player or Mike Evans if he somehow falls out of the top ten. With the draft on Thursday, expect rumors like this to only intensify as the smokescreens continue to billow and the chess-match that is the NFL Draft draws upon us.