NFC West: Sylvester Morris
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)2006
21st pick: Laurence Maroney, RB, Minnesota (Patriots)
85th pick: Brodie Croyle, QB, Alabama (Chiefs)
157th pick: A.J. Nicholson, LB, Florida State (Bengals)