With the 2016 NFL draft a few weeks away, rumors are heating up regarding the Philadelphia Eagles and what they are going to do with the No. 8 overall pick. After re-signing Sam Bradford and signing former Kansas Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel, it would appear that the Eagles are set at the quarterback position. While the contracts for Bradford and Daniel sound like a lot of money, they are actually both very short-term deals, which means the Eagles can get rid of both of them after a year or two. With the long-term quarterback situation still uncertain, many analysts believe there is a chance that the Eagles could trade up in the upcoming draft in order to select either North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz or California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff.
As reported by the Inquisitr, the Eagles have recently been linked to Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott and Notre Dame defensive tackle Ronnie Stanley. In addition to Elliott and Stanley, there have been whispers regarding Wentz or Goff falling to the Eagles at No. 8. While there is still a chance that Wentz or Goff could slip to the Eagles, the organization has to do everything they can to acquire one of them if they believe they are franchise quarterbacks.Regarding the teams drafting in front of the Eagles, the biggest threats to take a quarterback are the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, and San Francisco 49ers. Even after signing Robert Griffin III, the Browns are still rumored to be interested in drafting Wentz at No. 2. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has denied reports that the team will take a quarterback in the first round, but analysts around the league believe otherwise. With the Colin Kaepernick situation, the 49ers also appear to be in the market for a new quarterback.
If the Eagles want to guarantee that they get one of the top quarterbacks, they are going to have to trade with the Titans for the No. 1 overall pick. While former Eagles head coach Chip Kelly denies it, numerous reports have come out stating that the organization attempted to trade for current Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in last year's draft, as reported by CBS Sports. While the Titans were not willing to move the No. 2 overall pick last year, they may be more willing to make a deal now since they have their quarterback.As reported by NFL, some insiders believe the Eagles are going to attempt to trade up in order to draft Wentz.
"Don't be surprised if a team like the Eagles makes a really strong move up the board to get (Carson) Wentz. I don't think he's worth it, but I think they do. Everyone thinks you have to move ahead of Cleveland, but (Browns Chief Strategy Officer Paul DePodesta) will want to get as many picks as possible out of this draft. It wouldn't surprise me if a team moved directly to Cleveland's spot for Wentz."After this report came out, Bleeding Green Nation also confirmed the rumor that the Eagles are interested in moving up to draft a quarterback.
"At the moment, there are four teams in play to trade up to the No. 1 spot: Cleveland (as insurance against losing their preference of Goff or Wentz), San Francisco (No. 7), Philadelphia [No. 8] and Los Angeles (No. 15). And I don't believe it will take the "king's ransom"After trading with the Miami Dolphins to move from No. 13 to No. 8, the Eagles' chances of being able to move up further have increased tremendously. The only issue is they do not have a pick in the second round this year. While the Titans could possibly accept a third-round pick or a second-round pick next year, the Eagles are going to have to put together a compelling trade package. Regardless, if the Eagles value Wentz and Goff as highly as many insiders believe they do, they will find a way to make the deal happen.
A lot is going to change over the next few weeks, but the Philadelphia Eagles will likely continue to be linked to North Dakota State Bison quarterback Carson Wentz and California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff. While there is a chance that Wentz or Goff could slip to the Eagles at No. 8, they are probably going to have to make a trade to acquire one of them.
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