2012 NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles Inquired About Browns' 4th Overall Pick
League sources have stated that the Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams have contacted the Cleveland Browns about their No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft, according to Mary Kay Cabot and the Plain Dealer. Two other teams are also said to be interested in a trade as well.
The Eagles would have to pay a steep price to trade up to fourth and will likely have to give up their 15th overall pick and both of their second-round picks.
While this report may simply be a reflection of Philadelphia considering all options before draft day and merely asking what the price may be to move up, the Eagles could possibly be considering trading up to select quarterback Ryan Tannehill out of Texas A&M.
The selection of Tannehill would not threaten the immediate job security of Michael Vick, but would give the Eagles a quarterback of the future. The Eagles could develop Tannehill behind a player of somewhat similar playing style and drastically shorten their post-Vick rebuilding process.
If the Eagles are not interested in Tannehill, it is also possible they are hoping to select offensive tackle Matt Kalil.
Kalil, by far the best O-line prospect in this year's draft, would be a welcome addition to an Eagles O-line that struggled for much of 2011. With Demetress Bell already signed to fill the void left by Jason Peters' injury, it would be a complicated situation.
Regardless, offensive tackles of Matt Kalil's caliber and potential just don't come around every draft, and the former USC stud would be very difficult for the Eagles to pass up if they had the fourth overall pick at their disposal.
And as ESPN's Adam Schefter stated earlier in the week, he believes the Vikings will not select Kalil with the third overall pick, thus further opening up the possibility of seeing Kalil in Philly next season.
It is unlikely, however, that the Eagles would pursue Morris Claiborne or Justin Blackmon, as the team has great depth at cornerback and wide receiver.
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