On Thursday, Andy Reid traded both of his third-round picks to move up and select Brandon Graham at No. 13—a somewhat iffy selection that also sapped a bit of the Eagles’ deep later-draft arsenal.
Consider the latter wrong rectified.
Left with a pair of second-rounders as his second day ammo, Reid made some shrewd moves.
First, he used the No. 37 selection (the “Donovan McNabb” pick) on South Florida’s Nate Allen, a great combo safety who could step in as the Birds’ starting free safety right away.
But the second pick, No. 55 overall, was turned into so much more.
First, Reid got a fourth-rounder (No. 125) overall from Dallas to move down to No. 59. Then, he got a pair of fifth-rounders (Nos. 134 and 146 overall) from
Cleveland to drop back to the third round.
And at No. 71, Reid got another "undersized" speed rusher in Washington DE Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, the Huskies’ all-time leading sack leader. With that pick, the Birds now have a quartet of “undersized” yet seedy pass rushers who could make life hell for the NFC East’s quarterbacks.
Not only did he get two good players, he actually increased the Birds’ overall draft total. All of the moves give the Birds eight selections on Saturday, and the new total of 11 is one more than they originally had on Thursday morning.
That’s a productive day.