What Would Buddy Do?
Day 2 Draft Checklist
Posted on April 27th, 2008 at 7:15 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

sheppard_lito.jpgAnd we are back for Day 2 of the Draft in about 90 seconds. The Birds still have (gulp) ten (10) picks remaining, which mostly means that we’ll see plenty of petty fourth-round trades (”We’ll give you a fourth and a fifth to move up nine picks in the fourth round”).

Other things to look for:

  • The Lito Sheppard trade.  Um, they’re going to trade him, right?  And not just get pennies on the dollar for him?  It’d be cool if an actual pret-a-porter player was involved in the deal and not an additional slate of future considerations.
  • Two offensive linemen you’ve never heard of.  Come on, you know we’re not getting out of this thing without multiple behemouths added to the roster.
  • The obligatory I-AA/ DII/ DIII standout that the Birds will smugly tell us is a great player we’ve never heard of (and whom we’ll all secretly hope is the next B-West).
  • Fifth-round linebacker(s)!
  • Another running back?

Onwards.

DeSean Jackson Talent/ Potential Continuum
Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 8:37 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

DeSeanI wish I was a little more psyched about the DeSean Jackson pick. While the vocal elements of the fanbase should be satisfied with Jackson (It’s a wideout! It’s a wideout), I’m not totally sold quite yet. My anxiety is almost certainly based on ghosts of Eagles WR/ KR failures past.; I see the upside and downside of Jackson as follows:

Upside: Steve Smith (also 5′9″, also a West Coast guy, though a wee bit more stout).

Downside: some horrific combination of Freddie Mitchell (cocky West Coast guy) and Jeremy Bloom (college return prodigy who was too small to break tackles at the pro level). 

It’d be nice if they found a way for him to get him on the field this season (assuming he can actually play, etc etc).

This last caller stole PFT’s thunder
Posted on April 26th, 2008 at 8:04 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Um, Florio, I believe that this was my cockamamie draft/ trade rumor?

Send over one of those Sprint phones and we’ll call it even.

Draft Memes of Christmas Past
Posted on April 24th, 2008 at 2:28 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

Remember when we were all moist hoping the Eagles would draft a prototypical goal-line running back?  And then they did?  But we didn’t really care because we all got distracted by the Kevin Kolb pick? 

Yeah.  That was a year ago. 

Let’s fast-forward a year and imagine how we’ll reminisce this week in 2009:

Remember when we were all moist hoping the Eagles would draft a big wide receiver who could return kicks and be a threat in the red zone?  And then they did?  But we didn’t really care because we call got distracted by the [Jason Taylor trade/ Brian Westbrook holdout/ Tra Thomas surprise retirement].

Mostly we have no idea what’s going to actually happen on Saturday (especially since the Birds will likely trade some of those 11 picks) – but sometimes dreams do come true!  Even if it turns out that those dreams were kind of wrong because the Birds already had the best back in football on the roster!  

The Japanese monster argument for a running back
Posted on April 24th, 2008 at 11:40 am by Cheesesteak Hoagie

godzilla not picturedI’m not going to pretend that my little feelings don’t go a-twitter every time there’s mention of another unlikely trade involving the Eagles and an ever-growing list of veteran WRs (Chad Johnson! Roy Williams! Anquan Boldin!). We have some data (2004) that suggests that adding a dude like that equals extreme dominance and a trip to the Thuper Bowl.

Then the non-WIP-mouth-breather part of my brain kicks in and reminds me that (a) trades involving game-breaking wideouts are pretty rare (especially when the general managers of the other teams that would need to be involved make a habit out of “flatly denying” that said trade could take place), and (b) maybe I should focus a little more on 2002 and 2003 instead of 2004. That is, why aren’t I more excited about bringing in more game-breaking running backs? Having a lot of talent in the backfield has certainly worked for Andy Reid in the past; why couldn’t it work this year? (Read the rest of this story.)

Overheard in our apartment
Posted on March 27th, 2008 at 2:08 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

It’s 11:30 at night, I’m flipping around on the TV and settle on Sportscenter, which is showing cool Darren McFadden footage.  Then, looking up from a magazine on the other end of the couch in the most interested and friendly of tones:

“Oh, is the draft this weekend?”

“No.”

“When is it?”

“Like a month.”

“Oh.”

[Beat.  Eyes return to magazine.]

“Whatever, I had to sit through the season premier of The Hills earlier.”

(Just think of how much worse it would be if I still had NFL Network.  I’mjustsayinizall.)

Eagles cleverly secure worst draft pick among 8-8 teams
Posted on December 31st, 2007 at 3:04 pm by Cheesesteak Hoagie

nfldraft.jpgThanks to their opponents’ collective .563 winning percentage (highest among NFL clubs!), the Birds slip behind the Cardinals, Vikings, and Texans (each of whom, like the Birds, finished 8-8) in the 2008 NFL draft order, and will pick 19th in the first round.

Pretty lame, though it could be worse — at least the Birds didn’t win 10 games and miss the playoffs like the Browns.

Link:
2008 NFL Draft Order [NFL.com]