Draft Pick Huge Deal for Philadelphia Eagles

New Coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles have the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft next week.

"And with the second pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Quarterback Donovan McNabb from Syracuse..."

Boo, Boo, Boo, Boo, Boo.

That's the sound that drowned out that selection when Coach Andy Reid made a major decision with a major draft pick, thus shaping his tenure and the team's future for the next decade.

And that pick didn't turn out so bad: McNabb is easily one of the greatest quarterbacks in franchise history, having taken the Eagles to the Super Bowl and five NFC Championship Games.

So can Geno Smith be McNabb all over again?

After an awful season, the Philadelphia Eagles hold the fourth pick in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday.

You hear a lot of names being tossed around. It's not really a strong draft where players really stand out this year.

Smith, of West Virginia, is the top-rated quarterback.

The Birds certainly need a Quarterback of the Future and have scouted Smith several times as one of the top players on the team's draft board.

With Michael Vick and Nick Foles, new coach Chip Kelly still might not be sold that he has the starter for the 2013 season on the roster.

So maybe Smith is the answer.

Or maybe the Eagles should trade down and concentrate on the team's needs: Maybe grabbing a top tackle or young cornerback. Or a rushing lineman or linebacker.

Decisions, Decisions. But this is a big decision for the Philadelphia Eagles so Kelly and General Manager Howie Roseman may want to make a splash and grab a name like Smith.

With old coach Andy Reid holding the first pick in the draft, the odds favor Reid selecting big tackle Luke Joeckel from Texas A&M.

Many have the Birds doing the same, taking tackle Eric Fisher of Central Michigan with the 4th pick.

Smith could actually wind up in Jacksonville. The team holds the second pick and certainly needs a QB and a new face of the franchise.

Two other players who could wind up with the Birds are Florida DT Sharrif Floyd, a local Philly area product, or Kelly favorite, former Oregon Duck pass rusher Dion Jordan.

The Birds have gotten in trouble over the past few years by abandoning the philosophy of taking the best player available in the draft instead of a need.

So if Smith falls to No. 4 on Thursday, don't be surprised if he's putting on a Philadelphia Eagles cap.

After all, do we want to go through another year with Vick and Nick as our quarterback tandem?

Stephen Eickhoff April 22, 2013 at 03:19 PM
If Smith is there at #4, it won't be a "fall". This is a nearly universal belief in the media. Post-draft analysis might tell us differently, but the indications are that no team has him that high on their board. If Smith goes to the Eagles there, it will be the first time that booing a QB selection WAS warranted. Smith is a mid-first selection at best.
Peter Gibbons April 23, 2013 at 07:13 PM
O-line or D-line with the #4
Otis T April 25, 2013 at 07:55 PM
This is the Eagles........expect anything!!
John April 25, 2013 at 09:42 PM
EXACTLY! I feel that this is a tough pick to screw up, and Chip Kelly has to hang his hat on this one. Likely Joekle since the Chiefs are taking Fisher.
John April 25, 2013 at 09:52 PM
They have to go OLINE. Peyton Manning and Tom Brady can be your QB's and they wouldn't survive behind that Oline.... I'm not a Vick fan, at all, but that Oline play was pretty brutal last year. we can't keep troting King Dunlap out there.


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