NJ.com – 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. The Eagles have the 20th overall pick — and Mariota, who could go as high as No. 1, is not expected to fall out of the top five picks. The first day of the draft is April 30. “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.” Asked if he thought it could happen, the response was telling. “Can it happen?” he asked. “I don’t know. But they’re going to try.”
AGHHHHHHHHHH. Too much crap with too much time before the draft.
Here’s my view of the Eagles trying to get Marcus Marriota: If he slides, grab him. No offense to Footlong Foles, but Mariotta is the perfect player for Chip’s system. If you’re going to give Chip complete control then you have to grab his guy if he’s there. However, if you have to give up your kidney, a first born, and, most importantly, Fletcher Cox with a dickload of 1st round picks, no thank you. And honestly, I think Mariotta does slip. Maybe not to 20, but possibly to a spot where the Eagles can realistically snag him without giving up the farm. EVERY FREAKING YEAR there are QB’s who are projected to maybe go first overall that fall down the charts. Last year this time it was all about Teddy Bridgewater. Johnny Football was high up on the list, too. Aaron Rodgers
and Big Ben both dropped to the mid-20’s. Shit, people were even talking about Geno Smith going #1 overall. A lot of things can happen between now and draft time. Let’s all relax, even though there’s nothing else to fucking talk about in this town. Dammit Flyers and Phillies. Just…dammit (Sixers get a pass cause at least they have a plan).
Also very important to note, there have been multiple big named Eagles (Shady, Maclin, Matthews among a few) coming forward saying Nick Foles is their QB and leader. Love it. If we go into next season with Nick Foles as our QB I am 100% behind it. In fact, if the Eagles get Mariotta he should still sit behind Foles. This team is in win-now mode and I believe in Big Dick Nick over a rookie any day of the week. If a Brady/Bledsoe or Caepernick/Smith situation arises, so be it. That’ll be a great problem to have.