The Eagles could be very competitive in 2010. They could very well make a deep playoff run. But, from most fans perspectives the Super Bowl aspirations have been put on hold. Although he says he’s ready, that’s a lot of pressure to put on Kevin Kolb in his first year.
While the term “rebuilding” is not in the general manager Howie Roseman’s vocabulary, it’s definitely in his organization’s actions.
As we approach the 2010 NFL Draft, everybody affiliated with professional football in some type of fashion is getting very anxious. The teams are finalizing their draft boards. Experts are adjusting their mock drafts (again and again).
Radio personalities are promoting certain prospects for their local teams (Will St. Louis fans boo the draft like the Eagles “Dirty Thirty” in 1999 if the Rams overlook Sam Bradford??). I’m sure die hard football fans across the country are getting into heated water cooler debates regarding who their respective team should draft.
The NFL Draft is the time most trades are made. You have your share of trades before the draft and even during the season. But, front offices are more motivated to finalize their roster as much as possible during the last weekend of April.
You hear a lot about the draft value chart and which players may be on the trading block. There is one thing that is rarely thought of: Next year’s draft picks.
Here in Philadelphia, fans were outraged when the Eagles traded out of the first round two years in a row. Remember when Carolina made a trade with the Eagles in 2008 to obtain an extra first round pick? Could you imagine the Eagles using their 2011 first rounder to help obtain an extra top 32 pick in 2010?
Because this is an uncapped season which placed huge limitations on free agency, the players selected via draft will be depended on more than ever to have an impact on their teams.
Can you imagine if Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan slipped in the draft to where the Eagles could use the 2011 1st round pick in a package to grab him? Imagine they draft Morgan and still have their 2010 1st rounder which they can use in another deal to move up and draft Florida cornerback Joe Haden. It would be a cause for a brief celebration in the Delaware Valley.
Whether you like the moves the Eagles have made this off season or not, they are poised to make some major moves next week and possibly next off season. They currently have eleven draft picks this year and nine for 2011.
If a new collective bargaining agreement is reached with a salary cap reinstated, the roster moves the Eagles made this offseason should give them plenty of cap space to pursue a few marquee free agents next offseason.
Barring a lockout, add those free agents to a few top tier players from this draft with a year under their belt. Philadelphia could be in position to truly have ‘the best roster in the NFL’ in 2011.