Posted on: December 16, 2008 2:44 am

Draft, Day 2

Originally posted 4/27/08.

The 3rd round is underway, although it somehow seems less prestigious now that it's been lumped with 4 thru 7 on day 2. Nevertheless, the Birds have about 120 picks in these 5 rounds so it's important that they make some good decisions and fill in their various gaps. And some of us (i.e. me) might still be secretly hoping that we decide to throw a chunk of those picks into a package with, say, an injury-prone CB that we can't seem to unload on another team, and magically trade for an elite WR. Hey, it could happen. Surely the Bengals will come to their senses eventually, considering Ocho Cinco's inspiring dedication to whining incessantly.

Anyway, since the Eagles seem to have given up on acquiring an OT anytime soon, I'm looking for a defensive back... preferably a safety but the pickins are slim there (sure, we could have picked S Tyrell Johnson in the 2nd round, but the Birds seem to have a recent propensity for trading down when
exactly what they need is left on the board... seems like a wise strategy.) I was thinking maybe a CB, but in the spirit of never choosing what I was actually hoping for, the Eagles took DE Bryan Smith from McNeese State. Fair enough though, we could always use another DE, especially after finally getting rid of the decreasingly productive Kearse. I don't have the slightest clue where in the world McNeese State is, or if it's an actual college or just an online degree program, but I'll trust the Eagles' judgment here for the time being. Sure, they drafted DE Victor Abiamiri in the 2nd round last year and I've yet to see any sign of life there, but they also drafted Trent Cole so I'll call it even for now.

I'll update/complain more in the 4th.

Update: 12:23 p.m.

I guess I should have been more specific when I asked for an OT from Pittsburgh. But on the plus side, we did finally get a much-needed tackle, right after I decided the Eagles weren't going to draft one this year. Shows how much I know. Anyway, I'm going to hope that Pitt had a monster o-line last year and that Mike McGlynn is somewhere in the remote vicinity of Jeff Otah-level talent. At this point, anyone better than Justice is OK in my book.

Update: 1:02 p.m.

And there's our safety, UTEP's Quintin Demps. I don't know a whole lot about Demps, but I do know that we needed a safety so we'll see how he pans out.

On an unrelated note, Chris has been unbearably homerish this afternoon in his glorification of Eli Manning. I'm sure I'm not alone here in my ongoing agony over the fact that I had to witness Eli Manning winning a Super Bowl, something I didn't think I'd ever have to see in my lifetime. Surely god hates me, because this remains the only feasible explanation. Even 3 months later, every time I make a jab about Eli, Chris can always throw his being Super Bowl MVP back in my face. It doesn't matter that Eli only performed well about 25% of the time last year, or that he'll probably suck the rest of his career- he still has the same number of Super Bowl victories as Peyton. Do you ever get the feeling that Peyton is secretly really pissed about the Giants' win?

Category: NFL
Tags: Draft, Eagles
Posted on: December 16, 2008 2:37 am
Edited on: December 16, 2008 2:40 am

Draft Day Has Arrived

Originally posted 4/26/08.

Well here it is... Draft Day 2008, or as we like to call it in our apartment, Christmas. But instead of a new iPod, the top of my wishlist includes 340 pounds of Pittsburghian offensive tackle. Hopefully Santa doesn't disappoint this year.

Quite a few drafts have us picking WRs Devin Thomas (Mich St) or Limas Sweed (Texas). Growing up an Oklahoma fan, I'm inherently skeptical of Longhorn product Sweed, but my concern about such a pick goes beyond that. Frankly, I don't trust the Eagles' ability to draft a WR, particularly in the first round. Freddie Mitchell, anyone? And I'm still not sure how well Reggie Brown (2nd round, 04) will ultimately pan out. The most productive Eagles WRs over the past several years (T.O., Kevin Curtis, Stallworth in the 12 minutes that he was healthy) have all been acquired as vets, via trades or free agency, and so I'm not inclined to start trusting our luck in drafting a WR this year with the 19th overall pick (or higher if we trade up). So I'd like to see the Birds wait till at least the 2nd of 3rd rounds to draft a WR- but still keeping my fingers crossed for an unexpected mid-draft Chad/Roy/Anquan Boldin trade.

I'll update this post throughout the draft with my thoughts and cynical commentary.

Update: 5:23 p.m.

We traded out of the 1st round? Again? I've been waiting patiently for over 2 hours to see who we pick, but the Eagles apparently enjoy inflicting mental anguish. With Jeff Otah on the board, we handed him off to Carolina. OK, so we got a lot out of the trade (Carolina's 2nd and 4th and next year's 1st round) but... seriously? Runyon and Tra Thomas are each approximately 87 years old... but oh yeah, we've also got... Winston Justice. Oh sweet Jesus we're f*cked. Let's hope the Eagles address this ASAP.

And then there's still the Lito mystery... where will he end up? Any interesting trade packages in the making?

Update: 8:04 p.m.

And they traded down again! Those sneaky bastards! But, after driving me within an inch of my sanity, the Eagles finally made 2 picks. I was lamenting right before the picks how I really really would prefer not to see them pick up a DT here- I mean, surely after drafting Patterson and Bunkley in 05 and 06, the Eagles wouldn't draft another DT this early? And the Eagles select... Trevor Laws? Who the f is that? Another DT, good god was that necessary?

But then the Eagles somewhat made up for this by picking up a 1st round-caliber WR in DeSean Jackson. Despite being 3 foot 9 and medically classfied as "hobbit", the guy appears to have some serious speed. And we are in desperate need of a good return man. As a quick memory refresher, we had Jeremy Bloom whom we sunk 2 entire offseasons into developing before promptly cutting him without bothering to secure a marginally non-crappy backup, and then proceeded to use 2 guys who had never returned a punt in their lives who then fumbled 2 punts that single-handedly cost us the Packers game. So this is a nice addition, even if he does weigh less than Karen Carpenter.

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