Report: Eagles thinking about trading up to grab top-notch WR

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Odell Beckham has become a popular pick to go at the No. 22 overall spot. (USATSI)
Odell Beckham has become a popular pick to go at the No. 22 overall spot. (USATSI)

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We're three days out from the first round of the NFL Draft (thank whatever god you pray to that this process is almost over), and for the next 80-some hours or so, expect plenty of rumors to emerge about which team is going to do what.

On Monday morning, Peter King of theMMQB.com had a few interesting rumors to disperse, including the theory that the Eagles are considering trading up from the No. 22 spot in order to take a top-notch receiver.

As you probably know, the Eagles employed a top-notch receiver named DeSean Jackson, but they released him soon after a report emerged that tied him to potential gang activity. Lately, though, the Eagles have been adamant that the team released Jackson solely for football reasons, but there also has been plenty of speculation that coach Chip Kelly didn't appreciate Jackson's thoughts on his compensation or on his locker room presence.

Either way, the team seemed fine with getting rid of a player in Jackson who is coming off a career-best season (82 catches, 1,332 yards, nine touchdowns). But even though Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are returning to Philadelphia this season, King says Philadelphia might be trying to acquire another receiver.

As King writes, "Keep hearing they want in on the prime receiver action, and the receiver they want could be LSU's Odell Beckham, who can play outside, inside in the slot and as a returner. But the Eagles would have to trade up, and GM Howie Roseman is doing his due diligence, talking to at least two teams in the mid-round neighborhood when Beckham would likely go. But the cost could be too rich for the Eagles' blood. They may have to settle for Marqise Lee, who would be some consolation prize."

Yep, Lee wouldn't be a terrible move after all.

As for who the CBSSports.com mock drafters predict, three of the five think the Eagles can stay at No. 22 and take Beckham, while Will Brinson goes with Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller and Dane Brugler thinks it'll be Indiana's Cody Latimer.

In other theories, King writes the Seahawks could trade out of the first round completely in order to save a little bit of future money and the Jaguars will want to "play it safe" with their No. 3 overall pick and go with either tackle Jake Matthews or receiver Sammy Watkins.

Luckily, by Thursday, all of these questions about who, what and where will be answered.

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