Eagles Seven-round Mock Draft: What if the Birds trade back?

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The sixth pick in the draft. You could do a lot of damage with that pick. No, I’m not talking about picking a player there. The total value, according to Rich Hill, is 446 on the traditional Draft chart. Teams in the lower half of the draft would need to give up some serious capital to move up to the sixth pick, and that’s something that the Eagles should definitely explore.

You could argue at least three teams in the lower half (Washington, Chicago, New York Jets [if they don’t draft a QB at 2]) need answers at the QB position in 2021. Could the Eagles swindle a trade with one of them to set themselves up for present and future success?

I don’t foresee the Eagles allowing Washington to find their franchise QB at six, no matter the compensation. The Jets will most likely find their answer at QB with the second pick.

Eagles trade with the Bears?

No Trubisky. Foles has two years left on his deal but can be cut after 2021 and $7 million can be saved on the 2022 cap. With Tyler Bray as the only other QB on the roster, they need an answer for the future.

Ryan Pace needs to make a splash at the position. After the team passed on Watson and Mahomes, they need to hit on a drafted QB badly.

The Eagles, knowing that their cap-strapped situation will limit them in the immediate future, call them up to propose a deal that gets Chicago their QB and allows the Eagles to still get an offensive weapon and prepare themselves for the 2022 season. (No, I’m not totally giving up on 2021… yet).

The Trade

Eagles send #6 (446 value), 2022 third-round pick

Bears send #20, #52, #83 (430 value) and 2022 first round pick (valued 1000-184).

Why the Bears do this

As stated above, the Bears need to hit on a QB. In this scenario and Justin Fields is available at 6. With Carolina lurking at 8 to select a QB, Chicago jumps at the opportunity. It may seem like an overpay for them to move to #6 and lose all 1st-3rd round picks, but when you have a shot at getting your guy, you take it.

The Jets traded the sixth overall pick, two seconds that year and one from the next in 2018 to move up #3 to draft Sam Darnold.

In 2012, the Redskins traded three first-round picks and a second to move up from 6 to 2. While the Eagles could certainly make the case for more picks from the Bears, this should be enough to get it done.

Why the Eagles do this

Can you imagine the pitchforks lining up outside the NovaCare if this is announced? The opportunity to draft a major playmaker in Kyle Pitts, DeVonta Smith, or Jaylen Waddle is RIGHT THERE (Chase is gone in this scenario) and they trade down?!

This team is nowhere close to competing for a division crown in 2021 in my opinion and have major needs at WR, DB, OL, EDGE, LB.. should I keep going? In order to shorten the “rebuild” timeline, they need to make drastic moves.

This move gives them at the very least, two firsts and two seconds in 2022 (Colts trade). If/when Wentz hits the requirements for the conversion from second to first-round pick, the Eagles then have three picks in the first round of the 2022 draft. Expedite that rebuild.

With players like Derek Stingley, Justyn Ross, and Kayvon Thibodeaux in the mix for top picks in the 2022 draft, the Eagles could position themselves to get a couple of those names in midnight green in 2022.

Trading back to 20, and also adding another second and third-round pick, still allows them to stay in the area of a major playmaker for Jalen Hurts and the Eagles offense.

Let’s take a look at this mock, shall we? (Save your yelling for after)

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