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Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
"That's a lot of picks, No. 1," Reid said in McLane's story. "And then you're going to pay the guy $10 million. So you get hit on both sides of it."
Such a price would seem prohibitive, but what if we knew which players those first-, third- and fifth-round choices would become? We cannot know this in advance, but we do know which picks the Eagles held in those rounds. I singled out the 21st, 85th and 157th choices for the sake of this exercise. I then looked at which players those picks returned in past drafts to see if a team might rather have those picks or Boldin.
Sometimes the picks hold more promise before teams make forgettable selections with them. I think the Eagles would rather have Boldin than the players those picks returned in 2005.
21st pick: Alex Mack, C, California (Browns, with pick from Eagles)
85th pick: Ramses Barden, WR, Cal Poly-SLO (Giants, with pick from Eagles)
157th pick: Victor Harris, CB, Virginia Tech (Eagles)
21st pick: Sam Baker, T, USC (Falcons)
85th pick: Craig Stevens, TE, California (Titans)
157th pick: Roy Schuening, G, Oregon State (Rams)
21st pick: Reggie Nelson, S, Florida (Jaguars)
85th pick: Brandon Mebane, DT, California (Seahawks)
157th pick: David Clowney, WR, Virginia Tech (Packers)
21st pick: Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota (Patriots)
85th pick: Brodie Croyle, QB, Alabama (Chiefs)
157th pick: A.J. Nicholson, LB, Florida State (Bengals)
21st pick: Matt Jones, WR, Arkansas (Jaguars)
85th pick: David Greene, QB, Georgia (Seahawks)
157th pick: Gerald Sensabaugh, S, North Carolina (Jaguars)
21st pick: Vince Wilfork, DT, Miami (Patriots)
85th pick: Jeremy LeSueuer, DB, Michigan (Broncos)
157th pick: D.J. Hackett, WR, Colorado (Seahawks)
21st pick: Jeff Faine, C, Notre Dame (Browns)
85th pick: B.J. Askew, FB, Michigan (Jets)
157th pick: Ben Claxton, C, Mississippi (Broncos)
21st pick: Daniel Graham, TE, Colorado (Patriots)
85th pick: Kris Richard, CB, USC (Seahawks)
157th pick: Jermaine Phillips, FS, Georgia (Bucs)
21st pick: Nate Clements, CB, Ohio State (Bills)
85th pick: Travis Minor, RB, Florida State (Dolphins)
157th pick: Patrick Chukwurah, LB, Wyoming (Vikings)
21st pick: Sylvester Morris, WR, Jackson State (Chiefs)
85th pick: Greg Wesley, S, Jackson State (Chiefs)
157th pick: James Whalen, TE, Kentucky (Bucs)
Would you rather sign a 28-year-old Boldin to a lucrative deal now or take your chances with players such as the ones drafted with those picks? We know what the Eagles would rather do.
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando Jeff McLane's story on philly.com suggests the Cardinals sought first-, third- and fifth-round choices from Philadelphia for receiver Anquan Boldin, according to Eagles coach Andy Reid.