With Runyan and Thomas both unlikely to be back next season, would the Eagles have been better served keeping their first round draft pick instead of trading the pick to the Panthers? The Panthers used the 19th pick to select Offensive Tackle Jeff Otah.
Sure the Eagles got a first round pick in this year's draft, plus a 2nd and 4th rounder in the current draft. But with the 1st rounder looking to be a bottom of the round pick, would the Eagles smartest move of been selecting Otah for themselves? Will they find a better OT this time around? They had better hope so.
The 2nd and 4th round picks for the Eagles ended up being Trevor Laws and Mike McGlynn. Laws is having a very queit rookie season, collecting only 9 tackles in 12 games. He has also failed to register a sack. McGlynn was only able to secure a spot on the Eagles practice squad.
Otah has battled through injuries this season, but has still managed to start 8 games for the 9-3 Panthers. The Panthers also carry the NFL's 7th ranked rushing offense...kudos to the OL.
Maybe things were bounce the Eagles way and this year's draft will yield the OT of the future. Kolb and Westbrook better hope so!