Best- and Worst-Case Scenario for Philadelphia Eagles' Top 3 Picks

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Best- and Worst-Case Scenario for Philadelphia Eagles' Top 3 Picks
Andy King

The Philadelphia Eagles look like they will enter the 2014 NFL draft with six selections, beginning with the 22nd pick in the first round.

The Eagles own picks in every round bar the sixth, but general manager Howie Roseman has to be looking at potential trades to acquire more picks. After all, this would be the fewest number of picks the team has made since 2003.

Former first-round pick Brandon Graham has shown flashes of brilliance since joining the team in 2010, but he’s been placed on the trade block (per NFL.com's Chris Wesseling) because he’s said to be a poor fit in the Eagles’ 3-4 scheme.

Defensive end Vinny Curry, a 2012 second-round pick, has been the subject of potential trade talks as well, while running back Bryce Brown may be an odd man out in the backfield, considering Philadelphia’s recent acquisition of Darren Sproles. None of those players will fetch a first-round pick, but if Roseman plays his cards right, he could add a few mid-to-late-round picks to the Eagles’ collection.

Roseman has long been a supporter of the philosophy to draft the best player available, and the team’s positioning at the 22nd selection allows Roseman to put that belief to test. He should have his choosing from a handful of defensive players, and the Eagles really could use an upgrade at nearly every spot on that side of the ball.

If the draft unfolds as Eagles fans want, here’s a glimpse at how the first three picks could go in an ideal scenario. In sticking with realistic expectations, you won’t find Jadeveon Clowney falling to the 22nd spot as a plausible situation—that’s just not going to happen. This article also looks at what the worst moves the Eagles could make in each of the first three rounds.

All Scouting Combine numbers are courtesy of NFL.com. College statistics are per Sports-Reference.com.

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