Eagles To Aim High On Draft Day?

TCorrespondent IIIMarch 24, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles looks on during the NFC championship game against the Arizona Cardinals on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

According to Eagles general manager Tom Heckert, in the upcoming NFL draft, the Eagles could do "anything they want" on draft day, including packaging the 21st and 28th overall picks to move high into the first round.

With 12 draft picks at their disposal, the Eagles are in prime position to part with any number of picks to get where they want to be on the draft board. 

But, is it the wisest of strategies for this team?

Left tackle is the one of the more prominent areas of concern with the departure of veteran Tra Thomas. Current left guard Todd Herremans figures to be the most likely in-house solution to fill Thomas' shoes. 

However, if the opportunity presented itself, it would not be a shock to see the Eagles trade up the draft board to try and steal either Virginia's Eugene Monroe or Baylor's Jason Smith, both of which seem to be sure top-10, if not top-five picks.

As for running back, drafting a back does not seem to be a big concern for Heckert. 
"Over time it has been proven that you can find backs later on," Heckert said.  Running back Brian Westbrook was drafted in the third round in 2002.

Georgia's Knowshon Moreno, Ohio State's Beanie Wells, and Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy all figure to be available where the Eagles currently sit in the first round. All three have been referred to by Heckert as good fits. 

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The question remains, do the Eagles move up or stand pat? Quality talent can be found late in the first round, but Andy Reid could probably not resist the chance to trade up for an offensive lineman. 

Given the choice, the preferred option would be to stay put and take a gamble on striking it rich with two first round quality players that have the capability to make an impact as weapons. Trading up would be the best option if it would ensure that a stud offensive lineman can be had.

The clock is still ticking and will continue for the next month. The ebb and flow of the run up to the draft will continue until commissioner Roger Goodell finally steps to the podium.

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