A brief Eagles history of draft-day trades: The good, the bad and the ugly

Miles Sanders
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 01: Philadelphia Eagles Running Back Miles Sanders (26) runs with ball to score a touchdown during the NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on December 1, 2019. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)

The NFL draft is just days away and there are countless rumors about the Philadelphia Eagles either trading back into the top ten or trading down yet again.

Have the Eagles ever “won” one of those draft day trades? Has it been largely benefiting the other team? Let’s take a look at the recent history since 2010.


Eagles receive pick 13 – pick became DE Brandon Graham
Broncos receive picks 24, 70, & 87 – 24 ultimately became WR Dez Bryant for the Cowboys, 70 became TE Ed Dickson, and 87 became WR Eric Decker

Decker was a very good WR for the Broncos for four seasons before cashing in with the Jets. Dickson wasn’t anything special in Denver and hasn’t played since 2018.

Graham is third all time in Eagles history in sacks and continues to be a force, despite a slow start to his career.

Yeah, Eagles won this one.

Eagles receive pick 37 and 2011 conditional pick – 37 became DB Nate Allen and the conditional pick was ultimately traded
Redskins receive QB Donovan McNabb

The conditional pick became a fourth-rounder due to McNabb not being voted to the Pro Bowl and the Redskins not winning at least 9 games.

Allen became a serviceable safety for the Eagles over five years, starting 69 (nice) of the 74 games he played.

After a series of trades, the conditional pick led to the Eagles drafting LB Casey Matthews. Yeah..

Only because McNabb lasted one year in Washington and the Eagles landed a starting safety, the Matthews pick doesn’t make this a loss.

Eagles receive 59 & 125 – 59 was traded and 125 became Clay Harbor
Cowboys receive pick 55 – pick became Sean Lee

The Cowboys ended up getting a MLB for 11 seasons (one was lost due to ACL injury). Despite being almost always hurt, Lee gave them two Pro Bowls, a first team All Pro, and four seasons of 100+ tackles.

Clay Harbor spent three years with the Eagles and spent three more in the NFL before becoming the Bachelor.

Dallas won.

Eagles receive picks 86 and 122 – 86 became DE Daniel Te’o-Neshiem (RIP) and 122 became QB Mike Kafka
Green Bay receives pick 71 – became DB Morgan Burnett

Burnett gave the Packers eight years of stellar safety play. GB won this, hands down.

Eagles receive picks 71, 134, & 146 – 71 was traded, 134 became Ricky Sapp, and 146 was traded
Browns receive pick 59 – became RB Montario Hardesty


Eagles receive picks 105 & 137 – 105 became DB Trevard Lindley & 137 was ultimately traded
Browns receive CB Sheldon Brown & LB Chris Gocong

Brown went on to have three really good years for the Browns, while Gocong posted back to back 70+ tackle seasons before missing all of 2012 due to injury.

Lindley played his rookie season for the Eagles and was never heard from again.

Browns win.

Eagles receive pick 159 and a 2011 fifth round pick – 159 became WR Riley Cooper and the 2011 pick became RB Dion Lewis
San Diego receives pick 146 – became DT Cam Thomas

While Lewis only spent two seasons with the Eagles, Cooper spent all six years of his career with the Eagles and was nothing spectacular, both as a player and person. Cam Thomas spent four seasons with San Diego as a rotational DT.

Eagles kind of win I guess.

Eagles receive pick 220 – became LB Jamar Chaney
Lions receive 2011 sixth round pick – Lions traded this pick in 2011
Broncos receive pick 137 – DB Perrish Cox

Jamar Chaney ended up playing three years for the Eagles, peaking in 2011 with 92 tackles. The Lions pick ultimately landed in Green Bay and became D.J. Smith, who was out of the league by 2014.

Cox played one year for Denver.

I’d call this a wash.


Eagles receive 2012 sixth round pick – became G Brandon Washington (was cut prior to 2012 season)
Patriots receive LB Tracy White & 2012 seventh round pick – pick was traded to Vikings with Randy Moss in 2010 season for a third round pick


Eagles receive picks 90 & 191 – 90 became DB Curtis Marsh and 191 became C Jason Kelce
Ravens receive pick 85 – became OL Jah Reid

Jah Reid played in all 16 games his rookie year, 39 total in his four seasons with the Ravens, and started seven.

Curtis Marsh was bad.

But that player.. who was it again? Jason Kelce? I think he was a decent pick.

Eagles run away with this one.

Eagles receive pick 116 and 2012 fourth round pick – 116 became LB Casey Matthews. 99 was ultimately traded
Buccaneers receive pick 104 – became TE Luke Stocker

While nothing special, Stocker is still in the league. He spent seven seasons with Tampa, two with Tennessee (one was shared between TB and TEN), and two with Atlanta.

Casey Matthews.. yeah.

HOWEVER, this is a trade the Eagles actually win. You’ll see in the 2012 section.

Eagles receive picks 161 & 194 – 161 became OL Julian Vandervelde. 194 actually became 193 because the Patriots didn’t submit their pick in time (SHOCKER), so 193 became LB Brian Rolle
Jets receive picks 153 & 227 -157 became WR Jeremy Kerley & 227 became WR Scotty McKnight

Despite not being all that great, Kerley was still a decent get for the Jets for five seasons. After a career year in SF in 2016, he returned to the Jets and flamed out before ultimately playing in one game for the Bills in 2018.

Jets win this, I guess.


Eagles receive 2012 second round pick & CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie – pick was eventually traded
Cardinals receive QB Kevin Kolb

Kolb went 6-8 in his two seasons as Cardinals QB. DRC spent two seasons with the Eagles and, while he was unspectacular, he had three interceptions and 16 passes defended in his second season.

For resembling a legitimate corner for a team that lacks such players, the Eagles win. More on that trade later.

Eagles receive 2013 conditional pick – became 6th round pick used in trade
Broncos receive DT Brodrick Bunkley

Push, but I’d give this to the Broncos ultimately because of the trade in 2013