Even though the Philadelphia Eagles made it into the playoffs in 2010 as a wildcard team they still have to improve from last season.
I bring them up for the simple fact that the Eagles are a very young team and will only get younger after the draft.
New GM Howie Roseman has been heard saying things like "the Eagles are not rebuilding" and one would have to question that statement.
The Eagles have cut loose almost every player age 30 or over except for three: David Akers, Jaqua Parker, and Jeremiah Trotter. So to say the Eagles aren't rebuilding is completely false.
To date the Eagles have cut some big names like RB Brian Westbrook, G Shawn Andrews, WR Kevin Curtis, LB Will Witherspoon, and DE Darren Howard.
They've been involved in multiple trades during the 2010 offseason the biggest so far and maybe of the last decade.
The Eagles traded McNabb to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their 2010 second round pick and a 2011 pick believed to be a fourth round pick with the possibility of becoming a third depending on McNabb's performance.
The Eagles now have QB Kevin Kolb their starting quarterback with Michael Vick as backup. I think Kevin will do a fine job in this league as he was highly regarded when he drafted but has also been mentored by three Pro Bowl QBs in Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, and Jeff Garcia.
He should be one of the best QBs in NFL history just based off of who taught him, but only time will tell if he will amount to anything at all. He's been given the keys now Eagles fans just have to hope he knows how to drive!
They've also traded CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for LB Alex Hall and two draft picks—the 105th and 137th.
Lastly the Eagles traded WR Reggie Brown to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their 2011 sixth round draft pick.
They too have acquired some players at key positions of need during the 2010 offseason.
In a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, the Eagles acquired DE Darryl Tapp in exchange for DE Chris Clemons and their 2010 fourth round pick. They have signed DB Marlin Jackson, RBs Mike Bell and Dwayne Wright, CFL RB standout Martell Mallett, and P Durant Brooks, and they have also brought back WR Hank Baskett.
The Eagles, even though they've addressed some of these needs via free agency, still need a safety in the early rounds, a strongside linebacker, defensive end, and quite possibly a guard in the draft.
That's four definite areas of need and like I said the Eagles have five picks in the first four rounds in a very talented draft pool.
Lets say the Eagles do move up. What do they give up and who do they trade with?
I can't see the Eagles moving up enough to grasp safety Eric Berry but they could very well combine their first round pick and a third or fourth from this years draft to move up into the top 15 and snag safety Taylor Mays.
That would still give them a first round pick, both of their second round picks, and a pick in either the third or fourth. Still in great position to have a serious impact and get some more talent on the roster.
Team focus in 2010 draft:
The Eagles need to move up into the top 15 in the first round if they want to land a starting caliber safety like Taylor Mays. I know they have needs at other areas but they need to find a replacement for Brian Dawkins after he parted during the 2009 offseason.