How could trades inside the top 10 affect the Eagles at 12?
Many Eagles fans have already memorized how the board will look ahead of the 12th pick during Thursday’s NFL Draft. Those creating mock drafts have felt that every possible avenue has been predicted and what each team’s needs are ahead of them. Going into draft night, though, these articles and predictions are likely to be thrown to the wayside thanks to trades.
With every passing day, more and more trade rumors surface in regards to the draft order in the top ten. Five quarterbacks could go early, and sleeper teams could look to make a move up to grab one, and there are already reports of teams looking to trade back. Before the draft kicks off on April 29th, here is how the board could change ahead of the Philadelphia Eagles and how it affects them.
The two most likely trade backs are the Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers. ESPN and various other outlets have reported both teams to be looking into trading back. Both teams are wildcard selections and could go anywhere from QB, a skill position, or somewhere on defense. If either of these two were to trade back past 12, it would be a massive benefit to the Eagles, allowing the players they are targeting to continue to slide. Anyone trading for 4 or 8 very likely will be wanting a QB with the pick.
Alongside those two, the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos have been rumored to be on the move, but nothing concrete just yet. Denver would likely move back if teams ahead took the main QB prospects, and Dallas, nobody, knows why. The Broncos are in the mix for defensive players like Micah Parsons alongside QBs, while the Cowboys are in the mix for everyone. Jerry Jones has reportedly been infatuated with Kyle Pitts, but they desperately need a cornerback.
The last team you could likely see move on draft day is our own Philadelphia Eagles. According to various reports, Philly has been rumored to trade up or down from 12, according to the situation. Some have said they could trade up if a QB prospect falls or move back if the board dries up before their selection. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if the Eagles trade 12, having already traded their first-round pick once this year, moving from six to 12.
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