The 2015 NFL Draft is finally here and trade rumours are flying ahead of what should be an incredibly exciting event.
One of today’s biggest storylines is going to revolve around the Philadelphia Eagles and whether or not head coach Chip Kelly will be successful in his intense quest to land quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Kelly coached Mariota to great success in college with the Oregon Ducks in college, and with Kelly bringing a similar system over to the NFL with the Eagles, Mariota would be the perfect player to QB that offense.
However, the Eagles don't really have the ammunition that it would take to trade for the Tennessee Titans 2nd overall pick. The only real tradable pieces Philly hold are the 20th pick and Sam Bradford, which would definitely not be good enough
And that’s where the other parts could come into play. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, multiple teams believe that the Eagles are ready to part with both/either cornerback Brandon Boykin and linebacker Mychal Kendricks “for the right price.”
Boykin and Kendricks Out?
Both players are very solid pieces for the Eagles. Boykin is a decent corner, though he’s smaller than the big body style that Chip Kelly seems to prefer.
However, Boykin has a low salary and could make a very tidy slot corner for most teams. Kendricks is a solid player, and he would definitely be able to command a higher trade value in negotiations.
Whilst Eagles fans would be sad to see Kendricks go, they have to realise that, with Kiko Alonso and DeMeco Ryans already in place at inside linebacker, there really isn't a starting spot for him in the new look Philly.
The Eagles are undergoing a dramatic overhaul now that Kelly has gotten control of player personnel, with the former Ducks coach creating somewhat of an Oregon 2.0 in the NFL, following the free agency signings of Walter Thurmond, Byron Maxwell and trading for Alonso.
In addition to Boykin and Kendricks, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Thursday that Fletcher Cox and Evan Mathis are veteran players other teams have viewed as potential trade pieces for the Eagles.