Eagles Mailbag – Thinking About Trades and 1st-round LBs

So many questions. 

We got to the first bunch Monday and the second on Tuesday

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I understand the thought process here. Suddenly, the Eagles have a stable of young cornerbacks and can maybe flip one for a pick. But it's a good thing to have depth like this and there are still some questions. While I really think Sidney Jones is going to be the real deal, it's too early to tell and we didn't get enough of a look at him late in the year after he came back from his Achilles surgery. It'll be interesting to see him in OTAs and training camp. 

The other part of this is Patrick Robinson's impending free agency. If he leaves, the Eagles will have to basically start three of those four players, leaving just one on the bench. And, remember, Ronald Darby is entering a contract year, so the Eagles will probably try to extend him. Until that's done, the future isn't clear.

For a long time, I thought Darby and Jones outside with Mills inside made sense. But I don't know how the Eagles can possibly take Mills off the field. Maybe Mills could play outside in base and move inside in nickel. Or maybe Jones could play inside. If I'm the Eagles, I don't turn a strength back into a possible weakness again. 

The Eagles would probably love to trade Vinny Curry, but like you said, I'm not sure there's much value. And it's not because Curry isn't a good player. In fact, I think he's coming off the best season of his career. I'm just not sure what team would be willing to take on his hefty contract. If there was a team out there, they won't give up much, especially with the knowledge the Eagles will likely cut Curry if they can't trade him. 

I'll be honest. One of the downsides of the Eagles' run to the Super Bowl is I'm now way behind on draft prep; I'm watching a ton as I try to catch up. But I had already watched plenty of Evans in passing (and I liked what I saw) so I turned my attention to Vander Esch. 

I heard NFL Network's Mike Mayock say how impressive Esch was in the Las Vegas Bowl, so I watched that game. Mayock was right. The thing that impressed me the most was the linebacker's athleticism. Watching him break to the ball and even drop in coverage stood out. We know the Eagles have had trouble in the past covering backs out of the backfield, but this kid seems to have that type of ability. I'm now really interested to see what kind of numbers he puts up at the combine. 

There seems to be a decent chance that neither player will be on the board when the Eagles are on the clock at 32. I think Evans will definitely be gone and Esch might be a quick riser. 

Oh, yeah, let me actually answer the question. Right now, I'd probably go with Evans. I think he's more of a sure thing and might be able to start right away. 


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