I can already hear some of you cursing me under your breath for this....but....I ask you to simply hear me out and mull this possibility over.
Many people have us drafting OT Trent Williams in the first rd this year as a need pick. Others think we should take HB C.J. Spiller as a BPA. However, this got me to thinking....since we also own the #16 pick this year..how about we go ahead and draft C.J. Spiller with the #13 pick. Then, try to trade him to the Eagles for Donovan McNabb. we could still more than likely get Williams with the 16th pick. It may not be such a far fetched idea. It's obvious to me that the Eagles are no doubt looking to unload one of their QB's and McNabb will definately be a better choice. Here's why:
a) At 30+ yrs old....many folks in Philly think Don is past his prime and thus an expendable commodity. That coupled with the fact that most fans in Philly have a love/hate relationship with their former first rd draft pick...I'm sure McNabb would love the idea of new scenery, with a team that is on the rise like San Fran.
b) When Philly was a dominate franchise, they ran the ball effectively. This is the year their best back Brian Westbrook is calling it a career. The prospect of getting a top tier HB for an older QB with an expiring contract just might have a positive ring to it. After their season last year, Philly won't have an opportunity to draft a top tier HB because of their record. Follow me so far?
c) With Donovan's contract coming up, the Eagle's would have a dilemma to mull over. Either re-sign Donovan, (which could likely break the bank in Philly) as he has a plethora of capital in asking for top dollar witha new contract that would take him to the end of his career. Or franchise him. Which STILL would not be sound to their purse strings. worse, they probably wouldn't have enough to sign him AND thier QB of the future in Kolb. Getting rid of McNabb early would likely be a sound financial move. By the time his contract DID expire, the Eagles wouldn't be on the hook for any of his remaining contract.
Now I know what some of you are automatically thinkin...."But....we already have Alex Smith"....calm down oh ye of little faith. To begin with...even in his advanced age, Donovan is still one of the top 10 QB's in the league. No, he doesn't have the same escapability he had 5 yrs ago. But, he is a much better passer and a much better decision maker than Alex. On top of that, getting McNabb would give Smith a top tier mentor who can possibly salvage Alex's career and psyche. Too many times last year, Alex tryed to force balls into coverage and not look off his receivers before throwing a pass. By watching McNabb in action, he might be able to finally have a QB who has been there enough to guide Alex along. Can anyone doubt that McNabb is a far better choice at mentor than either Trent Dilfer, J.T. O'Sullivan, or Shawn Hill? A player I might add who could possibly be on the chopping block in the Bay area?
To round this out, Donovan would make tthe Niners not only a serious NFC West threat, but a NFC Title threat immediately. He wouldn't just be mentoring Smith, but also Nate Davis who showed he does have some NFL ability last year in the pre-season. But, he would also be able to open up the running game due to his passing threat. Plus, could you imagine the match-up problems when San Fran would go with 3 and 4 receiver sets? Trying to cover Crabs, VD, J Mo, and DZ, coupled with Glen Coffee or Frank Gore out of the backfield.....OOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH.....I get chills. Later in the draft we could address either a DE or a much needed Safety to go along with the scary defense we already have.... Let me know what you think.