Philadelphia Eagles: NFL Analyst Re-Drafts First Round of the 2016 NFL Draft

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Carson Wentz of the North Dakota State Bison holds up a jersey after being picked
CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Carson Wentz of the North Dakota State Bison holds up a jersey after being picked /

The 2016 NFL Draft was just about three years from now. With what we know, NFL Analyst Lance Zierlein re-drafted the first round. Did the Philadelphia Eagles make the correct decision with their pick?

Three years from now, the Philadelphia Eagles made perhaps their two most significant moves in the franchise’s history. First, they started with firing Chip Kelly from the head coaching job after Week 16, before he even had a chance to finish off the season. Making that move also opened up the Eagles’ general manager position in the front office, which Howie Roseman once ran.

Although Howie was relieved of his duties the previous year, he was clearly still the number one candidate to have the opportunity to get the job back. Naturally, the Eagles allowed Howie Roseman to come out of his corner that Chip Kelly placed him in and get his career back. And since Chip Kelly the head coach was out as well, the Eagles ended up hiring Doug Pederson as the Eagles’ head coach, after hosting a few candidates.

Both hires ended up paying off. By season number two, Howie would assemble a complete roster, which was Super Bowl worthy, and Doug Pederson coached them right to get to the big game and win it all. While we know those two offseason moves in 2016 were great – how was the NFL Draft that year?

With 2016 being three years ago now, those draft picks from that year are approaching their contract seasons. Since that’s the case, NFL Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein decided to redo the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Knowing what we do now, did the Eagles make the right decision in the eyes of a draft pro? Let’s see his opinion.

Did the Eagles make the right pick?

With the second-overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected North Dakota State quarterback, Carson Wentz. Now, with the second pick of the 2016 NFL Redo Draft the Philadelphia Eagles select. . . Carson Wentz! As expected, Zierlein chose Wentz as the Eagles’ official redraft candidate, further making the Wentz pick seem like a home run for the Birds.

"“Here’s another team that aggressively targeted their man in 2016. The Eagles just let Nick Foles walk. So, yeah, they would draft Wentz again.”"

By now, we know that the Eagles love Wentz as they have stuck with him through the growing pains, the good, and now the bad. In 2016, the Birds named Wentz the starting quarterback for week one after making a sudden trade just a week before the opener. Wentz started hot, then cooled down. But the Eagles wouldn’t panic as their rookie quarterback at the time was showing a lot of promise.

Year two was monstrous for Wentz as he took a significant step forward. An MVP-caliber season eventually got derailed though as he tore his ACL. We all know the story of his backup coming in and lighting it up later on down the line, but the Eagles made it clear that they would stick with Wentz moving forward. Year three clouded a lot of fans memories as Wentz returned early, and looked a bit different. He wasn’t great, but he surely wasn’t bad either.

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Despite having another season-ending injury more than halfway through the year, the Eagles still made it clear that Wentz is worthy of an extension. It could be tomorrow, or it could be midway through the season. Who knows. What we do know though is that Wentz will be here for the long haul and the Birds made the right pick.