I’ve spoken to a source who told me that the Eagles will look to use cornerback Lito Sheppard in a trade that would allow them to move up in the first round of the NFL Draft. Apparently, they really want an offensive tackle and don’t believe their guy will last until their current 19th pick.

It’s well known that the Eagles want to unload the unhappy corner, but early reports were that they wanted a high-end wide receiver in return. With just about all of those options exhausted, I’m hearing that he will be used to improve draft position.

Andy Reid and company have proven in the past that they aren’t afraid to move up in the first round to get a lineman. In 2003, the Eagles traded halfway up the first round from the #30 slot to the #15 slot to take Miami DE Jerome McDougle. The following year in 2004, they traded up to the #16 position and nabbed Arkansas offensive lineman Shawn Andrews.

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