We’re still a long way from the NFL Draft, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start thinking about trades…especially when the Eagles are involved. Howie Roseman has built a reputation of a notoriously tough GM to negotiate with and last offseason’s run of excellence highlight exactly why. With three first-round picks in his pocket, there’s every chance he’d move up for his guy, just as he did in 2021…but what would it take?
Roseman played a masterclass in 2021. After recouping a first-round pick for Carson Wentz, the Eagles GM traded a thrid-round pick to jump the Giants and snag the Heisman-winning wideout. Having previously moved back in a trade with the Dolphins to the 12th spot, netting another first-round pick in the process, Roseman moved back up to #10, and move in front of the Giants to get Smith, spending a third-round pick to do so.
With three first-round picks at his disposal, it’s easy to see a scenario where the Eagles are willing to move on from at least one of them. But what would that get them in return as far as this years’ draft goe?
For that, we turn to the NFL Draft chart. It’s dated, but still used in many war rooms to this day. DraftTek made an updated 2022 version and have placed the following points values on the top-10 picks.
1 – 3000
2 – 2600
3 – 2200
4 – 1800
5 – 1700
6 – 1600
7 – 1500
8 – 1400
9 – 1350
10 – 1300
As far as Philly’s most valuable selections, they’re valued like this:
15 – 1050
16 – 1000
19 – 875
51 – 390
83 – 175
It all comes down to how high up the order Howie wants to climb. If it’s a top-five selection he wants, he’s probably going to have to give up pick 19. The fact it’s a realistic possibility, however, is actually really exciting.
In theory, the Eagles could go all the way to the top if they were to throw in a player or two and use all three first-rounders. I highly doubt they will, but it just demonstrates the power that Roseman will have on draft night.
There’s no reason he couldn’t shuffle up to hold a top-10 pick and pick 16, surrendering the 19th selection in a trade.
As far as trades outside of the NFL Draft, all the noise has been around the QB position. We can look to the Matt Stafford trade that saw the Rams switch quarterbacks and give up back-to-back first-round picks, as well as a third-rounder. The Eagles could easily match that price and then some, giving them the inside-track should they want to explore some quarterback markets.
When it comes to players who could be used as collateral, I recently wrote about five who could well be on the trade block this offseason. Fletcher Cox, Andre Dillard, Miles Sanders, Jalen Reagor, and even Jalen Hurts could have their names floated in trade discussions.
It’s easy to sit back and think about how exciting the NFL draft is going to be, but it’s even more salivating when you realize just how valuable those picks are. Not only to the Eagles, but to potential trade partners around the league.
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