2014 NFL Draft: Is WR Interest A Smoke Screen For Philadelphia Eagles?

By Ryan Wenzell
Philadelphia Eagles 2014 NFL Draft
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The draft is three days away, and the Philadelphia Eagles could go in a number of different directions. The latest word is that the Eagles are hot after a wide receiver and specifically a guy like Odell Beckham Jr., who has all the skills to be a perfect fit in Chip Kelly‘s offense.

The fact is he is going to go in the top half of the first round and the Eagles would have to trade up five to seven spots to land him. Is this a legitimate interest or is this Eagles general manager Howie Roseman throwing a big smoke screen at the rest of the league?

I am guessing it’s the latter. This year’s wide receiver class is stacked. It is possible teams can find starting caliber pass catchers all the way into the fourth and fifth rounds. An unprecedented number of underclassmen declared and that only added to the huge amount of talent at receiver.

Why then would the Eagles trade up for one with all these prospects available? It doesn’t seem to add up. I believe Roseman is throwing teams a curve ball. A guy like Anthony Barr, a stud edge rusher who would fit perfect in the Eagles’ defensive scheme, may be the true apple of Roseman’s eye.

One thing’s for sure; this is one of the most unpredictable times of the football year. You can’t believe anything you read this time of the year. The added few weeks leading up to the draft has only added fuel to the fire and created more rumors and trade up scenarios.

Get ready for a wild draft weekend.

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