By Lewis Gould
Let’s get real, boys and girls.
The NFL draft is only 22 days away — April 28 in Chicago.
And Eagles’ big boss Howie Boy Roseman has a big Chip (sorry) on his shoulder about proving his qualifications to run an NFL franchise, which so far he has not.
Yes, he has scored high marks in the off-season by signing and trading lots of Chip Kelly’s guys.
But now comes the draft, where a real knowledge of football comes into play.
Does Howie Boy have that knowledge?
Will he trade up to get the No. 1 pick in the draft so he can take a quarterback like Carson Wentz (above) and get rid of Sam Bradford, who was Kelly’s boy?
Would he give up their two third-rounders and not pick again until No. 11 overall? That’s a steep drop, to a pick they coincidentally landed in the DeMarco Murray deal with Tennessee earlier this offseason.
The Eagles traded their second-rounder in the Sam Bradford deal last year, so they’re shorthanded up top. This proposed trade adds up from a value standpoint, but that might be too much for the Eagles, who are switching defenses, undergoing an offensive makeover and are more than an FCS quarterback with 23 college starts away from being a contender.
Perhaps the Eagles could offer up something else — maybe former first-rounder Marcus Smith, and/or a 2017 draft pick — in lieu of, say, the second* of those third-rounders. (And we picked Wentz over Goff as their target because there’s more buzz with him being connected to Philly, for what it’s worth.)
Why would the Eagles want another quarterback after paying Bradford and Chase Daniel more than $20 million? Oh, who knows? But owner Jeffrey Lurie has been tagging along on the team’s quarterback visits with prospects such as Goff and Wentz and Paxton Lynch, although if they love Lynch maybe staying at 8 is their smartest move.
As for the Titans, the same questions exist in a potential trade to No. 8 as they would to the 49ers deal above: Will a player they love be there? If they’re confident about it, adding two third-rounders would give the Titans five picks between Nos. 8 and 79, and it’s possible that three or those become Week 1 starters. They have holes all over the place, and the real meat of this draft might be between picks 30 and 60 overall.