The Eagles and QB Geno S-Myth

Posted April 11, 2013

With all the mock drafts latest updates (1.0, 2.0 .. etc) once again, draft "experts" can't help themselves and continue to link QB Geno Smith with the Eagles. Given that there isn't any obvious player as the top pick (like last season with Luck, RGIII etc) it's almost anybody's guess as to who will be there when the Eagles select. While quarterback is a perceived "need" by experts and some fans alike, the Eagles have positioned themselves with free agency to select the best player available.

This year's quarterback class is highlighted by the likes of Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, E.J. Manuel etc But NONE of them are worthy of the #4 overall pick. Smith is a borderline #15-20 pick at best, and even though quarterback is the most important player on any NFL team, the Eagles don't have to "reach" for one in the 1st round (which would be a disastrous mistake IMO). There are other areas on the team that could use an upgrade, with the most glaring being the "5 technique" (3-4 Defensive End).

While the Eagles already have one on the team (Fletcher Cox), and true NT in Isaac Sopoaga, there really isn't much in terms of depth at either position. Antonio Dixon could make a decent NT if given the opportunity and Cedric Thorton could blossom into a good 3-4 DE. But the best option would be to draft a player who already fits the bill. Will this be the 4th overall pick? Perhaps. But the Eagles could also use a solid player on the OL as well. So the question looms, where is the depth in the draft?

Will the Eagles get more value by selecting a OL in the 1st or DE? With players like OL Luke Joeckel, OL Eric Fisher, DT Shariff Floyd and DT/DE Star Lotulelei as possible targets, one of them will surely be there at pick #4. I think the true question falls in how the Eagles feel about their offensive line. Injuries riddled the Eagles OL last season, and there are question marks surrounding each player (Peters, Herremans, Kelce etc). But what if all of them are healthy? Age and escalating contracts could also be a factor in this decision as well as Kelly's thoughts on the young players already on the team (Watkins, Reynolds, Vandervelde and so forth). There are also a few "wildcard" players in this year's draft whom the Eagles might have similar value in regards to the offensive line (OT Lane Johnson, OG Chance Warmack, OG Johnathan Cooper). Could the Eagles trade back a few slots and be happy with additional picks and  a player like OG Cooper instead of one of the top OT's (if Joekel or Fisher are available). While most people think that Kelly's offense is going to be a high tempo/read option offense, the thing most overlooked is that the Eagles will more than likely be a RUNNING team while utilizing mismatches/screens/quick snaps to our advantage.

Chance Warmark is probably the best run blocking offensive lineman in the draft and would be an excellent addition. But both OT Lane Johnson and OG Cooper could be a better choice if Kelly is looking for "athletic" offensive lineman who can also dominate. While I think that picking any of these players might be a little "high" at #4. I do think they would be great fits and we could obtain additional draft picks if we decide to move back a few slots.

There Eagles could also use another "starting" OLB and CB so LB/DE Dion Jordan or CB Dee Milliner could be the pick. Also more of a puzzle could be what the Eagles do with their 2nd round pick. What if E.J. Manuel is on the board? What if another player slides and has too much value to pass up? (say one of the top TE's or WR's). How about the biggest wildcard of them all? The Jaguars. They could go in literally ANY direction and could snag Jordan or Fisher/Joeckel if available. There are obviously many options and many more unexpected turns in the next couple of weeks. But one thing I'm almost 100% certain, is the Eagles selecting Geno Smith with the #4 overall pick is purely MYTH. Stay tuned!

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