Philadelphia Eagles 'exploring' trading up to get Marcus Mariota

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The Philadelphia Eagles have already pulled off the shock of the NFL offseason to date, trading away running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, but it appears that Chip Kelly and co aren't done just yet.

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According to CBS' Jason La Canfora, citing sources close to the situation, the Philadelphia Eagles are "going to explore" trading up in this year's draft to land themselves another Oregon Duck - hyped quarterback Marcus Mariota.

La Canfora notes that the Cleveland Browns are also running with the same philosophy. A move by the Eagles though would prove historic, with the team currently holding just the 20th overall pick.

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There had been previous speculation concerning the Eagles making a play to land Mariota in the draft, however that was largely based on mock drafts linking the fact that the QB is a former protegee of Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly during his time as Oregon head coach.

The comments today show that there is more to it than many first though. The Philadelphia franchise though would have to come up with a truly spectacular package if they are to move up to pick within the top five, with Mariota unlikely to drop below the New York Jets at number six.

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A big commitment

We are talking even more than the consecutive first round picks and 2012 second round pick given up by the Washington Redskins to land RGIII back in 2012.

To move from 20th to second or third spot and ensure they could pick up Mariota (assuming Jameis Winston is selected by Tampa Bay) would mean the Eagles would effectively have to give up every pick in the 2015 draft and perhaps more on top.

A QB need?

Do the Philadelphia Eagles really need the former Oregon Duck at quarterback however? Admittedly Nick Foles failed to live up to his 2013 heroics in 2014, but his season was hampered by injury. He has shown that he has the ability to control the quick paced Eagles tempo and mix it with the best in the NFL in his short time in the starters job.

Taking such a huge gamble on Marcus Mariota is not guaranteed to succeed. Yes, the Philadelphia scheme is similar in many respects to the one he had so much success with at college level. But you can never guarantee a rookie quarterback will step up to the job at the pro level.

The Redskins can atest to the difficulties with inconsistency and injury that have left their trade with the Rams for RGIII looking like an error at this stage.

One thing is for sure, if Philadelphia do commit to a plan to move up the board we can all expect one hell of a Draft night.

What do you think Eagles fans? Should Chip Kelly go all out to get Mariota, or should you stick with Foles and save the picks? Let us know in the comments section below...

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