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Saturday, April 25, 2009
Luckily for Eagles, Browns have big plans in Rd. 6

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

For the second consecutive year, the Eagles have used a Day 1 pick on a wide receiver. After trading up to No. 19 from No. 21, the Eagles took Missouri's Jeremy Maclin. Most people thought the Eagles should take a running back in the first round, but most folks didn't see Maclin slipping to No. 19. ESPN.com had him as the No. 11-rated player in the draft. Now he'll line up with another speedster in DeSean Jackson. It's certainly a surprise, but that doesn't mean it's a bad move.

As I've stated several times, the Eagles should've been compelled to take a running back in the first round. And once Knowshon Moreno went to the Broncos at No. 12, I think they shifted directions. Do I think Oklahoma State tight end Brandon Pettigrew would've been the right pick at No. 21? You bet, but the Lions took him at No. 20, so it doesn't matter.

With Jackson, Maclin, Kevin Curtis and Jason Avant, I think the Eagles could have the most dangerous receiving corps in the NFC East. Donovan McNabb has to be thrilled with this pick. We may find out that the Eagles tried to trade out of the pick in order to get UConn running back Donald Brown later in the first round, but Maclin's a good pick.

And what's the deal with the Browns? They're stacking up sixth-round choices at an alarming rate.