Should the Eagles Trade Down in the Draft?

Should the Eagles Trade Down in the Draft?

There has been a ton of
speculation about the Eagles possibly looking to move down from number four
overall in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday. The latest on that
story from the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane describes general manager Howie Roseman as
actively shopping the pick.

According to McLane’s sources,
Roseman has contacted at least two teams about a potential swap, with the
caveat that the Eagles would be looking to move down if they don’t like the choices
once they’re on the clock. McLane believes the decision may be fueled by the
availability of offensive tackles Luke Joeckel and Eric Fisher, who both might
be off the board by No. 4.

An earlier report by Geoff
Mosher described the Eagles as “willing” to trade down, and Roseman admitted previously
that there was communication with other teams.

Perhaps it is in some way a
smokescreen. Or perhaps Roseman is simply feeling out the market. The Eagles
like to consider all of their options, so the news is anything but a sure sign
they will deal.

It’s a question that has been
brought up a lot though leading up to the draft. Will the Eagles trade out of
the fourth pick? Should they?

A little while back, Mosher
debated the topic with Reuben Frank. Mosh argued the Birds should move back,
possibly even out of the first round entirely, stockpiling selections in what
is considered to be a deep draft. Roob thinks they should stay put and take the
best player available because it's rare (for most franchises) to be up so high.

Personally, I never much
understood the thought process behind why a front office “should” trade down.
Shouldn’t that decision be based on what the offers are like in most instances rather than a
predetermined plan?

If the Eagles get a return on No.
4 that they can’t refuse, so be it. I don’t think many people are going to have
a problem with that. What they shouldn’t do is move down just because it’s a thing to

That said the discussion might
be moot anyway. The Raiders are one spot ahead of the Birds, and without a
second rounder in this year’s draft may have a little extra incentive to accumulate
additional picks. Teams looking to jump into the top five may want to go above
Philly, or risk watching someone else leap in there.

>> Sources: Eagles looking to trade No. 4 draft pick [Inq]

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Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds