With the 2012 NFL draft only five days away, this could arguably be the most talented filled draft in NFL history. With that being said, will the Eagles reach out to a corner back early in the draft? With all the rumors being spread about the Eagles shopping around the 4x pro bowler Asante Samuel, question still remains, what the Eagles Will get in return for him. Is it possible that the Eagles move up, and draft Morris Claiborne? Or even Alabama Crimson Tide Dre Kirkpatrick? These are possibilities, but are unlikely to happen considering that the main player entering the draft that the Eagles are eying out is defensive tackle from Fletcher Cox from Mississippi State.
If the Eagles do decide to trade up, and draft a corner back, fans from all over will be shocked considering the amount you will have to give up to acquire him. Most Eagles fans are telling head coach Andy Reid to stay put with the 15th pick, and don’t fool around and jeopardize the draft picks, and I being one can’t blame them. Andy Reid has had a history of trading down, moving into the second round, and drafting underdog type players, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did so, although staying put for the Eagles would be the best option in this case.
So, lets say if the Eagles did trade up to draft Morris Claiborne and where planning on trading Asante all along. You already have two outstanding CB ‘s in Nnamdi Asomugha, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Are you going to give up so much to draft a slot corner? And if so, will corner backer Joselio Hanson be comfortable playing as the 4th corner? All this is too soon be determined, but it would definitely be a shocker and a lot of Eagles fans would be boiled with anger if this was to occur.
With all these trade rumors going on, lets keep it real here. The most likely scenario will be that, A, the Eagles keep Samuel and figure someway to keep all three on the field at the same time, or B, they trade him to another team for team for potentially a mid-level draft pick, or C, a play for a player trade. The Dever Broncos and the Egles have been in contact, and has showed some interest in Samuel, but if he ends up being traded to Denver, the most likely scenario will be that Philly gets a mid-level draft pick. If not, then we can be looking at another surprising possibility that will be most likely shock Eagles nation.
If Morris Claiborne by some chance slips into the 2nd round, drafting him might be a possibility. Andy Reid has made some shocking draft picks over the years like draft former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL draft. He proved to be a no show, and was traded to the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 for Dominique Rodgers-Cromarite and a 2nd round pick. Another draft screw by Andy Reid made, was drafting Defensive end Brandon Graham from the University of Michigan. If he doesn’t start putting some work in, and figure out a way to remain healthy, he will be considered a bust by all experts and fans.
The point I’m trying to make here, is that Andy Reid and the whole Eagles organization for that matter hasn’t had the best luck of drafting the top tier players in the 1st round. Maybe his luck will change this year by drafting Fletcher Cox, or even a shocker by trading up and drafting Morris Claiborne from Louisiana State. There has to be some word deep inside the Eagles organization about keeping Samuel,trading Samuel, and eyeing out talent at the CB position in the upcoming draft.
Will the Eagles trade Samuel, and draft Morris Claiborne? Most likely not! You don’t trade up in the draft, to draft a corner who is going to play in the slot. Will the Eagles trade Samuel to another team to potentially get a mid-level draft pick? Most likely not, because the 2012 NFL draft is only five days away, but anything is possible with Andy Reid as the head coach. Will the Eagles do something after the draft? That’s looking like a strong possibility.
These are all possibilities, and one can only question about what will happen to the 4x pro bowler. Samuel did make a statement about him being an important part of the puzzle for the Eagles, if they want to make a super bowl run, and I quote, “ I just know that the Eagles main focus is to win a Super bowl, and I feel that I’m a main important part of that.”
Asante does indeed have 2 Super Bowl rings, winning with the New England Patriots back from the 2003-2004 season and from the 2004-2005 season.
The key here, is that Samuel plays zone coverage and the other two corners, Rodgers-Comartie and Asmougha, play man to man coverage. One can strongly argue that the main reason why Nnamdi stuggled last year, is because 2nd year defensive coordinator Juan Castillo played particularly to Samuel’s strengths last year, and therefore keeping Nnamdi in zone, and not enough man coverage. Got get me wrong, Nnamdi can play zone coverage, but if you go back and look at when the 3x pro bowler played with the Oakland Raiders, he was a shut down man to man coverage corner.
The Eagles front office has to figure something out, because having Samuel and having two other predominately man to man corners isn’t going to work. Lets hope that Andy Reid and the Eagles organization comes up with something that works, and not something that sets the Eagles back 20 years.