Rumor: Eagles turned down draft-day trade to select WR DeVonta Smith
The Eagles sacrificed a third-round pick to trade up with Dallas and select Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith in last year’s draft.
That wasn’t the only trade on the table for the Eagles, however.
Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Chicago Bears reportedly offered Philadelphia a future first-round selection to move up in the draft themselves:
According to @MikeGarafolo, the Eagles were offered a fourth 2022 first-round pick from the Bears, but Howie Roseman turned it down to draft DeVonta Smith.— Tucker Bagley 🧢 (@TBagleySports) January 5, 2022
“Howie Roseman came into this season saying ‘I know we’re starting to plan for the future.’ That’s why he compiled those three [first-round] draft picks. He had an opportunity to get a fourth, by the way. When the Bears were trading up — and they would have traded up with the Eagles instead of the Giants — Roseman said ‘No, I like DeVonta Smith and believe he’s going to have an immediate impact on our team.’ So he selected DeVonta Smith.“
The Bears ended up swapping picks with the Giants, moving up to #11 to select QB Justin Fields. New York received a 2022 first and fourth-round pick in return.
Knowing Eagles GM Howie Roseman, he would’ve loved nothing more than to acquire a 4th first-round pick for 2022. Standing pat and drafting their guy in DeVonta Smith shows just how much the franchise believes in the young star.
DeVonta Smith has 61 catches on the year for 875 yards and 5 TDs. As it currently stands, the Eagles hold the #14 (MIA), #19 and #21 (IND) overall picks in next year’s NFL Draft.
ELITE FOOTWORK. 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/Nul39bCJM7— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) December 26, 2021