Don’t be shocked if the Hawks and Eagles swap selections at No. 6 and No. 24 if Eric Berry is on the board at No. 6.
1. Hawks and Eagles have trade history.
Besides the Ruskell dealings with Philly (trade for Josh Parry and trade to acquire Deon Butler), Pete and John just worked the recent deal for Clemons and a fourth rounder for Tapp.
Philly is obviously on speed dial with a seemingly quality trade relationship with us. The trade history does have meaning.
2. Eagles have a history of trading their first round selections.
Since 2003, the Eagles have traded up or down in the first round in seven of the past eight seasons. With that history, you’d have to bank on Philly trading their first round selection. Add to the fact that Philly already has two second and third rounders, the higher probability would be that Philly will use those incremental selections to move up to improve their suddenly weak secondary. Philly needs a ball hawking free safety like Berry to improve their D.
Here’s a list of first round trades since 2003 for corroboration.
2003 - Traded up to get DE Jerome McDougle at No. 15.
2004- Traded up to get G Shaun Andrews at No. 16.
2005- Following SB appearance, only year Philly stood pat with first round selection.
2006 - Traded up to get DT Broderick Bunkley at No. 14.
2007 - Traded out of first round to get Kevin Kolb at No. 36.
2008 - Traded out of first round to get DeSean Jackson.
2009 - Traded up to get WR J Maclin at No. 19.
3. Eagles are interested in Berry and know he won’t be around at No. 24.
Eric Berry is in Philly to be closely evaluated. Philly knows there is NO way that Berry would be available at No. 24.
If Berry is available at No. 6, that is the ideal slot for Philly to trade into to snag Berry, the ball hawk free safety that Reid realized his D is missing since Brian Dawkins left for Denver last year.
4. With so many Hawk needs, two incremental selections would be valued greatly in this deep draft.
The Hawks could add two incremental selections along with the swap of No. 6 and No. 24, likely Philly’s selections No. 37 received in the deal for McNabb and No. 70, the selection received from the Hawks last year, to build our team and fill multiple holes while potentially still nabbing Earl Thomas and giving us the flexibility to trade for Brandon Marshall.
Seattle would then have selections No. 14, No. 24, No. 37, No. 60, No. 70, No. 104, No. 127, No. 133 and No. 139 through round five . That is A LOT of ammunition to meet numerous needs including a trade for Brandon Marshall.
Nine selections in the top 140 would give the Hawks draft flexibility and the opportunity to revamp this aging and lacking of talent squad.
When you look at a) the Hawks and Eagles trade history, b) analyze the fact that the Eagles have traded their first round selection in seven of eight years, c) think about the Philly’s interest in Eric Berry to replace the 2009 departure of Brian Dawkins by bringing him to the city of brotherly love for a workout and 4) giving the Hawks incremental selections to fill multiple needs, I say, don’t be shocked if the Eagles and Hawks execute a draft day trade.