Andy Reid Changes Draft Style, Goes For Immediate Need


Published: April 28, 2009


... top five running backs, and one of the top three or four tight ends, how would you react?

If you are an Eagles fan one word may fit: FINALLY.

After years of offensive and defensive lineman being drafted early and often, the Eagles changed their plans this year, picking wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, running back LeSean McCoy, and tight end Cornelius Ingram, with their first three picks in the draft respectively.

Maclin was seen as a possible top 10 pick by many scouts throughout the league. Perhaps the Oakland Raiders just missed his workouts, game tape and the combine, as they reached, to say the least, for Darrius Heyward-Bey of Maryland.

It is unlikely that the Birds were looking for a wide receiver with their first pick, especially Maclin. But when he fell to 19, Andy Reid and the Eagles brass made an aggressive move to jump up two spots and grab him without hesitation.

In the second round, most felt the Eagles would need to trade up if they wan...

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