Day One of Draft Full of Surprises for Philadelphia Eagles

Lindsay MooreCorrespondent IApril 26, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during the NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Eagles fans: raise your hand if you are more than a little peeved with the Denver Broncos right now.

First they poach our most popular player, Brian Dawkins, and now they do this.  With the 12th overall pick they chose Knowshon Moreno.

Many Eagles fans (including myself) were touting Moreno as "the next Brian Westbrook".

Oh well.  You can't blame the Eagles' front office for this one, as he was taken nine places before they were even scheduled to pick, so let's move on.

I have to admit, I never even looked twice at Jeremy Maclin, and from what I've read so far, neither did Andy Reid.  Maclin was expected to be the second receiver off of the board (after Crabtree) so it was long thought that the Raiders would scoop him up.

Maclin is both a threat as a wideout, and as a returner.  This will be great for Philly since they have possible needs in both. In 28 games at Missouri, he racked up 5,609 all purpose yards and 33 touchdowns. 

Philadelphia's second round pick was LeSean McCoy.  This was somewhat unexpected, as McCoy was also projected to be taken long before the Eagles were on the clock in the second round.

LeSean will be a great backup for Westbrook.  He is a natural talent and is good at out-maneuvering defenders.  He is also a capable receiver.

In 24 games at Pittsburgh he rushed for 2,731 yards and had 543 receiving yards.  He also had 65 touchdowns total.

This could really go either way for the eagles.  With the rest of the team pretty set, this was a good chance to try and add a few new faces on offense.

Throughout Reid's tenure with the Eagles, he has drafted a WR in the first round once, and has never taken a RB earlier than the third round.  Today he took a WR in the first, and a RB in the second.

My first reaction was anger with the first pick, because I was more than convinced they were going to take Pettigrew, but the more that I think about it, the more I realize the Eagles managed to get two steals in Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy.

The best strategy in the draft is to choose talent over need, and from what I see, the Eagles did just that.  I guess time will tell.