Eagles reportedly want to trade up, draft ‘prime’ receiver

The Eagles own the No. 22 overall pick of the draft, but, come Thursday night, they may not sit there for long.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com reports the Eagles “want in on the prime receiver action” and could trade up to acquire a blue-chip talent.

King adds that general manager Howie Roseman is doing his due diligence, talking to “at least two teams” in the middle of the first round. Tasked with replacing DeSean Jackson, Roseman evidently has his eye on LSU’s Odell Beckham, the consensus third-best wideout prospect in the draft.

Beckham, who can play all three receiver positions (inside, outside, slot), is expected to be selected in the top half of the first round — anywhere from No. 10 to No. 18. To move up to, say, No. 15, where the Steelers currently sit, would cost the Eagles a few mid-round picks and/or players.

If the price is too prohibitive, King says, Philly could “settle” for USC’s Marqise Lee as a “consolation prize.” Lee isn’t as talented as Beckham, but should be available at 22.

No matter who they ultimately end up with, it’s clear the Eagles won’t be afraid to get aggressive to fill Jackson’s shoes.

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  • hotrod71

    Not buying it. Trading up for a WR in a draft that is LOADED with WR talent isn’t a good draft strategy and doesn’t fit the eagles MO the last two successful drafts since Roseman has been calling the shots. Sounds like something Reid would have done. Roseman recently said WR’s drafted in the 1st round have the highest bust rate of any position. If they are trading up I think they are looking at Barr or Fuller to help the D. However, I don’t see them trading up at all with only 6 picks.

  • TomTomFarts

    I think Lee will be available at #22 and they should take him, he fits well for them. No need at all to trade up, this story is bogus.

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