At last, the first day of the 2013 NFL Draft has graced us with its presence, as fans and analysts alike are anxiously awaiting (alliteration noted) for the Kansas City Chiefs to get on the clock and kick off one of the most anticipated and exciting events of the year.
Just three picks beyond the Chiefs lay the battered and rebuilding Philadelphia Eagles, who hold the fourth overall selection, after finishing last season with a putrid 4-12 record.
In reality, there are three different directions that the Eagles can go in with their first round pick.
First, they could go after the highly-touted, unquestionable talent that is QB Geno Smith, who had an absolutely brilliant senior season at West Virginia University and is without a doubt the best quarterback in this year’s class. While the Eagles have decided to bring QB Michael Vick back on a restructured one-year deal, Smith could certainly benefit from learning and observing for a year or two behind the wily veteran.
If the Eagles decide that Smith isn’t worth their top-5 selection, then they will likely go with one of the top-rated offensive tackles in the 2013 draft class in Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M University, or Eric Fisher from Central Michigan University. This is, of course, assuming that Joeckel and/or Fisher will still be available when the fourth pick rolls around.
Lastly, if head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles’ organization are really as unimpressed with this year’s first-round class as they say they are, there is a good chance that they will trade down. In the past week there has actually been plenty of chatter about the Eagles trading down, and they have acknowledged that it is an option.
No matter what the Eagles decide to do with their highly-coveted fourth overall pick tonight, it will be just one step in the Birds’ long journey back to NFL prominence.
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