By Art Beitchman

Since the hiring of Doug Pederson as Eagles head coach back in January and the re-emergence of Howie Roseman as the team’s general manager without that title, the Birds have made some big moves:

Shedding underachieving Byron Maxwell and Demarco Murray’s bloated contracts, also shipping less than impressive Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins. The best part was convincing Miami to switch first round picks — the Eagles will now pick at 8 instead of 13, moving up 5 spots in April’s NFL draft.

The Birds also made some significant free agent signings, inking massive guard Brandon Brooks (above) formerly of the Houston Texans. At 6-5, 335 pounds, Brooks should strengthen a shaky offensive line. Safety Rodney McLeod was also brought in from the Rams to give the Birds more aggressive play in the secondary.

Finding a team to take disgruntled running back DeMarco Murray was thought to be a pipe dream, but the Eagles flipped Murray and his inflated salary to the Titans, also got them to flip flop 4th round draft picks, another win win in my book.

Drafting No. 8 gives the Birds four options at the top of the board.

In a recent mock draft these players were ticketed to wear Midnight Green: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB-Florida; Ezekiel Elliott, RB-Ohio State; Paxton Lynch QB-Memphis; Ronnie Stanley, OT-Notre Dame.

No way any of this talented group would have been there at No. 13, making it more amazing that the Eagles front office lead by Howie Roseman was able to pull off the Dolphins trade.

But there it is, and maybe, just maybe there is more where this has came from.


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