Three draft day trade scenarios for the Eagles
It was reported earlier today that the Eagles were looking into trading up ahead of Dallas to select a top corner. Many are now wondering what the point of trading back a month ago was when the team already held the #6 overall pick. In summation, if the Eagles are able to slide their way back into the top-10, they essentially acquired an additional first-round pick next year for less.
How will tonight go? According to a source in the thicket of the top of the draft: “There are so many teams trying to trade up right now. I think you’re going to see a record amount of trades.”— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) April 29, 2021
You never know how the board will fall on draft day, but if a player the Eagles covet does fall unexpectedly there are ways they could move up (or back) in the draft:
Trade #1: Eagles move into the top-5
|Atlanta Falcons receive:||Philadelphia Eagles receive:|
|#12 pick, 2022 second-round pick, TE Zach Ertz||#4 pick|
There has been a lot of buzz around Atlanta and Florida standout Kyle Pitts, but they have been entertaining potential trades involving that #4 overall pick. Some were speculating that Atlanta could possibly be looking into a quarterback, but with Matt Ryan restructuring his deal in the offseason (and increasing his cap hit in the process) they’re unlikely to move on from him anytime soon.
Atlanta would still maintain a top-15 pick and acquire some additional draft capital for next season. With Hayden Hurst being the only viable tight end option currently, Ertz would bring a veteran presence to a Falcons receiving core that already consists of Julio Jones (for now), Calvin Ridley & Russell Gage.
The Eagles currently hold four picks in the first two rounds of next year’s draft, so parting with one of those picks would be well worth giving them their choice of Kyle Pitts or Ja’Marr Chase. Teams with a more pressing need for a QB could be more willing to overpay for the #4 pick, however.
Ja’Marr Chase on 20+ yard passes in 2019:— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) March 24, 2021
• 24 receptions
• 860 yards
• 14 TDs
• 7 contested catches
• 1 drop
Best deep threat in college football. pic.twitter.com/ioArFeyE7U
Trade #2: Eagles jump in front of Dallas
|Denver Broncos receive:||Philadelphia Eagles receive:|
|#12 pick, 2022 third-round pick||#9 pick|
After selecting CeeDee Lamb last year out of sheer pettiness, Dallas finds themselves needing secondary help in a bad way. You can guarantee that the Cowboys will be eyeing up either Patrick Surtain or Jaycee Horn with their #10 pick to bolster the defense. If the Eagles are interested in either one of those top cornerbacks, it would be essential to jump in front of your division rivals here.
Denver just acquired Teddy Bridgewater via trade, so moving back in the draft could be an option as they take themselves out of the running for a QB. Per the Walter Football value chart, the #9 pick is valued at 1350 while the #12 pick is valued at 1200. Giving Denver a third-round pick next season to move back three spots would make this an even trade for both sides.
Jaycee Horn: CB1. pic.twitter.com/oT3zxthAuI— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) April 2, 2021
Trade #3: Eagles trade back, acquire Anthony Miller
|Chicago Bears receive:||Philadelphia Eagles|
|#12 pick||#20 pick, 2022 second-round pick, WR Anthony Miller|
Anthony Miller has been on the trade block for weeks now and his potential is worth exploring. With the Eagles rumored infatuation in Kwity Paye and Christian Barmore, they may be able to trade back and still have a shot at them. Greg Newsome II also wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize at CB while the Eagles continue to stock up on assets for the future.
Miller is coming off a down season with Chicago but possesses 4.38 speed and has accumulated 134 receptions for 1564 yards and 11 TDs over his first 3 seasons. The former second-round pick would immediately compete for a starting role in Philadelphia and would allow the team to address other needs throughout the draft. Miller is entering the final year of his rookie deal with a base salary of just $1.2M in 2021.
.@Mtrubisky10 to @AnthonyMiller_3 for the go-ahead score! @ChicagoBears lead 27-23 with 1:54 to go. #DaBears— NFL (@NFL) September 13, 2020
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