2014 NFL Draft: Trading Back May Be Best Option For Philadelphia Eagles

By Ryan Wenzell
Cody Latimer Philadelphia Eagles
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The 2014 NFL Draft is unusual in that there is great depth at a variety of positions, but especially at the wide receiver position. It is possible teams can land starting caliber players in the fourth and even fifth rounds as a record number of underclassmen declared, adding to an already impressive group of receivers.

This draft has it all. There are guys with speed, guys with size, guys with quickness and lateral agility and some special prospects even have all three. For the Philadelphia Eagles, a team starving for more play making at the wide receiver position after the unceremonious departure of DeSean Jackson, that is music to their ears.

What direction will Eagles general manager Howie Roseman go in this year? The wisest move may actually be to trade down. It doesn’t look like any of the elite defensive prospects that the Eagles covet will fall to No. 22. Add that to the fact that the Eagles only have six picks in this year’s historically deep draft, and it’s no wonder why Roseman would want to accumulate at least one or two more picks.

Trading down an acquiring an additional second or even third rounder could reap major rewards for the Eagles. They could pick up a size/speed guy at receiver like Cody Latimer, who with his frame and agility fits in Chip Kelly‘s system like a glove.

They would then have the resources to further add defensive pieces either in the back end at cornerback and safety or at the pass rusher position. This is crucial. The Eagles must go defense relatively early in this draft.

They have a desperate need for a young, stud pass rusher, and those don’t grow on trees. There is a drop off after the top three so that may be tricky. However, if they can come out if this draft with three new starters, one on offense and two on the all important defensive side of the ball, it should be considered a success.

The Eagles are still building something meant for the long haul. This 2014 draft will go a long way toward reaching that goal.

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