No matter what happens, I think Philly will always consider this the Mariota draft. The talk about whether Chip Kelly is willing to give up enough in a trade to get the quarterback of his dreams has had Eagles fans on edge for six weeks.
I have mostly avoided the subject until now — but today is Draft Day, so what the hell.
I think there’s a 50-50 chance Kelly is able to do the incredible and go from Pick 20 to high enough to get Marcus Mariota, and I think this is the most likely scenario:
Eagles trade Sam Bradford and a third this year with a conditional pick next year for the the No. 12 pick.
Eagles package first round picks 12 and 20, plus G Evan Mathis, CB Brandon Boykin, and DE Vinny Curry for Tennessee’s No. 2.
You can also throw in LB Mychal Kendricks in that mix of players, I just left him out because I think he has the most upside of the group and would love to see him stay in Philly.
Yeah, I know there’s really no chance, but it is fun to speculate. The weak link is Cleveland, because the Eagles don’t give up a lot for the No. 12 pick in my scenario, but the Browns really want Bradford. Also, Bradford’s agent Tom Condon is not on good terms with the Browns right now and he has said his client won’t sign an extension with Cleveland.
But who knows?
If my scenario happens, it would mean the Eagles gave up this year’s first and third round picks, next year’s second (for Bradford) and a conditional pick; Mathis, Boykin, Curry and QB Nick Foles (for Bradford) … all for Marcus Mariota.
Is he worth it? Only time will tell. But if you truly believe he can be a star-level quarterback in your system, then I think you have to give it a shot. Those type of players don’t come around often.
Whatever happens, it will be fun to watch.