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Should the Eagles Trade Down in the Draft?

Apr 23, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

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There has been a ton of
speculation about the Eagles possibly looking to move down from number four
overall in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. The latest on that
story from the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane describes general manager Howie Roseman as
actively shopping the pick.

According to McLane’s sources,
Roseman has contacted at least two teams about a potential swap, with the
caveat that the Eagles would be looking to move down if they don’t like the choices
once they’re on the clock. McLane believes the decision may be fueled by the
availability of offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, who both might
be off the board by No. 4.

An earlier report by Geoff
Mosher described the Eagles as “willing” to trade down, and Roseman admitted previously
that there was communication with other teams.

Perhaps it is in some way a
smokescreen. Or perhaps Roseman is simply feeling out the market. The Eagles
like to consider all of their options, so the news is anything but a sure sign
they will deal.

It’s a question that has been
brought up a lot though leading up to the draft. Will the Eagles trade out of
the fourth pick? Should they?

A little while back, Mosher
debated the topic with Reuben Frank. Mosh argued the Birds should move back,
possibly even out of the first round entirely, stockpiling selections in what
is considered to be a deep draft. Roob thinks they should stay put and take the
best player available because it’s rare (for most franchises) to be up so high.

Personally, I never much
understood the thought process behind why a front office “should” trade down.
Shouldn’t that decision be based on what the offers are like in most instances rather than a
predetermined plan?

If the Eagles get a return on No.
4 that they can’t refuse, so be it. I don’t think many people are going to have
a problem with that. What they shouldn’t do is move down just because it’s a thing to
do.

That said the discussion might
be moot anyway. The Raiders are one spot ahead of the Birds, and without a
second rounder in this year’s draft may have a little extra incentive to accumulate
additional picks. Teams looking to jump into the top five may want to go above
Philly, or risk watching someone else leap in there.

>> Sources: Eagles looking to trade No. 4 draft pick [Inq]