NFL draft rumors: Eagles looking to break into the top 10?

The NFL draft is on the minds of every Eagles fan. As the night draws near, rumors fly everywhere. I love chaos!

There’s a new juicy nugget courtesy of NFL Network’s James Palmer: The Eagles could be looking to move up to the top 10 in the draft:

Here is an excerpt of what Palmer had to say:

I was making some phone calls this morning and really the belief is that Howie Roseman is really trying to see if he can trade with that top of his two first-round picks. Now, making a few more calls, he even looks like he’s trying to get into the top 10 if that’s even possible…

Palmer lists cornerbacks, wide receivers and pass-rushers as targets with one name in particular: Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux.

Continuing…

The name that keeps coming up is Kayvon Thibodeaux from Oregon. He is a movie freak. He’s a guy who could turn the pass rush on in Philly right away. They ranked 31st in sacks, so it’s definitely a must for them if they can find a guy who can make an impact right away and they think Thibodeaux can be one of those types of players.

Palmer also brings up the idea that the Eagles hope to trade from the 18th pick to a team in need of a QB and recoup some extra draft capital.

I wrote on Tuesday that the Eagles should try to make reasonable first-round jumps for three players: Thibodeaux, Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis and Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton.

This was my rationale for promoting Thibodeaux:

Thibodeaux entered the offseason as a likely candidate for the first overall pick in the entire draft. What happened? He is slipping due to “character concerns”. Obviously I can’t speak to exactly what they are. I’m tired of character concerns when it comes to guys like Deshaun Watson and Tyreek Hill. I don’t care if a guy is just a pain in the ass, as long as he’s legit. Thibodeaux sure is.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo he thinks Thibodeaux will slide past the fourth pick. If a prospect is falling from being in the top pick conversation to the back half of the top 10 without sustaining an injury or even stepping onto the field, I’m not buying the reasoning. I’ve said it many times during the pre-draft process: talent is talent. Thibodeaux is a monster:

The Eagles build through the defensive line. It’s the most-selected first-round position for the Birds in the Howie Roseman era. The organization made a first-round trade to sign Fletcher Cox in 2012. They won’t regret doing it for Thibodeaux 10 years later, picking a potential All-Pro player in the process.

Business idea:

Eagles get: Round 1, Pick 7 (Kayvon Thibodeaux)

Giants get: Round 1, Pick 15; Round 2, pick 51

Make the deal.

I’m expecting some fireworks from the birds tonight. It feels like there’s more pre-draft smoke with the team than I can remember. Between the draft and the Sixers’ Game 6 matchup with the Raptors, it’s going to be a big night for Philadelphians.

TO UPDATE [2:22 p.m.]

There is more smoke on the Eagles looking to trade. Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated wrote the following on Thursday afternoon:

All that said, there are still far more teams looking to move up than down. The two that seem to have done the most important legwork in dealing, as far as I can tell, are the Eagles and Chiefs. I could see Philly moving into the middle of the top 10, maybe a corner, maybe a pass-rusher, maybe a receiver. I could see Kansas City taking a leap as well, but maybe for a corner, with a receiver like Georgia’s George Pickens in play with the first round, they don’t end up moving.

Does all that smoke mean a fire is brewing? Roseman is ready to make a splash.


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