Tennessee FS Eric Berry is a player that many Eagles fans covet. Is there any chance that we can get him, considering the fact he's a Top 10 pick? Chances are that this won't happen. But...there is a glimmer of hope.
The first order of business is having Berry fall a couple of spots. Let's look at a potential draft scenario up high:
1 - STL - QB Sam Bradford
2 - DET - DT Ndamukong Suh
3 - TAM - DT Gerald McCoy
4 - WAS - OT Russell Okung
5 - KC --- OT Bryan Bulaga
6 - SEA - OT Trent Williams
7 - CLE - DE Jared Odrick
8 - OAK - someone confusing
9 - BUF -
The Bills have FS Jairus Byrd already in place. He had a great rookie year. The Bills have a lot of holes so I don't see them taking Berry. Trading back is a distinct possibility. I'm sure plenty of other teams would be calling the Bills. How many of them could offer 2 picks in the top 37?
If you go off the updated Draft Value Chart , pick #9 is worth 1350 points. 24 and 37 would combine for 1270 points. We could throw in a 4th round pick or some player to make up the difference. In a fantasy world Max Jean-Gilles would be that player.
There are a lot of moving parts to this scenario. You need KC, SEA, and CLE to pass on Berry. You need all 3 OTs off the board by 9. You also need the Bills willing to drop from 9 to 24. In other words...this isn't likely to happen. It is possible, though.
As for other targets...we could use pick 55 or 70 to move into the mid-teens to get FS Earl Thomas. There has been speculation about dealing up for CB Kyle Wilson. I'm not sure how likely that is. Good player, but I don't know that I deal up for him with a 2nd or 3rd round pick. That's costly. I guess we'll find out how much the Eagles like him soon enough.
MORE ON VICK
A few months back I raised the question of whether Mike Vick would be willing to return as a backup, especially if we dealt McNabb. It is one thing to be Donovan's caddy, but sitting behind Kevin Kolb is a whole other story. Things have changed in the last 6 weeks. Vick was interviewed several times and talked about his desire to be a starter. I think that scared off some teams that might have been interested. Mike thought playing the role of the contrite QB for a year would get him back in the good graces of the NFL world. 2010 would be his return to glory.
Not so fast.
What Vick did in 2009 isn't anything special. I hope he understands that the way he behaved is the way you're supposed to. You don't get a starting QB job for doing the right thing and not making waves. On the field he showed us some good glimpses, but hardly anything that made you feel that other teams would absolutely view him as a starter.
I think Vick was surprised to see that there was no market for his services. He got served a huge piece of humble pie. Maybe the whole thing. I think Vick has now wrapped his head around the fact he's not likely to be a starter in 2010. Reality bites.
We can still deal him between now and the season. You don't know what team will fail to land a QB in the draft and may view Vick as a stop-gap target. He could be a backup or challenge for a starting role. Or maybe the Eagles do intend to keep him.
RE: Sheldon / Asante
Sean McDermott said after the one Dallas loss that Samuel did fail to play press coverage, which was the design of the play. For Sean to say that publicly tells you that he was pretty ticked off. Sheldon's comments would lead you to believe that there could have been even more problems than that. Anything is possible. I didn't catch wind of guys being disrespectful of Sean. Sheldon wasn't happy with the team because of his contract situation. It is certainly possible that his comments have an agenda. I'm sure freelancing was a problem. Part of that had to be due to the injuries and change on defense. MLB is a key position for making adjustments and calls. We had 6 starters there. FS is critical. We had 2 starters, one a rookie and the other a veteran new to our defense. I'm not too worried about Sheldon's comments. I think Sean McDermott is a good young coach who just had some real difficult circumstances to deal with.
RE: Brandon Spikes
Someone asked if we should take him in the 2nd or 3rd. No. If he's on the board in the late 4th I'm open to thinking about him. In the 5th I'm certainly open to taking Spikes. He's big, productive, and a veteran player. We do well with those guys. However, his lack of speed isn't an issue you can just dismiss.