The last week of April is a long time from now. Yes, the Super Bowl has yet to be played and there's still the Senior Bowl, NFL Combine, and the Free Agency Period.
Nonetheless, it's the draft that gets almost as much attention as the games. It marks the end of the off-season and symbolizes the beginning of the next mission: to win the Lombardi Trophy.
As it stands, the Philadelphia Eagles have seven draft picks, with a possible eighth depending on what the New York Jets do with Lito Sheppard after their playoff run.
The formula for the NFL Draft Order changed this past year. No longer are non-Super Bowl participants having their selections placed based solely on their record. Non-playoff teams pick 1-20. After that, draft picks are determined by playoff results and the regular season record. Because the Eagles have the best record of the four Wildcard losers, they will have the 24th pick in the order.
There's also a chance the Eagles may receive a few compensatory picks, but we won't find that out until the end of March. The Eagles lost quite a few players to free agency last year, but also added three guys.
As it currently stands, these are the Eagles selections:
3(70) from Seattle
4(TBD after compensatory picks are distributed)
4?-from New York Jets
5(TBD) from New Orleans
6(TBD) from Indianapolis
By the time the NFL Draft comes, the above draft order will likely look like ancient history. The Eagles could add picks and/or they could lose some if the right addition becomes available via trade. Let's hope they make the right moves and come back intact for the 2010 season.