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Report: Eagles Want To Move Up For Safety

Peter King of Sports Illustrated dished out his "Five Draft Things I Think I Think" column on Friday and his No. 2 item on the list is that he thinks the Eagles want to move up in the draft.

In fact, King takes it a step further and stated that he knows they want to move up.

"The Eagles are in a very small club, teams that want to jump up from low in the first round to the upper half," King wrote. "I believe Philly wants one of the two safeties in the draft - Eric Berry of Tennessee or Earl Thomas of Texas. With the 24th, 35th, 55th and 70th picks, the Eagles absolutely have the ammo to move up."

It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Eagles make an aggressive move up the ladder in the draft, which begins next Thursday at 7:30 PM. Our coverage begins Wednesday at noon with Eagles Draft Live! presented by Dietz and Watson. The Eagles have moved up in the first round in three of the last seven drafts, including last year's which netted wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

However, could King's nugget be pre-draft misinformation? Maybe the Eagles want to force a team to draft those players higher than expected which will allow another player the Eagles covet to fall a little bit closer to No. 24?

The Eagles need to solidify the free safety position after three players were rotated in there last season – Quintin Demps, Macho Harris and Sean Jones. Marlin Jackson was signed in the off-season to supplement the free safety position, but Jackson also has the ability to play cornerback if necessary.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:45 p.m., April 16

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