Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver Rumors

Jeff DanzigerCorrespondent IMarch 24, 2009

TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 01:  Wide receiver Anquan Boldin #81 of the Arizona Cardinals runs for yards after the catch on a 45-yard reception in the second quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The most recent Eagles rumors have involved the stockpiling of draft picks that the Eagles have been doing over the past year. The front office has been hoarding draft picks and the fans have started asking what the plan is for them all.

The Birds are currently holding 12 draft picks for the upcoming draft in April, two of them being late in the first round. It is very unlikely that the Eagles hold on to all 12 picks, and the draft day scenario is more likely to end in a few trades.

The first scenario has been talked about since last month: Anquan Boldin. No one is really sure what his fate is it going to be at this point. Arizona has publicly stated that they plan on keeping him in Arizona and in what would easily be the best WR tandem in football. Other sources are speculating that, for the right price, he could be shipped out of the desert on draft day.

Do the Eagles spend a first- and third-round pick (possibly more) on Anquan Boldin? Does the front office feel that a No. 1 WR is that important? Probably not, but maybe just once, they'll try to appease the mass amounts of loyal fans calling for a WR. Although Boldin would be the most costly option, he would also make the most sense.

The other option is trading up to the top of the draft for Michael Crabtree. With so many picks and two first-rounders, it is possible that a deal could be made.

A lot of rumors have been spreading that the Raiders are interested in trading the seventh pick of the draft. Since the Raiders have so many holes to fill, it may be more logical to gather a handful of picks for maximum talent potential.

But even if Oakland is looking to make a deal, and Crabtree is available at the seven spot, do the Eagles risk drafting a WR who just underwent surgery? No one is really sure how serious the surgery was, but it'll be a risk that the Eagles front office will have to evaluate.

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And finally, the most recent rumor: Braylon Edwards. This rumor was recently fueled by the talks that the Browns and Giants had "informal" talks about sending Edwards to New York. Although the talks were reportedly not very serious, it appears he's on the block and Eagles fans are already getting their hopes up.

While Edwards would probably be cheaper than Boldin, and maybe Crabtree, he wouldn't be the best option. Edwards led the league last season in drops. Although he puts up good numbers, his hands are a big concern. Not only do his hands pose a problem, but many receivers have trouble catching McNabb's sometimes bullet-like passes.

The combination could lead to a skyrocketing of an already-high number of drops. Also, Edwards drops aren't just drops, but are very often "pop-ups" that are easily intercepted.

In reality, the Eagles always have the option of staying put (because, believe it or not, some teams just stay put on draft day). The receiving corps of Jackson, Curtis, Avant, Baskett, and Brown really isn’t all that bad. It may not be an elite receiving corps compared to the rest of the league, but it is a group that can get the job done.

The Eagles have plenty of options on draft day. Every option is going to have perks, and every option is going to have risks. The only thing to do as a fan is sit back and pray that whatever decision is made leads to an Eagles Super Bowl appearance.

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