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

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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)


Eagles receive pick 172 – later traded
Colts receive T Winston Justice & pick 187 – pick 187 was later traded to Jets and became S Josh Bush

The pick received was a part of quite a big trade

Eagles receive pick 12 – became DT Fletcher Cox
Seahawks receive picks 15, 114, & 172 – 15 became LB Bruce Irvin, 114 became DT Jaye Howard, 172 became DB Jeremy Lane

While the Seahawks received players that contributed to their SB run just a year later, besides Howard, the Eagles received one of the franchise’s greatest defensive tackles in history.

Eagles win.

Eagles receive picks 59 & 123 – 59 became DE Vinny Curry & 123 became CB Brandon Boykin
Packers receive pick 51 (the Kolb pick) – became DT Jerel Worthy

Worthy spent two seasons with the Packers, registering 2.5 sacks.

Boykin was one of my favorite players. Six interceptions in 2013. One of the top nickel CBs in the league. Chip Kelly did him wrong. Vinny Curry was one of the most underrated draft picks in Eagles history. A nine sack 2014, 22 sacks in his six seasons prior to leaving for the Bucs. Eight sacks in his two seasons since returning. Big contributor to the SB winning team. A picture (look it up) that belongs in the Louvre.

Eagles win this slam dunk.

Eagles receive pick 229 – became RB Bryce Brown
Falcons receive CB Asante Samuel

What a disrespectful trade. Asante had five interceptions in his first year with Atlanta. Brown lasted two seasons with the Eagles.

Atlanta wins.


Eagles receive pick 98 – became QB Matt Barkley
Jaguars receive picks 101 & 210 – 101 became WR Ace Sanders & 210 became CB Demetrius McCray

Barkley spent two seasons with the Eagles while both Sanders and McCray were nothing special for the Jags.


Eagles receive WR Arrelious Benn & pick 218 – became S Jordan Poyer
Buccaneers receive pick 196 – later traded

I was SO HYPED for this trade. I loved Benn coming out of college. Despite not testing great at the combine, I thought he’d be the perfect deep threat for the Eagles. Getting him for a 6th? Yeah, loved it.

Then.. he never played for the Eagles. IR’d and cut twice.

Jordan Poyer was never given a fair shot and now is one of the most reliable safeties in the league.

So while the Bucs don’t win this, the 2011 Broncos do.

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Eagles receive picks 26 & 83 – 26 became DE/LB Marcus Smith & 83 was later traded
Browns receive pick 22 – became QB Johnny Manziel

Yeah.. moving on.

Eagles receive pick 42 – became WR Jordan Matthews
Titans receive picks 54 & 122 – 54 became RB Bishop Sankey & 122 became S Marqueston Huff

Matthews was as reliable as they come and three yards away in 2015 from becoming the Eagles’ first 1,000 yard receiver since Jeremy Maclin. Between his production and being the reason why Ronald Darby came to the Eagles while he was still good, this trade was a slam dunk win for the Eagles.

Eagles receive picks 101 & 141 – 101 became DB Jaylen Watkins & 141 became DE Taylor Hart
Texans receive pick 83 – became DT Louis Nix III

Hart and Watkins were bad for the Eagles, but Watkins is still chugging along for the Chargers. Nix was also bad.

So ultimately, the Eagles received Marcus Smith, Jaylen Watkins, and Taylor Hart for the Browns to get Johnny Manziel. Yeeeesh.

Eagles receive pick 224 & 2015 conditional pick – 224 became DT Beau Allen & conditional pick became 2015 fourth round pick that was traded
Bills receive RB Bryce Brown & pick 237 – became T Seantrel Henderson

Beau Allen was a pivotal part of the SB winning team. It’s rare a team wins a trade in the seventh round, but the Eagles did so here.

Prior to draft:

Eagles receive RB Darren Sproles
Saints receive pick 169 (nice) – became LB Ronald Powell

The Saints definitely won this one… wait.. no. That’s not right.

Yeah, Eagles received a Hall of Fame player.


Eagles receive picks 47 & 191 – 47 became DB Eric Rowe & 191 became DB JaCorey Shepard
Dolphins receive picks 52, 145, & 156 – 52 became DT Jordan Phillips, 145 became DB Bobby McCain, & 156 became CB Tony Lippett

Rowe lasted one year with the Eagles and Shepard never played a game for them.

Phillips was a rotational DT, and Lippett was bad, but McCain became and still is a reliable part of that Miami secondary. Oh, and Rowe is in Miami too.

Miami won.

Eagles receive 2016 third round pick – later traded
Lions receive pick 113 – became DT Gabe Wright

The Eagles pick was part of a big one in 2016.

Prior to draft:

Eagles receive QB Sam Bradford, pick 145, & 2016 conditional pick – 145 was traded (see above) & the conditional pick was never awarded
Rams receive QB Nick Foles, pick 119, & 2016 second round pick – 119 became T Andrew Donnal, the second round pick was used to trade up for QB Jared Goff

Gotta say this is a tough one to call. On one hand, the trade set up the Rams for an eventual SB run (and to only score 3 points). On the other hand, do the Eagles make it to the SB without being bad with Bradford? While his one year with the Eagles was average, it did set them up for the big 2016 trade that ultimately led to the SB.

Push..? Maybe? You call it.

Prior to 2015 season:

Eagles receive 2016 fifth round pick – became T Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Steelers receive CB Brandon Boykin

Although Chip did Boykin dirty, it led to the Eagles selecting the Super Bowl left tackle.

Eagles receive 2016 conditional seventh round pick – became LB Joe Walker
Cardinals receive QB Matt Barkley

Walker actually had a productive 2019 season! For the Cardinals..