You are the eagles. It’s what they do, especially with General Manager Howie Roseman at the wheel. Since Roseman first took over the staff in 2010, Philadelphia has completed 33 draft day trades, the fourth most popular behind the New England Patriots (46), Minnesota Vikings (38) and San Francisco 49ers (36) according to ESPN Stats & Information Research.
The Eagles enter the league on Thursday in Cleveland (8:00 p.m. ET, ABC / ESPN / ESPN app) with 11 picks, giving Roseman all kinds of capital to move around the draft board. Will he use it to get back in the top 10? Would it be for a quarterback? Let’s dive into:
Are the Eagles watching quarterback Justin Fields?
In his Draft of a total column This week, ESPN’s Todd McShay said he had heard, “there is some interest in Justin Fields within the [Eagles] Organization. “That’s a spicy nugget. McShay adds that the Eagles” appear to be throwing feelers at QB-needy teams who want to move up to 12th if they fall, “and that alleged interest in Fields may develop as they do are negotiating a possible trade back.
What should you do with it?
The Adler refused to name Jalen hurts The previous starter, with coach Nick Sirianni citing the importance of creating competition in all positions as the main reason. While the reason may be so simple, the Eagles allow themselves some wiggle room if there is an opportunity during or even after the draft not to publicly commit to Hurts.
You can bet there are people in the building who consider Fields to be one of the top three quarterbacks in this design class. There is a thought that one of the QBs could be in play if they slide to 12.
But there seems to be a growing feeling in the league that all five of the best QBs – Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, From us Zach Wilson, Alabamas Mac Jones, Fields and North Dakota State Trey Lance – will be drafted within the first eight picks, which means the Eagles would have to return to the top 10 a month after moving from 6th to 12th in a deal with the Miami Dolphins that was a future first-round election.
It’s possible for them to level up again at a lower price – let’s call it a second-round player – and secure a coveted player while sticking to that newly acquired first-round selection. The initial setback, however, isn’t the type of behavior teams typically exhibit when chasing a franchise quarterback, as it increases the risk of missing out on the prospect.
If the Eagles had been hot after Fields, they probably wouldn’t have pulled out of the six-hole just to improve their overall draft.
Then again, it’s the Eagles, so you can never say never.
If not Fields, who would Philly be rising for?
Three perspectives make the most sense for me: Florida tight end Kyle Pitts, LSU wide receiver Yes, ‘Mar Chase and Alabama Cornerback Patrick Surtain II. If Pitts or Chase somehow fell off the board because of all the quarterback activity and the Eagles were able to track down one of the top playmakers in the draft, the initial trade from 6th to 12th would look pretty smart.
The more realistic candidate for promotion could be Surtain. The Eagles have several teams ahead of them that could use a cornerback, including this one Dallas Cowboys in 10th place. If Surtain is one of the Eagles’ top rated prospects – and the bet here is that they are – they’ll have to move up a few slots to guarantee the landing.
When will the tight end Zach Ertz traded?
Ertz trade speculation has dragged on for months, but the end seems to be in sight.
The stand was not due to a lack of suitors. Rather, the proposed compensation didn’t motivate the Eagles to rush and part with Ertz, their Super Bowl LII hero and three-time pro bowler.
The draft creates a pressure point that should make it easier to act. Adam Caplan recently reported that an Ertz deal will take place By the end of the weekend, and maybe even before the first round begins on Thursday, it would be wise to meet the Eagles before a team looking for a tight end meets the need in the draft.
The Eagles’ greatest needs included in the draft are …
You can make an argument for almost any position. The offensive and defensive lines need a youth infusion. The broad receiver and the returning groups feel incomplete. There are only two quarterbacks on the list. Linebacker. Defensive back. They name it, the Eagles could use it.
Two of the most important needs are on the defensive side: cornerback and defensive end. The CB2 point opposite Darius Slay is wide open and asks someone like Surtain to come in and fill it up. And while Philadelphia has a decent group of edge rushers, Brandon Graham is 33 years old and a co-starter Derek Barnett is in the final year of his rookie deal. If the Eagles act back in the first round, they might walk away with someone like the defensive end Kwity Paye.
The bad news is that the Eagles are very busy getting this roster in tip-top shape. The good news is that you don’t have to reach out as needed in this design as there is need everywhere.