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I love the Eagles' trade and pick, and not just because they drafted a Mizzou guy

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Posted April 25, 2009 @ midnight
Updated Oct. 06, 2010 @ 7:26 p.m.
By Eric Edholm

I'll say this: I didn't see this coming for the Eagles. I assumed they were moving ahead of Detroit to get TE Brandon Pettigrew, a Lions possibility. I think what they were doing was giving up a meaningless sixth-rounder to secure a player I am sure a few teams were interested in moving up for.

Eagles WR-RS Jeremy MaclinLet me say this about Jeremy Maclin: I have watched him very closely for two years, and I think he has some room to get better. It also hasn't helped that the offese he played in was not NFL-friendly in terms of how he could be scouted. And as far as how he'll fit in on offense, it might take a few years until he can run a full route tree.

But Maclin is a game-breaker who instantly will make a good return game electric. With DeSean Jackson and Quintin Demps scheduled to start, you might not be able to get them to return punts and kicks, respectively, full time. Maclin could be great at both spots, and in time he'll develop into a starting receiver.

The Eagles are a better football team right now. The question is, will Donovan McNabb be happy? Then again, that always seems to be the question wit McNabb.

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