There have been multiple rumors about the Philadelphia Eagles trading up in the 2012 NFL draft, but what about the idea of trading down? After all, the Eagles' track record in trading up hasn't exactly been stellar over the years.
Even though trade-ups for players like Jerome McDougle and Antone Davis didn't work out, I still think the Eagles should be aggressive in this draft and move up the boards. They just need to be sure to target the right players and go get them.
However, it's still fun to think about other scenarios that could play out in the NFL draft.
One of these other scenarios could have the Eagles trading down, as they've done twice during the Andy Reid era (2007, 2008). If they don't trade up, the Eagles could very well end up trading down.
Their pick at slot No. 15 is kind of a no-man's land as far as what value could be there for the Eagles. At that pick, DT Fletcher Cox and LB Luke Kuechly will likely be gone. Who else would be there that is worthy of that pick and makes sense for the Eagles?
Mark Barron? Don't see it. Michael Floyd? He'll likely be gone, too. Michael Brockers? No thanks.
With the selection of players they would likely have to choose from, they could get just as good of a player towards the end of the first round or even in the early second round. Cox and Kuechly are the two best players for the Eagles that are within striking distance in a trade-up scenario.
There are no other clear-cut players worthy of pick No. 15 that would suit a need for the Eagles. This is why a trade down may be in order if things fall that way.
The teams who might be willing to trade up to the Eagles' slot will depend on what players are actually available. There will surely still be good prospects on the board that other teams may covet.
With that said, let's go over a few scenarios where the Eagles trade down and see how it could turn out...