What if the Philadelphia Eagles did swap first-round picks again?
As one of the NFL’s 32 professional franchises, it seems unfathomable that any team would adopt a ‘wait until next year’ theory. Heck, if you’re a Detroit Lions fan, it might be easy to develop an attitude that your team cares nothing about winning, but if you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you’d think the team that plays Rocky’s theme before home games wouldn’t develop this defeatist mindstate, or would they?
The City of Brotherly Love’s basketball team did come up with that ‘Trust the Process’ mantra once. Football is different though right? There’s no way the Birds or Howie Roseman would accept any attitude that agrees with the theory that 2021’s season is already a lost cause and they should simply wave the white flag and get ready for 2022.
Well, they wouldn’t, would they?
As the NFL Draft approaches, the conversations are all over the place. Some still can’t understand why this team traded out of the top ten. There are others who like the move, but now, there are rumors that Philly may want to trade their way back into the top ten. Perhaps they fear losing an opportunity to land someone they wanted to the rival New York Giants or Dallas Cowboys?
Then again, you have to consider this. Doesn’t trading up now give credence to the argument that there was no reason for them to trade out of the top ten in the first place?
Here’s an idea. Why not trade back? That could add a few more picks in the current selection meeting and maybe earn Philly another pick or two down the road. Might this be something that they’re pondering?
The fact is no one knows for certain. Still, if this is a strategy the Birds are tossing around in their heads, here’s a guess on three teams that could be willing trade partners.