The Eagles made it official.
|First-round grade coming out of 'Bama.|
Yes, they agreed to trade undisclosed draft picks for a middle linebacker.
Not just any middle linebacker, but DeMeco Ryans (6-1, 247), who made the Pro Bowl twice before rupturing an Achilles' tendon.
The Eagles agreed to give the Houston Texans a fourth-round pick for Ryans. They also swapped third-rounders, the Eagles getting the 87th overall pick, the Texans the 77th.
And sure, Ryans is a linebacker who can tackle when he's healthy.
Still, that injury should be reason to curb the enthusiasm a bit.
Players tend not to be the same after tearing Achilles' tendons. There are more Todd Pinkstons who never were all the way back than Demaryious Thomas' (Broncos). If I'm missing a Hall of Famer, by all means, comment.
Ryans must pass a physical on the Achilles he hurt in 2010 to consummate the deal.
That said, I understand your pain. Hopefully the Eagles still will consider moving up the board in the first round to select middle linebacker Luke Kuechely of Boston College.