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Trading Down: What’s the Plan with Pick #52?

Kevin Kinkead - April 27, 2018

So the Birds traded down.

Fair enough, yea? They had the fewest picks in the draft this year, just six, and really didn’t have many holes to fill because, well, they are <Bruce Buffer voice> the REIGNING, DEFENDING, undisputed Super Bowl champions.

Here’s the trade with Baltimore:

  • Eagles gave up picks #32 (1st round) and 132 (4th round)
  • Eagles received picks #52 (2nd round) and 125 (4th round), plus a 2019 second round pick

They flipped a 1st and a 4th for a 2nd, a 2nd, and a 4th. And if you think about pick #32, that’s really just a glorified second rounder anyway, so I think they positioned themselves nicely for the future.

That said, 52 is fairly deep into the second round. You’re going to have 19 teams picking before the Birds finally hit the board, unless Howie Roseman wants to repackage and move back up. They can still pursue a trade with the Colts, who have three second round picks tonight. Cleveland is sitting there at 33 and 35, but God knows they need all the help they can get.

We did see a bit of reaching in the first round, which caused some talented guys to fall into the second, so that’s a boon for Friday night. On the flip side, that means the Eagles had a shot at multiple guys that looked like a good fit for this team, but obviously didn’t feel like there were any pressing roster needs to fill at 32. The theme seems to be that they’re already set for this title defense and won’t approach a more meaningful roster adjustment until 2019.

Today, however, the consensus is that a lot of defensive backfield talent remains on the board. You’ve also got a couple of good tight ends out there. There are a chunk of solid running backs available and some offensive linemen, too, if you want to stash and build behind Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce, and company.

Here are some of the names still on the board:

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The Eagles Met With One of the Top Tackles in the Draft

Kevin Kinkead - March 1, 2018

Could just be due diligence, but the Eagles met with highly-rated tackle Mike McGlinchey on Tuesday.

That’s according to… Mike McGlinchey, who spoke today at the combine:

McGlinchey is Matt Ryan’s cousin. How bout that?

He’s a Philly native who went to Penn Charter before playing college ball at Notre Dame, where he spent time at both right tackle and left tackle. He’s 6’8″, 312 pounds according to his draft profile at NFL.com, which says this about him:

BOTTOM LINE

McGlinchey will need to add more strength and mass to his athletic frame in order to hold up against NFL power, but his technique and instincts are pro-ready. He could be a polarizing prospect based on inconsistencies from his tape, but he gets guys blocked at a much higher rate than he loses his rep. McGlinchey should become an early starter at either tackle position, but his ability to handle bull rushers and power at the point of attack will define the type of career he has.

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Enter Our Week 4 Draft Kings Event With a $500 Prize Pool

Kyle Scott - September 30, 2016

Congrats to Fantasy Harv for winning our Week 2 and 3 event and the Sixers tickets, courtesy of Draft Kings.

Here’s our official Week 4 contest for the Crossing Broad league– you’ll be competing only against Crossing Broad readers. It’s $5 to enter, 100 spots, top 15 finishers win money. Starts 1 p.m. on Sunday. We’ll do the same every week. Feel free to enter any of the other events people are creating in the Crossing Broad league.

Sign up for our league and create your team for our Week 4 event

I’m playing– my handle is bdncb1. I’ll list all the handles that beat me on the site next week.

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Sixers Roundup: Lottery, D’Angelo and Dario

Jim Adair - May 14, 2015

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After saying Doctor J couldn’t make it and having people on Twitter suggest everyone from A.I. to Joel Embiid to Ric Flair (my choice), the Sixers have decided to send Nerlens Noel as their representative at the draft lottery. And along with what it says in the Tweet above, if the Sixers get one, six, and eleven, it should be against the law to ever get rid of Nerlens.

 

D’Angelo Russell

Post-lottery comes the draft, and D’Angelo Russell is reportedly one of the Sixers’ main targets. According to Keith Pompey, Russell would love to join the Sixers and he “has the best chance to become an NBA All-Star of the four projected top picks,” according to an anonymous scout. The Sixers plan to interview Russell today and I can only assume their side of the conversation will go something like this: It was you. It’s always been you. We traded MCW to make room for you.

 

Dario

And in interviews with former draft picks, Hoops Hype talked to Dario Saric. Saric pretty much scuttled any hope that he would be a Sixer next season, though that was always a slim possibility. “Next season?” Saric said. “I don’t know and I can’t speak about that because I don’t know yet the situation, how things are going to work out. I can say that I’m happy here at Efes and I’m also happy that people from Philadelphia came here and want me there. That’s all I can tell you right now. I don’t have any information or any feeling regarding what could happen. I’m just focused on the rest of the season.” He added that he wouldn’t mind staying in Europe to develop since he thinks he could improve his individual game in the NBA but is better off improving his team game in Europe. You really gotta like this guy. [Editor’s note: We hate Dom Brown for this sort of mentality, because we’re fickle. And because Saric has a chance to be something more than a one-time, Tinder-philanderer, all-star.]

Mike Trout is Sliding into Adam Schefter’s DMs for the Draft Scoop

Jim Adair - April 30, 2015

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Wouldn’t you be doing the same thing?

Mariota Trade Could Happen After He’s Picked or Right Now or Never

Jim Adair - April 24, 2015

Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Is that some orange on his shorts or is he just… photo credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Next Thursday will finally be the end of all of the Marcus Mariota to the Eagles speculation, so then we can move on to other topics. Or not. Also there are no other topics.

According to Jason La Canfora at CBS Sports, Mariota could be picked at number two by the Tennessee Titans, and still end up as an Eagle:

The Tennessee Titans will be open to exploring any deal that makes sense for them. The Eagles, Browns, Chargers and possibly Rams will all have at least some degree of interest, and there is ample potential for a swap to occur before the Titans make their selection …

It could just as well occur sometime after, whether it sometime later during the first round of the draft next Thursday, or even perhaps days or weeks after [Ed. note: Weeeeeeeks]. Surely, a few wrinkles could get a bit more tricky in the aftermath of the Titans using the pick, though even then a corresponding transaction would be hardly impossible.

As Bleeding Green Nation points out, the “picking a player first and then trading him” is more of an NBA-style move than NFL, “but if there was ever a time for an unconventional trade to be made, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Chip Kelly involved in it.” So basically it comes down to this: The Eagles could make the trade for the number two pick tomorrow. Or on draft night. Or they could trade for Mariota after he’s picked. Or weeks later. Or after his second season. Or never. This will never end.

The Sixers Should Lose Tonight

Jim Adair - April 15, 2015

Photo Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

There’s one big reason why the fans (and front offices) of both the Sixers and Heat won’t want to win tonight’s game: Miami’s first-round draft pick.

No matter tonight’s outcome, the fate of the pick will not be totally sealed. Miami is locked into finishing 10th or 11th from the bottom. Period. Nothing can change that. And the lottery has many tricks up its sleeve. But here’s what it comes down to: If the Heat finish with the 10th worst record, the Sixers have a 9.1% of lucking into their (the Heat’s) top-10 protected lottery pick. If the Heat finish 11th, those odds jump to 97.1%, and it’s up to the lottery to screw the Sixers over.

So why would both teams want to lose? If the Heat lose …

  • Miami is locked into the 10 spot, giving the Sixers only a 9.1% chance at getting their pick.

If the Sixers lose and …

  • The Magic beat the Nets:
    • Miami and Brooklyn will tie for the 10th spot in the lottery.
    • Both teams will split the balls for the 10 and 11 spot, with one team winning a coin-flip for one extra ping-pong ball and who would draft first if neither team jumps into the top 3. If the Heat were to lose that coin-flip, the Sixers would have their 97.1% chance at the pick.
  • The Knicks beat the Pistons:
    • The Sixers and Knicks will tie for the second spot in the lottery.
    • The Sixers gain up to 22 more ping-pong balls and have a better chance at jumping up to the first or second pick.

So let’s go Sixers… but also also the Heat and the Magic and the Knicks. The association!

Some Coaches Still Think Sam Bradford is Just Trade Bait

Jim Adair - March 16, 2015

Chip Kelly told reporters after acquiring Sam Bradford in a trade that he’s not a trade chip, but no one is convinced. For one, just ask anyone on the street about Sam Bradford. They’re not convinced. But some NFL coaches don’t buy it either, at least according to Josina Anderson:

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That doesn’t mean they know anything we don’t, that just means (some) coaches feel a certain way. That’s fine, it might not mean anything at all. But what if it does? Chip said he wouldn’t “mortgage the future” for anyone, but he might not have to. If the Titans, at number two, decide they really want Bradford, the Eagles might not have to part with that much. It’s a big “if” though, since the 2-14 Titans obviously have bigger question marks than Zach Mettenberger. But it’s still a possibility, and this rumor won’t die until the Eagles actually pick someone in the draft.