The first round of the NFL draft is in the books. While the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t make the flashiest choice, trading out of the first was the best way to maximize value. The second round will be tonight which will be when the Eagles finally make their first selection.
What did Philadelphia get out of the trade?
The Eagles gave up their 32nd and 132nd overall picks to acquire the Baltimore Raven’s 52nd and 125th overall picks as well as next years second round choice. So in essence, the Eagles moved down 20 spots to move up five spots in the fourth round and receive Baltimore’s second round pick next year.
Why would the Eagles make this trade?
Philadelphia clearly was not in love with any of the prospects that are in line to be chosen at the beginning of the second round. In addition, they saw that they could move back and still draft a player with a similar grade and acquire the Ravens second-round pick in 2019 as well.
This year’s draft is considered unusually strong. This means that the difference between a third rounder and a second rounder, or even a late first-round selection is not as large as usual. The Eagles knew this and used it to their advantage. They leveraged the final pick in the first round to gain a second round pick next year. Lamar Jackson still being available also helped to increase the return in the trade. Now, if the Baltimore Ravens struggle next season, the Eagles could have a very valuable early second round pick.
Who could the Eagles select in the second?
The Eagles should be expected to be in the market for a running back, tight end, safety, offensive tackle or linebacker. The Eagles are such a strong team that they can wait until their pick and choose the best available prospect. That being said, offensive picks to look out for are: tight ends Dallas Goedert or Mike Gesicki. Offensive tackle Connor Williams and running back Darrius Guice will also be targeted. As for defensive picks, corners Isaiah Oliver and Donte Jackson, as well as saftey Justin Reid could be the pick.
At the end of the day, the person the Eagles pick will be the best player still available at 52nd.
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