By Peter Gleason
The Eagles sure did make a splash by moving up to No. 2 in last week’s draft in order to pick the next shiny object — quarterback Carson Wentz.
But here’s my problem:
The Eagles have also said they are trying to win next year, right?
If so, they didn’t do a lot to improve their roster immediately in this draft. Everything comes down to Wentz. If he ends up being an “elite franchise quarterback” then Philly had a good draft.
But here’s my biggest issue with Philly’s decision to sacrifice lots of picks and get Wentz: he won’t play next year!
Best case is Sam Bradford’s willing to play ball for his $22 million guaranteed, the Eagles are better than anyone expects and are a playoff contender.
Worst case is Bradford holds out/is traded/gets hurt and then Chase Daniel/Wentz have to carry the load for Philly. If that happens and things go south, then they’ve got to worry about giving up a high pick in next year’s first-round pick to the Browns.
From this draft, Jalen Mills is a nice addition in the seventh round (long corner from LSU). Halapoulivaati Vaitai is a stupendous pick just because it’s going to make the media write his name and Philly fans say it out loud. Getting Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round means the Philly running backs are Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner and Smallwood.
Are you kidding?
What am I missing?