Thursday, September 3, 2015

Report: Eagles among teams looking to trade up to No. 4

The Eagles are among about four teams that have inquired about trading with Cleveland for the fourth overall pick in the draft, league sources told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Report: Eagles among teams looking to trade up to No. 4

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Will Eagles GM Howie Roseman make a move for a better first-round pick? (Mark Stehle/AP)
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The Eagles are among about four teams that have inquired about trading with Cleveland for the fourth overall pick in the draft, league sources told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The Eagles have the 15th overall pick in Round 1 and also have two-second round picks at No. 46 and No. 51 (acquired from Arizona in the Kevin Kolb trade). The report indicates that would make them an attractive trading partner, but the Browns would have to be willing to slide all the way to No. 15.

The report also identifies the Rams, who have the sixth pick and two second-rounders. Rams coach Jeff Fisher has said he would be interested in moving up. The two other teams are not identified in the report.

The speculation is that teams are interested in Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who has made a meteoric rise up draft boards. That has been somewhat strange, when you consider that he spent most of his time at A&M as a wide receiver and has only started 19 games at quarterback.

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He also suffered a broken foot in January, missed the Senior Bowl and was limited at the combine.

More than 20 teams attended his Pro Day. The Eagles were not among them, but did send quarterback coach Doug Pederson to Texas for a private workout. He also has done a private workout for the Chiefs and is expected to visit with the Bills next week. Tannehill has a visit scheduled with the Browns this weekend.

The Eagles and Browns have pulled off trades before, given that Brown GM Tom Heckert worked for the Eagles and team president Mike Holmgren is Andy Reid's mentor. NFL Network analsyst Mike Mayock suggested last week that the Eagles could possibly trade up for Tannehill.

Heckert said at the owners meetings that he has preliminary talks with some teams and that he would be willing to move back a few spots. According to the Plain Dealer, the Browns have brought in a number of players who seem more likely to go in the teens that in the Top 5, although that could be due diligence. The safe pick for Cleveland would seemingly be to stay close enough to the top of the draft that they could select Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

One would have to think that if Tannehill is still there at No. 8, the Dolphins would select him.

A trade would not happen until draft day, because it is unclear what Minnesota will do at No. 3. The Vikings could also be looking to move down.

Another scenario, as the report suggests, is that teams might be interested in a player other than Tannehill such as USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon.

There is still nearly 2 weeks until the draft so expect the speculation to continue.

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