Masterclass: How the Eagles turned Carson Wentz into multiple franchise cornerstones
The first round of the 2023 NFL Draft has come to a close, and the Eagles walked away with two talents that were widely considered the top of their class.
After trading up ahead of Chicago to select star DT Jalen Carter, edge-rusher Nolan Smith fell right into their laps at No. 30 overall. Dating back to last year, the Eagles have now added four of the best players from a defense that won two straight National titles — and it’s partially thanks to Carson Wentz.
In fact, Wentz is responsible for the acquisitions of several key players on Philadelphia’s roster. Here’s a trade-by-trade breakdown of how it all worked out.
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2021 — Carson Wentz Trade
Colts receive: Carson Wentz
Eagles receive: 2021 3rd-round, cond. 2022 first-round
2021 — Draft trade with Dolphins
Dolphins receive: #6 overall pick
Eagles receive: #12 overall pick, 2022 first-round
2021 — Draft Day Trade
Cowboys receive: 2021 3rd-round (IND), #12 overall
Eagles receive: #10 overall (WR DeVonta Smith)
Carson Wentz → 2021 3rd-round → DeVonta Smith
2022 — Draft trade with Saints
Saints receive: #16 overall (IND), #19 overall
Eagles receive: #18 overall, 2023 first-round
2022 — Draft Day Trade
Texans receive: #15 overall (MIA), #124, #162, #166
Eagles receive: #13 overall (DT Jordan Davis)
#6 (2021) → #15 (MIA) → Jordan Davis
2022 — Draft Day Trade
Titans receive: #18 overall (NO), #101 overall
Eagles receive: WR AJ Brown
Carson Wentz → #16 (IND) → #18 (NO) → AJ Brown
2023 — Draft Day Trade
Bears receive: #10 overall (NO), 2024 4th-round
Eagles receive: #9 overall (DT Jalen Carter)
Carson Wentz → #16 (IND) → #10 (NO) → Jalen Carter
In summation, Howie Roseman found a way to turn Carson Wentz’s $128M contract and the No. 6 overall pick in 2021 into DeVonta Smith, Jordan Davis, AJ Brown, and Jalen Carter.
Additionally, the quarterback he drafted in 2020 as an insurance policy, Jalen Hurts, is now the face of the franchise and among the NFL’s highest-paid players.
Nakobe Dean blitz leads to a Nolan Smith interception GET USED TO IT PHILLY. pic.twitter.com/aN77qwsmza— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) April 28, 2023
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