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Paolantonio: Reid Smitten With RB McCluster

Could an offensive playmaker be selected with the draft pick that was acquired in the trade that sent the best quarterback in Eagles history to the Washington Redskins?

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio certainly thinks so.

Paolantonio reports that head coach Andy Reid is "smitten" with running back Dexter McCluster from Mississippi. The 5-9, 172-pound all-purpose dynamo would be another toy for new quarterback Kevin Kolb to play with.

The Eagles received the 37th overall pick - the fifth pick in tonight's second round - in the trade that sent Donovan McNabb to Washington. In terms of value, the 37th pick might be considered high for McCluster. The Eagles could also take offensive tackle Rodger Saffold, according to Paolantonio, so it's certainly not a slam dunk that the pick will be a cornerback or a safety like many experts are predicting.

There's another option for the Eagles if they want to take McCluster. They can trade back, maybe get back into the third round after shipping both of their picks in that round to move up last night, and still get McCluster later in the second round.

Don't forget that the Eagles also have their own pick in the second round, the 55th pick overall.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 3:01 p.m., April 23

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