PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — When the reported offer came out, Eagles fans went berserk: a 2016 first, two 2016 third’s, a 2017 first, and a 2017 third for pick No. 2?
81-percent of fans voting on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show poll said they wouldn’t do the trade. Folks on Twitter voiced their displeasure in the reported Eagles-Browns deal, as well:
One of the NFL Network’s most respected draft analysts, Philly’s own Mike Mayock, explained the importance of the quarterback position with Ray Didinger and Michael Barkann on the 94WIP Mike & Ike Show. Both Didinger and Barkann were not in favor of the Eagles giving up five draft picks for the second overall pick.
“The reality Ray is, you get caught up with the all [draft] points and what you’re giving up, but at the end of the day the argument in today’s NFL is: If you don’t have a franchise quarterback, and you’re not gonna get one, it just means that the GM and the coach are a period of time away from getting fired,” Mayock said on Wednesday.
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“I think there is a school of thought that says, if you truly believe one of these kids is special, you need to go get him regardless.”
Mayock, who has previously compared Carson Wentz — the potential Eagles trade-up target — to Andrew Luck, spent time with the North Dakota State quarterback at the senior bowl, combine, and for two days during his Pro Day.
“I think the biggest misses at the quarterback position are often based on the intangibles,” Mayock explained. “From my perspective, I think he’s got all the tangibles you want. He’s 6-5, 237, he’s got a big arm, he’s a great athlete. But I think it’s the intangibles that push me even more with this kid. I’m all in on Carson Wentz.”
It has also been rumored that the Eagles are interested in Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, a mid-late round pick. However, Mayock says waiting on a quarterback in this year’s draft is not the best strategy.
“I don’t think there is a guy there [in the mid-later rounds] that can come in and say he’s going to be better than what you already have on your roster,” Mayock said. “And I think that’s one of the key components you look at, at any position. Is, can this guy be better than what we already have?
“Chase Daniel is a quality backup,” he continued. “Is Kevin Hogan going to be better than that? I don’t see it. I think the one wildcard is Christian Hackenberg. And my take on him has been, that his tape is wildly inconsistent at best…I don’t like the tape enough to say I’d pull the trigger on him in the first three-rounds. But, keep in my mind, I don’t know the kid. I met him once in my life.”