Wednesday came in with a bit of a whimper, and suddenly, the hammer dropped, as the Eagles announce they will move up again in Round 1 of next week’s NFL Draft. The team announced that they have swapped first round picks with the Cleveland Browns. The Eagles now own the Number Two overall selection. But, moving up like this certainly has come with a price. The team also gives up third and fourth round picks in this draft, their number one in 2017 and their number two in 2018. The Eagles will also receive the Browns’ 4th rounder next year.
To me, this is very steep. The Eagles have needs to address, and giving up all of those picks is certainly very pricey. Rumors online today have swirled about the Eagles looking at Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey. But, this bold move has put them in place to grab one of the top quarterbacks in the draft: Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. It gives them the ability to draft a guy, sit him behind Sam Bradford, and learn Doug Pedersen’s offense from Chase Daniel. Had the team stayed at the eighth pick in the first round, neither of those two quarterbacks would be there.
Did Philadelphia make this move in an effort to keep their division rival, Dallas, from drafting one of the two quarterbacks? Perhaps. I could certainly make a case for that. The Ramsey rumor is a nice one. But, with the news today that the Carolina Panthers have removed the franchise tag from cornerback josh Norman, I’d be on the phone with his agent, seeing what it would take. I could make the case for Laremy Tunsil, the tackle from Ole Miss. Get Tunsil, and you could tell Jason Peters to have a nice day. I had written on here before about the Eagles taking Ezekiel Elliott. He does so many things for a team, both with and without the ball. But, taking Elliott at #2 overall will certainly be way too high.
As a fan, I’m not too sure how I feel about this. I believe the price is too high. I’m all about quantity at this point. Sure, the quality that could be had at #2 could certainly turn around a franchise, the list of names drafted very high that have proven to be massive flameouts is very long, indeed, and those picks in 2017 and 2018 would certainly go a long way towards returning the team to prominence. A 1, a 3, and a 4 should have made this deal happen. But now, GM Howie Roseman seems to have mortgaged the future, somewhat, for what we all hope, will not be a handful of “magic” beans.
Mike Mayock of the NFL Network, said on TV earlier today that “Roseman felt he could win with either of the two quarterbacks”, so that’s why this deal has been made. The network also said that Jeffrey Lurie made personal trips to evaluate both Goff and Wentz, and that Lurie never does that. So, for him to do that says something big about the potential these players bring. With the team giving up what they did to get to #2, whoever is on the card next Thursday night, better be able to shoulder the hopes of a fanbase that wants a winner, and they want a winner very soon.
We’ll all be witness to it, in eight days, as the NFL Commissioner makes his way to the podium and says: “With the second pick, the Philadelphia Eagles select…………”.