Rumor has it the Philadelphia Eagles could be aggressively looking to trade up in the 2019 NFL Draft. How much attention should we pay to what’s being said?
It’s, perhaps, the biggest curve ball in the draft process. We cook up mock drafts. We crank out player profiles. We can even rank the incoming prospects, but it’s getting harder and harder to identify who the potential trade partners might be (unless, of course, your name is Ian Rapoport. Still, as the 2019 NFL Draft approaches, we’re hearing something more and more about the Philadelphia Eagles.
They may be looking to move out of the 25th-overall selection, and they’re not trying to move down. They want to move up. Peter Schrager suggested this on the NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. Another report in the same vein popped up shortly thereafter, and it comes courtesy of ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
He’s sees Philly as the second most-likely NFL squad to make an aggressive move up the draft board, and while everyone who’s anyone has linked Philly to some of the top running backs, cornerbacks, and defensive linemen available, Graziano believes a left tackle who might eventually take over for Jason Peters is the way to go.
Take a look at some of what Graziano said:
"Philly is another win-now team looking for instant-impact players, but the speculation around the league is that the Eagles would look to move up from No. 25 if an offensive tackle they like starts to tumble."
Did that catch your attention? Here’s more:
"Jason Peters is 37, and the Eagles can’t afford to get caught short on the offensive line anytime soon. The Titans are picking 19th and have just six picks in the draft, and the Seahawks are picking 21st and have a draft-low four picks. Those are a couple of spots where a team like Philly could make a deal with a team looking to add another pick."
Before you dismiss this entirely, keep a few things in mind. One, Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman is among the most aggressive deal makers in all of pro football. Second, we’ve seen this from Philly before.
In 2010, the traded up to draft Brandon Graham. Even more recently, they made two trades in the 2016 version of the NFL Draft to land in the second spot and take their quarterback of the future, Carson Wentz.
So, let’s recap. Schrager thinks Philly wants a defensive tackle. Graziano says take a new ‘Bodyguard’ for Wentz. We’ve even heard there’s some interest in a former Houston Cougars defensive linemen. His name is Ed Oliver.
To make long stories short, there are a ton of options. We may here tons more prior to April 25th. Things are heating up. The next selection meeting in Nashville is approaching, and it figures to be a lot of fun.