Not only did the Eagles make a first round pick for the first time in three years, according to all sources, and my opinion, made the steal of the draft, getting a top 10 talent, Jeremy Maclin. Not only was Maclin a top 10 talent, he was the number one rated WR on over half of the NFL teams draft boards. Getting him at 19 was the steal of the draft weekend. Now we are always leery of first round WR choices, but Maclin’s run after catch ability should fit perfectly into the Eagles west coast offense immediately. If Maclin develops into what he is projected, the Eagles could potentially have the best, WR duo paired together for the next ten years.
In the second round, the Eagles pounced on former Pitt standout RB, LeSean McCoy. Again, hats off the Eagles for another solid selection. McCoy has been compared to Brian Westbrook, will be great compliment to BWest. McCoy was regarded as the best pass catching RB in the draft. So he should step in instantly as well, granted that he works on his glaring weakness, pass blocking.
After the Eagles traded out of the 3rd round, the 5th they made even more noise, with a few more solid solid moves. They drafted Cornelius Ingram, a solid TE out of University of Florida who was out all of ’08 with an ACL injury. Granted the knee is healthy, this is ANOTHER steal in the 5th round. The Eagles then drafted Va. Tech DB, Victor “Macho” Harris, who will come right out of Beamer Ball at Virginia Tech and should have an immediate impact on the Eagles special teams unit.
THEN, to cap it off, the Eagles traded a pair of 5th round picks, for a solid starting Defensive Back, Ellis Hobbs. Hobbs has started all 16 games the past two seasons and is re-united with former Super Bowl starting duo Asante Samuels, and just adds even stronger depth, and potentially opening the door for Sheldon Brown’s move to either safety OR to another team.
Counting the acquisition of Jason Peters, for their other first round pick, the Eagles had an amazing week. And thankfully I am going to have amazing football betting opportunities this season. It’s amazing too me, how much they’ve rebuilt the offense this off-season. Not just adding bodies, but adding former Pro Bowlers (Peters, Weaver) and highly rated rookies (Macklin, McCoy, Ingram) to go with young and should-be-improved talent (Jackson and Celek). Not to mention should-be-healthy veterans (McNabb, Curtis and Westbrook). If everything goes according to plan, and the team stays healthy, 2009 should be a very, very good year.