Dare we say as Philadelphia Eagles fans that first-round picks are overrated?
The Philadelphia Eagles will potentially have three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. They own their own selection, the Miami Dolphins’ first-round selection, and the Indianapolis Colts’ first-round selection if quarterback Carson Wentz plays at least seventy-five percent of their snaps, which most of us expect him to do.
A big objection from experts and fans is this. Trading for Deshaun Watson will cost Philly too much in a trade. It’s been said (though this may not be true) that the Eagles will more than likely have to part ways with at least two first-round picks to land the former Clemson Tiger. It’s possible that Roseman would be asked to trade picks over the course of consecutive drafts.
Draft picks are widely considered a major asset to an NFL team. They are important when it comes to rebuilding a team in a cost-effective way, but they are very overrated, especially in relation to a player like Deshaun Watson.
Just because a team has three first-round picks, there’s no guarantee that they’ll land three blue-chip players. If you aren’t a believer in that take, just ask the Las Vegas Raiders who, in 2019, held three first-round picks and used all three of them. Clelin Ferrell, Josh Abrams, and Josh Jacobs were the selections. Jacobs is the only player out of the three that has lived up to his first-round expectations. Ferrell and Abrams are still considered to be question marks three years later.
Howie Roseman also doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to drafting players. When you have the opportunity to trade draft picks, which are unknown commodities, for a proven player like Deshaun Watson, you absolutely have to do so.