The Philadelphia Eagles currently hold the 20th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft but there is growing speculation that the franchise could be preparing to make a serious move in order to put themselves into the conversation for one of this year's top prospects.
Moving for Marcus
With Marcus Mariota unlikely to drop anywhere near that 20th spot come April, the Eagles may be planning a major trade move that would see them rise to as high as second on the draft board in order to get their hands on a potential franchise quarterback.
The Eagles would have to come up with a proposal of 'RGIII 2012' proportions to get the former Oregon man, but both draft experts and Philadelphia beat writers are pointing to something like that taking place in Chicago.
Both Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports - two highly respected draft analysts - had the Philadelphia Eagles moving up to get Mariota in recent mock drafts.
King had them trading with the Redskins for fifth pick, while Kirwan discusses a mammoth trade with LeSean McCoy heading to the Raiders in a trade for the fourth spot.
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Meanwhile Jimmy Kempski, a Eagles beat writer for the Philly Voice, went further - suggesting the Eagles could trade up all the way to first overall pick.
Could it happen and what would it take?
Chip Kelly's lasting relationship with Mariota - the QB played under Kelly's scheme during the latter's time as Oregon coach - is undoubtedly playing a part in the rumor but there is also the issue of whether the Eagles feel the need to find a true franchise quarterback.
Nick Foles emerged as a potential man to fill that role, but after a down year (not helped by injury) Philadelphia could well look to the draft for the answer.
If they hold serious Super Bowl ambitions it makes sense. You have to go back over 10 years to find a Super Bowl winning team without a franchise QB.
As for what it would take to make the dramatic jump from no.20 to the top five? It would likely take at least the Eagles' 2015 and 2016 draft first rounders (and maybe more) as well as most of their picks in this year's draft period.
Kirwan even suggests offering up running back LeSean McCoy may be on the table. Taking a look at the Rams-Redskins trade for RGIII might be a good place to start.
What do you think Eagles fans? Do you want Chip Kelly and co to go all out for Mariota, or would it cost too much? Let us know in the comments section below...
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