Oakland Raiders' Acquisition of QB Matt Flynn Could Shake Up 2013 NFL Draft Choices for Philadelphia Eagles

By Joe Doris
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It is not a secret that the Philadelphia Eagles are seriously considering drafting West Virginia University QB Geno Smith with their first-round, fourth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Well, the likelihood of this outcome certainly sky-rocketed when the Oakland Raiders decided to roll the dice and trade for Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Flynn. The Seahawks received the Raiders’ fifth-round pick in next year’s draft, and a conditional pick in the 2015 draft in return for Flynn.

The reason that this acquisition was so significant for the Eagles is that the Raiders hold the third overall pick in this year’s draft, with the Birds next in line at number four.

After acquiring Flynn, the Raiders are certainly set at quarterback with former college stand-out QB Terrelle Pryor ready to compete win Flynn for the starting job. Pryor certainly showed legitimate NFL potential in his limited time as the Raiders’ starter last season, but I have a good feeling that Flynn will emerge as the 2013 starter just because he is a more traditional, pocket-passing professional quarterback. Former Raiders starting QB Carson Palmer has been shipped off to the desert to play for the Arizona Cardinals.

So, now that the Raiders will not be in the market for Smith, the Eagles will be foolish to let him slide on past with the fourth overall pick. It is incredibly unlikely that the Kansas City Chiefs or Jacksonville Jaguars will snatch up Smith, as the Chiefs traded for former San Francisco 49ers QB Alex Smith earlier this off-season, and the Jaguars are not quite ready to give up on their 2011 first-round pick, QB Blaine Gabbert.

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly may very well wish to utilize QB Michael Vick for one, or maybe even two, more seasons, but Smith is just too talented of an athlete to pass on at this point.


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