What if the Philadelphia Eagles were to trade out of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft? What/who could they get?
This year, the Philadelphia Eagles hold the 25th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. While the Eagles don’t have any big needs that they must select with the pick, it seems likely they will keep it in order to choose a player with high-value who may drop. Just because it looks likely they keep the pick, doesn’t mean it’s a guarantee though. After all, we are talking about Howie Roseman and the Eagles here, a front office that loves to wheel and deal.
We’ve heard reports about the Eagles being a wildcard team that could make a trade during the first round of the draft. Some say don’t be surprised if the Eagles trade up – but nobody should be surprised at all if they decide to trade back as well. After all, that’s precisely what they did just a year ago, which gave the Eagles their second, second-rounder for this year as well.
So say the Eagles opt out of trading up, and stay put with the 25th pick. Then, the pick rolls around, and they don’t have any top-graded prospects that are worth spending the pick on so they decide to field calls and move back. What kind of deal could the Eagles end up with? Well, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell decided to put together a full mock draft, which contains trades only in the first round. His hypothetical scenario for the Eagles ended up giving the Birds two additional picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, along with a veteran player as well. Let’s analyze.
What’s the deal?
Eagles send: Round 1, Pick 25
Vikings send: CB Trae Waynes, Round 2, Pick 50, Round 6, Pick 190
At least this mock draft doesn’t have the Eagles taking a cornerback with the 25th overall pick. But instead, they are trading for one, while acquiring another early pick, along with a later one. So this deal would give the Eagles a third, second-round pick along with a second, sixth-rounder as well.
Picks wise, this is solid compensation. Chances are, if the Eagles can’t find a player that’s worth their 25th pick, they can get somebody later on in the second round where they would be loaded up with assets. And if they feel like they need to trade up in the second round to get a guy they really like, they have tons of picks to make it happen.
The real deal breaker in this trade would be the acquisition of veteran cornerback, Trae Waynes. The 26-year-old cornerback is set to make over $9 million in 2019. Similar to Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills, Waynes is approaching a contract year. As the Eagles already have a handful of young and cheap options on board, it doesn’t make much sense to bring on an expiring $9 million contract. If the Eagles are going to make any trades this year, cornerback most likely won’t be the position they are going for. Expect a running back, linebacker, or a defensive end.