With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL draft, are the Philadelphia Eagles more likely to select Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks or Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford? Move up for UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr or Texas A&M wideout Mike Evans?
Or are general manager Howie Roseman, head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles brain trust more likely to settle on none of the above and trade down out of that spot altogether?
The possibilities are almost endless. No lie, the number of prospects the Birds have been linked to in the first round easily surpasses double digits. And yet, there’s a very real chance the club doesn’t come away with any of them. Because with only six selections in such a deep draft, the front office can’t afford to overlook any opportunity to add more picks should one present itself.
By far, the most difficult part of assigning odds to the potential first-rounders the Eagles would take is deciphering who is realistically going to be there. Because there is so much talent in this draft, it’s almost inevitable somebody unexpected lasts to that No. 22 spot, somebody that makes them actually want to hold on to the pick.
As you’ll see, that could easily be what the decision boils down to here. Whoever lasts until Philadelphia gets on the clock, will he be somebody worth taking over additional picks?
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