Philadelphia Eagles: Why the Eagles Would Be Wise to Target Robert Griffin III
What once seemed preposterous is now very possible. It has been revealed that the Eagles met with Robert Griffin III and many believe this could mean they have interest in trading up for him.
Yeah, it is possible that the Eagles are hoping merely that Griffin falls out of the top five. However, even if he does not, the Eagles would be making a great decision to go after him.
Griffin is not only a playmaker with his legs, but he also has a great arm, and good accuracy as well. He is the perfect quarterback to play in Andy Reid and Marty Morhinweg's system, which consists of many deep passes and big plays.
Furthermore, the weakness of the offensive line would make it far more logical to find a quarterback with good scrambling ability. And with Michael Vick as the starter, Griffin would have a great mentor to learn from, just as Vick had Donovan McNabb to model his play after.
However, the biggest concern is that using such a high pick on a quarterback could result in the Eagles missing out on linebacker help. This is legitimate, but if the Eagles play their cards right they could pull off this deal and still build their defense.
If DeSean Jackson is successfully re-signed or franchise-tagged then that is one less problem the Eagles will have to deal with. And in free agency, Curtis Lofton, London Fletcher, or Stephen Tulloch can be acquired. The acquisition of either of them would instantly boost the linebacker play on the team as well as the play of the entire defense.
And if the Eagles were interested in selecting another linebacker in the draft, they could select Vontaze Burfict in the second round. Burfict is already regarded by many to be a far more athletic linebacker than Luke Kuechly, who the Eagles have been most commonly linked to. While character concerns are a very real issue, teams must take chances at times, as the rewards could be great (such as DeSean Jackson).
True, the Eagles might not have their second round pick if they were to trade up for Griffin. But if they were to package their 15th overall pick with Asante Samuel and perhaps a 3rd round pick, the Rams might just be willing to take that deal.
If all of those steps are followed, the Eagles could have immediate linebacker help, a young linebacker for the future, and their post-Vick quarterback to groom.
While the 8-8 season was disappointing to say the least, it did award the Eagles the 15th overall pick. The team might be wise to use it to better move up in the draft and select the player they need long-term.
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