Will Howie Roseman be compelled to make a splash move during the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft because it’s in Philly? Will he want to play to the crowd and make a move that will ensure electrified cheers instead of either a relatively mundane reaction or, worse yet, disappointed boos?
We all know Howie loves to trade, he wheels and deals like no other!
This question has been in the back of my mind all offseason. Yesterday, I read an article by Bob Grotz of the Delco Times where he thinks that Roseman should make a splash in this draft by way of trading up in Round 1.
The “home run target”, as Grotz says, would be Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore.
In Grotz’ view, the Eagles would have to give up their second round pick in order to move up far enough to land him. That sounds about right as far as cost to move up into the top 10 is concerned.
However, I think that would be a bad move. I also don’t think it would be as much of a splash as he thinks.
Do the Eagles need a Cornerback? Obviously. Is Lattimore the best prospect in the draft? Yes. Would it be worth the cost of a second round pick?
That cannot be answered at this point, but I would venture to say no because of two things: Lattimore has had just one year of productivity and has an injury history that is cause for concern.
I’d certainly take Lattimore at pick 14, but is he the type of player you trade up for? Is he a “slam dunk”?
I like him, but I wouldn’t put him in the same class as recent top CBs such as Patrick Peterson and Jalen Ramsey. Those guys were the type of players I’d say yes, trade up for them if you can get them. However, top CBs in draft classes don’t always pan-out either…
Trae Waynes, Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, Dee Milliner and Mo Claiborne spring to mind when thinking about top-rated prospects not living up to expectations.
In any case, this isn’t really about Lattimore per-say, it’s more about the aspect of trading up. For a team with as many holes as the Eagles and in a draft ripe with talent that is three-four rounds deep, wouldn’t you rather have more picks…not less?
The Eagles don’t have a second-round pick in next year’s draft, do you really want to give up our second this year? And for a player whose draft status is based on a limited sample size and is more about projection/perceived upside?
Grotz states in his article that he thinks it would be “1999 all over again” if they trade back in the first round (i.e., a lot of booing). That could be true, but it will depend on exactly what player(s) the fan base feels they’re bypassing.
I think for the most part, fans understand this isn’t 1999. The Eagles aren’t picking at No. 2 overall where fans can really zero in on a specific prospect that will almost certainly be on the board when they pick.
I also don’t think fans would be “outraged” if we didn’t trade up. I mean really, that would be a lot to expect and I feel that most fans understand the cost factor of giving up a valuable draft pick.
If Roseman wants to “play to the crowd” and create an exciting Philadelphia-based atmosphere, the best play might be to stay put and select the best player possible at 14.
Furthermore, I think the general or casual fans gravitate towards offensive skill players. That means if the Eagles draft someone like John Ross, Corey Davis, Christian McCaffrey or Dalvin Cook, that would likely generate the most cheers. A close second on the fan excitement scale would be Reuben Foster, or if Lattimore somehow slid to this spot.
Another player that hasn’t gotten much buzz about being a possible Eagles pick that could generate some pure Philly area excitement would be Haason Reddick. A player that hails from Temple, plays a position of passion for the die-hards and taken by the home team of the draft should certainly be cause for celebration.
It’ll be interesting to see how Roseman plays this. Will being in Philly really affect his thinking or strategy? It shouldn’t, but it could be easy to get swept up in the moment.
In other words, Roseman knows that if he drafts one of Ross/McCaffrey/Davis/Cook/Foster and probably Reddick, Eagles fans will be like…
If he drafts someone like Gareon Conley or Marlon Humphrey…
If he trades down?…
Depending on who’s on the board, the best play may really be trading down and picking up an extra 2nd or 3rd rounder in a draft full of talent. That may test the patience of a sometimes impatient fan base, but it may be in the best interest of the football team.
One last thought…
What if Roseman stayed put at 14, but then made his “splash” by trading into the first round again using their second and third-round picks? What if they were able to walk away from Day 1 of the draft with, say, Marlon Humprhey and either Dalvin Cook or Christian McCaffrey?
Addressing our two biggest needs with two of the top players at these positions would certainly send the fans in an excited frenzy, would it not?