The 2014 NFL Draft is one of the deepest drafts in recent memory. We don't yet know if it will have superstars like Peyton Manning or J.J. Watt but we do know there is a lot of top-rated talent entering the draft. There is a record 98 underclassmen entering the 2014 Draft, 25 more than the previous-record 73 who entered the 2013 NFL draft.
Think about that for a second. Nearly 100 players are entering this year's draft than simply waiting a year and entering in 2014. That means there are going to be some quality players found in some later rounds.
Iggles Blitz's Tommy Lawlor suggests the Eagles should considering moving down in the draft to acquire more picks in such a deep draft.
I don't know if I necessarily agree with Lawlor's suggestion as it currently stands. Just 12 months ago I would've jumped all over the idea but now I'm a bit hesitant. The Eagles stayed in their slot (for the most part - Matt Barkley as the exception) in last year's draft and wound up with some solid players who have promising futures with the Eagles.
That model has me excited for what the Eagles with the 22nd overall pick and the other six picks they have in 2014. They have seven total picks in the draft with two in the fifth round, one of which being New England's thanks to the Isaac Sopoaga trade.
If next year's draft is going to be as shallow as people expect, why not move one or more of next year's picks to acquire more picks in this year's draft?
The obvious rebuttal to that is, of course, the trend of more and more underclassmen entering the draft as this year featured 25 more than last year and next year could feature even more underclassmen. That is something teams certainly cannot plan for as they must handle their business now.
That's a risk I'd be willing to take if the right opportunity were to present itself on draft day. Obviously, Howie Roseman will have to look at his big board and decide in May whether or not it would be beneficial to the team to acquire more picks, however they do it, in 2014. This is certainly a viable option for filling the Eagles' holes heading into the 2014 season.
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