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Eagles may trade up to draft a first-round receiver

Odell Beckham

After cutting DeSean Jackson, the Eagles may be looking to draft his replacement.

Peter King of TheMMQB.com reports that the Eagles want in on the prime receiver action, and General Manager Howie Roseman is talking to at least two teams in the middle of the first round. The Eagles own the 22nd pick in the first round, and they may have eyes for a receiver who will be gone by then.

King surmises that LSU’s Odell Beckham is the receiver Philadelphia is thinking about trading up to draft, and that USC’s Marqise Lee would be their fallback option if they can’t get Beckham.

The kind of trade it would take to draft Sammy Watkins of Clemson would be too rich for the Eagles’ blood, and a trade up for Mike Evans of Texas A&M would likely be too much for Philadelphia as well. But a receiver like Beckham, Lee, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State or Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State would be an option for a team that wants a new threat in the passing game after getting rid of Jackson.

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  1. phillyshouldsignmaclin says: May 5, 2014 6:28 AM

    As an Eagle fan, a trade up for Pryor would make more sense

  2. pv1960 says: May 5, 2014 6:35 AM

    Just get three quality players who can contribute in the weak areas and the draft will be a success.

  3. orivar says: May 5, 2014 6:40 AM

    The team needs to focus on defense.

  4. ahsinnyc says: May 5, 2014 6:48 AM

    Wait, and they cut DJax? I guess it was all a money play. Pay a rookie about 1/3 of DJax and keep him for 4-5 years.

  5. lostsok says: May 5, 2014 6:48 AM

    I think Cooks will be there, but they’d need to move ahead to the Jets to be sure of Beckham.

  6. sxs32 says: May 5, 2014 6:55 AM

    Since when did people think that 6-7 receivers would be drafted before pick #22? This seems like a far fetched scenario.

  7. joeknowsnada says: May 5, 2014 6:59 AM

    If the Chipster is going to be the “Offensive side of the ball” version of Buddy Ryan, we won’t win a thing. You need both sides of the equation. Sounds like they think they are “set” at safety for 2014, since they don’t rate this safety class as very good, per Howie’s comments. Sounds as if, as well, they think they can generate pass rush and have adequate DB play based on what they already have in house. Hope they get some DEE in this draft, but, it sounds as if it won’t be anybody that can step right in and get it done at a high level. Ugh.

  8. ravenswhat says: May 5, 2014 7:01 AM

    Lee is so much better than Beckham. And Lee should be there at 22. Karma is going to bite Chip.

  9. billsfan1 says: May 5, 2014 7:05 AM

    There’s speculation that buffalo could think of beck ham at 9 if Evans is gone or they don’t trade up. They may have to trade up that high to get him too, but lee should be there

  10. ace8842 says: May 5, 2014 7:06 AM

    There are articles like this ever year, so I don’t put much stock in this one. Doubt Eagles have ammo to trade up.

  11. oldbyrd says: May 5, 2014 7:16 AM

    Somebody explain to me again why they cut DJax? If only he would have made All Pro? If only he demanded double coverage. If only he had speed. Oh well sorry I asked. Off field issues? Did anybody warn The Redskins? Better get an authentic pass rusher. Their is plenty of receiver’s that can at least help fill the void. Ever hear of The Sea Hawks?

  12. rjmarrella says: May 5, 2014 7:19 AM

    How good is o. Beckham?

  13. Robert Chandler says: May 5, 2014 7:21 AM

    Trade with Minnesota at #8. They seem primed to move down.

  14. bobbyhoying says: May 5, 2014 7:25 AM

    So they floated this rumor because they plan to take a safety?

  15. nfl fan says: May 5, 2014 7:31 AM

    It’s been 19,487 days since the Eagles last title…maybe you should trade up.

  16. Eutaw's Finest says: May 5, 2014 7:37 AM

    I’d be willing to bet the Ravens @ 17 are one of the teams they are talking to. But it’s going to cost them #22, #54 and a late round pick as well.

  17. seabreezes51 says: May 5, 2014 7:42 AM

    Unless it’s Evans I would wait to see who falls. Someone that should be on the Eagles’ radar and should be a top 15 is gonna fall to 22.
    It doesn’t have to be a WR.

  18. phillyguyindc says: May 5, 2014 7:43 AM

    I don’t think they need to move to draft a WR. After Watkins and Evans, the next three have similar grades.

    If Beckham, Benjamin or Cooks falls to early second round, I can see them trading up at that time.

  19. sylvester000001 says: May 5, 2014 7:50 AM

    One of the problems this site has is it’s man-crush on Peter King.

    Basically we have the Eagles cutting Jackson for “football reasons” saying they want a different type of receiver.

    Yet King is saying they’re going to not only draft, but move up to draft (with no assets to trade) to draft a Jackson clone.

    I think the better p.ov. is that King is probably doing the Eagles a favor and assisting them in a smokescreen, for whatever reason he would do that.

    If the Eagles were to actually be interested in what King says they are, they will then be proven liars regarding the Jackson stuff. Lurie and co. aren’t exactly immune from getting egg on the franchise’s face, but they would never do something this blatently two-faced.

  20. sjoyner59 says: May 5, 2014 7:52 AM

    Cut a wide out then draft one,people think Chip is this great coach but when I think of this past season I remember it was first at about the half yard line and he has the rookie QB out of USC rolling out where he fumbled….stupidest play call in the history of the NFL

  21. ejm845 says: May 5, 2014 7:57 AM

    Trade 1st rd pic to with fins for dion Jordan take penn st wr Robinson in second rd even if u have to trade up in 2nd to get him

  22. jbevi117 says: May 5, 2014 7:59 AM

    Trade all of our picks for the number 1 pick and draft Clowney. Yolo.

  23. bassplucker says: May 5, 2014 7:59 AM

    Lot of chatter about the Bears at 14 looking for a tradedown if their top 2 or 3 targets are off the board by then. If that is high enough for the Eagles to get who they want, I could see it happening… though I am really not sure there are 3 WRs worthy of a Top 15 pick this year.

  24. sclazo says: May 5, 2014 8:02 AM

    Lets see how much they really want Dion Jordan on draft day.

  25. jnks10 says: May 5, 2014 8:03 AM

    ahsinnyc says:May 5, 2014 6:48 AM

    Wait, and they cut DJax? I guess it was all a money play. Pay a rookie about 1/3 of DJax and keep him for 4-5 years.
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    Don’t forget the whole not having an attitude toward the coaches, not have problems off the field, not be a head ache to deal with, not be a guy who quit for an ENITRE SEASON and admitted to it just because of money, then ask for more money again 2 years later, and only care about 1 guy and not the whole team. I guess all those things would be different too.

  26. jbeagles23 says: May 5, 2014 8:08 AM

    I agree. Trade up and get Pryor.

  27. olduke says: May 5, 2014 8:08 AM

    I’d rather trade down and draft Latimer, than to give up multiple picks to get Beckham. Maybe they will try to package Brandon Graham, plus picks to move up for Anthony Barr? That would make more sense to me. Get Barr, and then gt Latimer in the 2nd? That would make a successful draft!

  28. txstaff says: May 5, 2014 8:18 AM

    They can get Brandin Cooks where they’re at

  29. doctorart2013 says: May 5, 2014 8:23 AM

    The Eagles will get a receiver that Kelly can use on all downs, and in the red zone, Kelly’s earned the trust to call the shots, not the peanut gallery.

  30. dlove4392 says: May 5, 2014 8:25 AM

    I like them staying at #22 taking kyle fuller CBkr someone on defense. I don’t think they should trade up with only 6 picks if, anything I would trade back acquire more picks

  31. nitro276 says: May 5, 2014 8:27 AM

    With defensive needs and only 6 picks to begin with and they want to trade up for a receiver? Yikes!!

  32. freevinnycurry says: May 5, 2014 8:28 AM

    “orivar says:
    May 5, 2014 6:40 AM
    The team needs to focus on defense”

    – That seems to be the obvious point of view but let’s remember that Green Bay, Indianapolis, New Orleans and New England were all teams in recent memory who won the Lombardi with average defenses and unstoppable offenses. Give Chip Kelly the offensive pieces and suffocate the opponent.

  33. htown995 says: May 5, 2014 8:29 AM

    Eagles aint gonna go to playoffs this year it will be the giants in nfc

  34. pftfan says: May 5, 2014 8:38 AM

    St. Louis 2nd – Sammy Watkins
    Tampa Bay 7th – Mike Evans
    Pittsburgh 15th – Odell Beckham Jr
    New York 18th – Brandin Cooks

    That’s the 4 top WR’s gone before the 20’s. So I can understand why they’d look to trade up.

  35. dynaco says: May 5, 2014 8:42 AM

    Giving up a #22 and a #54 will have the Jets calling as well. 3 picks in the top 54 is nothing to sneeze at.

  36. hotep999 says: May 5, 2014 8:49 AM

    Don’t get caught up in the hype.. stay put and grab best player available. Believe in the system.. it works.

  37. floratiotime says: May 5, 2014 8:49 AM

    Dream Team 2014 shaping up nicely. Can a Superbowl guarantee be far off ?

  38. coloradofort says: May 5, 2014 8:51 AM

    or maybe they won’t……….

  39. lennymoorerules says: May 5, 2014 8:51 AM

    Lee maybe a better route runner than Beckham but I think Beckham is a better player. He could be used in the return game.

  40. eaglesw00t says: May 5, 2014 8:52 AM

    Not a fan. Only 6 picks this year. Lots of need for both starters and depth. We NEED to use at least 5 of this on the defense. WR should be down the priority chart

  41. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: May 5, 2014 9:04 AM

    Last year the big rumor was how we were going to draft Geno Smith with the 4th pick so, you know, grain of salt.

  42. patc14 says: May 5, 2014 9:16 AM

    National press does not listen to what Chip says. Chip wants a WR with size who can block. Eagles are picking Corey Latimer at #22.

  43. realdealsteel says: May 5, 2014 9:20 AM

    This is crap. Eagles can sit where their at and take Jordan Matthews and be fine. If you dont know who Matthews is, go check him out. Eagles will get a good WR right where their sitting.

  44. arrow43050 says: May 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    The Jets will trade down in round 1, you can take that to the bank. That is why they have left so much money under the cap. Eagles can trade up to 18 for a #3 and take the receive they want.

  45. vusnu says: May 5, 2014 9:43 AM

    Somebody explain to me again why they cut DJax?

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    Cause he was making too much money? Cause he was a dooosh?

  46. hanifmiller says: May 5, 2014 9:47 AM

    There are articles like this ever year, so I don’t put much stock in this one. Doubt Eagles have ammo to trade up.
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    At first I thought this as well but I don’t think the Eagles would be opposed to trading future picks or players like Brandon Graham, Vinny Curry or even Trent Cole.

  47. edavidberg says: May 5, 2014 9:49 AM

    Bears could also be a trade partner with the Eagles at #14. If Bears are going corner they could slide down and still get a good guy.

  48. Lord Oswald Bupkis III says: May 5, 2014 9:59 AM

    Beckham is overrated.

  49. eaglesnoles05 says: May 5, 2014 9:59 AM

    People STILL believe what the Eagles front office puts out there. STILL!?!?! So funny.

  50. billsfan1 says: May 5, 2014 10:00 AM

    I dont really follow the Eagles too close, so let me ask this? Are they really 1 wr away from being a super bowl contender?

    The reason I ask is unless they trade up for Evans or Watkins, is any other wr worth trading up for and losing a pick or two? I dont think so unless they are that set everywhere else.

    There is talk about Buffalo looking to move up for Watkins, and as much as I would love to have him, I do not want to give up the extra picks….

    Just curious as to where Philly stands.

  51. vegasdestroyer says: May 5, 2014 10:02 AM

    Will take too much to move up to get 15?? Beckham. Eagles could move to 20 and get Cooks.

  52. amachikas11 says: May 5, 2014 10:18 AM

    I really hope this is a smokescreen. the whole point of having a deep wide receiver class is that you don’t need to trade up to get a good one. Our defense is obviously the weaker part of our team. The smart thing would be to trade down, get extra picks, get a guy like jordan matthews or cody latimer in the second or even wait to the third and find a solid WR. We should draft an OLB or safety in the first.

  53. afraz89 says: May 5, 2014 10:35 AM

    or…..you don’t cut your #1 receiver and use the pick on the best available defensive player.

  54. ghostof34 says: May 5, 2014 10:45 AM

    bassplucker says:
    May 5, 2014 7:59 AM

    Lot of chatter about the Bears at 14 looking for a tradedown if their top 2 or 3 targets are off the board by then. If that is high enough for the Eagles to get who they want, I could see it happening… though I am really not sure there are 3 WRs worthy of a Top 15 pick this year.
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    As a =Bears fan, I would gladly take your 22nd and an extra 3rd round pick this year, or a second next year, for the 14th. You could get Mike Evans, a big, sure handed, quick enough target for Foles…good for all parties

  55. tvguy22 says: May 5, 2014 10:50 AM

    billsfan1 says: May 5, 2014 10:00 AM

    I dont really follow the Eagles too close, so let me ask this? Are they really 1 wr away from being a super bowl contender?
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    No, they need at least 2 or 3 upgrades on defense too. Next season (2015) is when I think they can make a run.

  56. eaglesnoles05 says: May 5, 2014 10:53 AM

    The eagles need Saftey, sfatey, saftey, saftey, corner, safteym saftey and saftey. Adding an LB WR and pass rush DL would be ok.

    But I’ve seen teams win with way less firepower on O than they have already. Need to start addressing that back end. Dawkins is almost eligible for the HOF, and we still haven’t even come close to sniffing replacing 50% of him.

  57. billy00balls says: May 5, 2014 11:13 AM

    There’s no chance that the Eagles trade up for WR!
    NO CHANCE

  58. buzzlightner says: May 5, 2014 11:16 AM

    Hopefully its a smole screen to move up for a saftey or gilbert

  59. greymares says: May 5, 2014 11:23 AM

    If the Eagles find the means to trade up( I doubt they can). They will be going for the safety, book it.

  60. dynaco says: May 5, 2014 11:27 AM

    arrow43050 says:
    May 5, 2014 9:34 AM

    The Jets will trade down in round 1, you can take that to the bank. That is why they have left so much money under the cap. Eagles can trade up to 18 for a #3 and take the receive they want.
    ================================
    The bank officer wants to know which of the remaining 14 teams will partner the trade. Pretty sure you can scratch #19 and the Pats also.

  61. kastout11 says: May 5, 2014 11:34 AM

    I trust that Howie and the Eagles will make the right selection, but my vote is for them to draft defense in rounds 1 and 2. If this receiving class is as deep as everyone says, there will be a quality receiver in round 3.

  62. iamdinguskhan says: May 5, 2014 11:42 AM

    Eagles have a definite need for a receiver who can stretch the field but they really should draft a pass rusher (Dee Ford) then get a corner in the second round. Not many Safety’s in the draft better than what they got.

  63. richardmswartz says: May 5, 2014 11:50 AM

    It’s probably feelers just to guage cost more so than a defnitie play for a wide receiver. Maybe they rate somebody really high, so high for so long that is what pushed them to sour on Jackson. Maybe it’s also to guage what it would take if Clinton-Dix or Barr start to slip.

  64. birdgang321 says: May 5, 2014 12:06 PM

    I would love to trade up for Pryor. This defense needs an enforcer that we have lacked since Dawkins.

  65. 541eagle says: May 5, 2014 12:09 PM

    Mike Mayock and some other have it right by having Cooks above Beckham. Beckham had a whopping 2 TDs in sec play!! And huge drops and disappearing acts as well.

    Cooks is better than Beckham in every aspect of the game. 3/4″ difference in height doesn’t make Beckham better. Cooks has better hands, runs better routes, obviously much faster and is obviously stronger. Go get Cooks chip.

  66. Matt dog from C-town says: May 5, 2014 12:33 PM

    why to trade up? Plenty of good recievers to last through the whole first round.

  67. obryan140 says: May 5, 2014 12:56 PM

    If possible, get Anthony barr, if not him Pryor or Fuller would be great.

  68. indyeaglesfreak says: May 5, 2014 1:37 PM

    The Eagles WILL NOT draft Beckham, Cooks or any other WR of their stature. Chip released Djax so he could rebuild our WR core to his image. He wants large physical wideouts. So look for Evans, Lee or Benjamin to be drafted by the Eagles. Although Evans most likely is not going to be an option

  69. indyeaglesfreak says: May 5, 2014 1:39 PM

    Everyone keeps saying they will take defense with first pick, well be ready to be upset cuz Chip is an offensive minded coach who wants to sure up his offense before he thinks defense. He will draft a WR in round 1 and maybe again in round 3. You can garuntee that. So plz don’t boo our team when he doesn’t draft a safety or LB in round 1

  70. rohrerj10 says: May 5, 2014 2:23 PM

    If we aren’t trading up for Evans of Watkins then why trade up? I don’t see how Beckham is any better than Lee or Cooks. And if those 5 just happen to be gone by 22, then let’s go with one of the 5 corners, the 2 of 3 safeties or Anthony Barr. We don’t NEED a WR in the 1st round

  71. mikefootball says: May 5, 2014 2:26 PM

    I HOPE this is a smoke screen and want to trade up to get Calvin Pryor!

  72. rohrerj10 says: May 5, 2014 2:29 PM

    Or let’s trade Mathis for a 4th or 5th, swap picks with the 9ers for a 3rd rounder and take that OG from UCLA. Get one of the next tier of WR (Matthews, Latimer, Adams, ect) in the 2nd then take Desir in the 3rd

  73. cslaxcoach says: May 5, 2014 2:50 PM

    Its a great move.. Trade one of your 5 remaining draft picks (1st + a 2nd probably) to move up and take a guy who probably wont be even 1/2 as good or scary to opponents as Desean Jackson who you cut for “football reasons”. LOL.. As a giant fan, please trade up.. Don’t address your glaring needs on defense in the draft, just trade up and get a receiver. If they do that, they better be trading up for Jerry Rice in his prime.. Why woulnt they be smart and draft the best player available and make the team better? but then again, theyre the Eagles, LOL

  74. stonefish67 says: May 5, 2014 3:04 PM

    Their talent moves, lately, OFTEN leaves one scratching heir head.
    Even with Reid gone, some hard to swallow picks keep oozing in.

  75. nyeagles10 says: May 5, 2014 3:52 PM

    WR, PASS RUSHER, SAFETY, AND MAYBE NOSE TACKLE DEPTH

  76. fbrets0922 says: May 5, 2014 6:19 PM

    You have that right, the Eagles don’t put a great deal of value on the Wide Out, it has been about the O-line and that Westbrook / Marshall Faulk running back. We have had great WR’s like Freddie Mitchell, Brown, Small. No it is about the TE, RB and the Slot WR, the Eagles need a slot guy, Macklin doesn’t get the yards but scores TD’s far more than DJ. You can not stretch the field unless you give your QB time to throw. DJ had a record year but the Eagles O-line did a great job giving Nick time as well as the threat of McCoy, Brown and Cooper and the TE’s keep the other team honest and gave DJ the time to fly.

  77. babylon15 says: May 6, 2014 5:14 AM

    Too many holes to fill. Thus us a crucial year to shape the roster not add one piece..

    Trade BACK, grab more picks with this draft being so deep..

  78. babylon15 says: May 6, 2014 5:19 AM

    And what has Chip earned that he gets a pass on shipping out a top 10 Threat and getting nothing back, then has the balls to say it’s Strictly a football decision?? A Football decision?

    Now WR becomes a priority when we could focus on OLB, CB, or a Safety.. Nope, we are back filling, not moving forward. And everybody wants to give Kelly a pass..?

  79. thefirstsmilergrogan says: May 6, 2014 11:38 AM

    as for me, i give chip wide latitude. i thought 6-10 was probable and that 8-8 would be a great season last year; installing new systems with new coaches everywhere, not having enough players capable of the 3-4, quarterback questions, etc.

    but the team showed improvement week after week. something andy’s last several teams never did. the games were fun to watch again.

    so whatever they decide to do will be o.k., but this really sounds like a swerve to me. really don’t think they would give up pick 54 to jump a receiver in a deeper wr draft than any one before.

    if they move up, they will either trade a player (brown or graham or mathis) to make a big move or a 4th or 6th to move up a couple spots to grab someone. still think they go defense in the first round; particularly if fuller dix dennard or a pass rusher are still there.

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