There may not be another team in the NFL with more smoke surrounding them as far as their intentions for this weekend’s NFL Draft. Perhaps it is the fact that the league still does not know a whole lot about head coach Chip Kelly, and therefore cannot peg a type of player as his preference. There’s also seeing the boldness with which the Eagles front office have approached this offseason, releasing DeSean Jackson after a career season. It could just be that the Eagles are so good at keeping their intentions under wraps, that agents just throw anything and everything against the wall to drum up interest.
With the draft just a few days away, some of the prevailing rumors have the Eagles trying to trade up for Odell Beckham Jr., pursuing a move for Johnny Manziel, and a number of other noteworthy nuggets. This evening, during his weekly hit with Mike Missanelli, ESPN reporter Sal Paolantonio added a bit more sizzle to the neverending rumor mill surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles. Sal Pal seems to think that the Eagles are in the market for a top-ten player, but not necessarily Manziel.
“How much are they willing to give up to go up there, and who is a possible dance partner? They would have to basically break the bank, there is no question you would have to give up next year’s No. 1 to do it. No. 22 this year, No. 1 next year, and maybe a third-round pick this year and next year…They are burning up the phones trying to get a top wide receiver,”
Without naming names, one has to think that Paolantonio is referring to either Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans as the potential targets that high up in the first round. As impressive as both prospects are, that’s a lot of ammunition to try to move up for a receiver in a class this strong. While the aforementioned pair of players are a cut above the rest, there is a strong enough crop of talent behind Watkins and Evans that make a move of this magnitude somewhat puzzling. If they are in love with Manziel or find a situation where they could possibly land Khalil Mack, this type of jump makes a bit more sense. Either way, the smoke surrounding the Eagles continues to build up as the draft draws near and, by Thursday night, it’s impossible to imagine what this organization has up their sleeve.