As the hours tick down to the NFL Draft on Thursday night, there will be too many rumors to count. One being floated this morning by ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio is that the Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman could be looking to parlay his 10 draft picks into a big splash at the top of the first round.
[A]ccording to a number of league sources, Roseman has been snooping around to see what it would take to move up in the first round, perhaps into the top 10, to add a blue-chip defensive prospect, perhaps Tennessee safety Eric Berry, who was the only top-10 player in this draft to visit the Eagles at their Novacare practice facility.
Option No. 1: Go for broke by trying to trade into the top 10 and select Berry. Possible trade partner: the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 5. Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli is said to be interested in moving down. But to move from No. 24 to No. 5 will take multiple picks, including the 2010 selection the Eagles acquired from the Redskins in the McNabb deal, No. 37.
And Roseman might not want to make that deal.
“I like the idea of having the fifth pick in the draft on Day 2,” he said. Indeed, after the close of business on Thursday night, the Eagles can put a “for sale” sign on that 37th pick and fetch a hefty price from a team desperate to move up in the second round on Friday.
“There is no way I would give up that 37th pick — it will be like gold on Friday,” said one AFC front office executive. “They could set themselves up nicely — take a terrific player in a deep draft, recoup picks, or trade it for a first rounder in 2011. It’s a great position to be in. Unless they can get Berry, they should not trade that pick.”
Usually a team trying to get from the 20’s into the top ten would be nearly impossible, but the Eagles have the picks to make this work. In fact, they can make it work without giving up the 37th pick. Would Scott Pioli make a deal without that selection? I’m not sure, but he has a chance to be a major player here.
The Chiefs could send their 1 (5th overall) to Philadelphia for their 1 (37th), 2b (55th) and 3b (87th) along with a 2011 second-round selection. If you go by the Trade Value Chart the numbers don’t quite match up, but that’s without considering the second-round pick next year.
Falling back all the way to 24 is tough, but Pioli would be armed with more than enough ammo to move anywhere he wanted. With three picks in the second round, two in the third and two in the second next year, he would have no problem moving up to get the player of his choice from 24.
I think Eric Berry is the right player for the Chiefs right now, but I wouldn’t be able to argue with that sort of haul for this year and next. Plus, if Pioli could talk the Eagles into parting with their 2a, it would give the Chiefs 36, 37 and 50 in the second round. Not even the biggest Berry supporter could find fault in that deal.