Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly shocked the league Saturday when they jumped up to the top of the fourth round to grab USC quarterback Matt Barkley. Heading into the draft Barkley was seen as, at worst, a second round prospect and nobody saw him dropping all the way to the fourth round.
The Eagles traded up with the Jacksonville Jaguars to move up to the 98th spot and take USC quarterback Matt Barkley at the top of the fourth round. Barkley is an interesting pickup for the Eagles. He was once regarded as the blue chip quarterback in his class but tumbled mightily due to a disastrous senior season.
He joins an already crowded depth chart at quarterback with Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon, and G. J. Kinne already there. Adding Barkley to the mix brings up some interesting questions as we head into training camp. It seems unlikely the team will carry Vick, Foles, and Barkley but they may do just that. Or, will they look to trade Foles or release Vick when the time comes?
From a purely strategic and forward thinking standpoint it would make sense to move on from Vick and roll with Foles and Barkley as the top two guys as their skillsets are more attuned with each other than Vick and Barkley.
It seems unlikely that Barkley will be brought in to challenge for the starting job right away. This is likely a case of the Eagles seeing a guy who they thought to be a great value pick and as a guy who could develop into their starter two years down the road.
The 2013 NFL Draft is just over a week away and the Philadelphia Eagles currently hold the fourth pick in the draft. There has been a lot of speculation as to what the Eagles will do with this pick. Will they take a defensive tackle or an edge rusher to play in the 3-4 defense? Do they land one of the stud offensive tackles in this draft? Or, will they roll the dice on a potential franchise quarterback? What are the chances any of this happens come next Thursday?
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The 2013 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and it is time to discuss post-free agency pre-draft team needs on offense. The team is pretty well set at the skill positions for the time being with Pro Bowl talent at both the running back and wide receiver positions. The Tight End position could use an elite level talent and the offensive line needs to be re-stocked with younger players who could potentially step in and play right away if need be. The looming question, without a real long term solution at QB in the fold, is there a QB in this draft that Chip Kelly and Pat Shurmur are enamored with enough to spend the 4th overall pick on him.
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Thus far the 2012 NFL draft is looking like one of the stronger ones in recent franchise history. In recent memory the Eagles have had very mixed results with the players they drafted under the Andy Reid Era. Let’s take a look back at who the Eagles drafted in the first draft involving General Manager Howie Roseman.
Of the nine players taken last April eight of them made it to the active roster and appeared in at least four games a piece. Five even managed to start at least one game or more.