4 Philadelphia Eagles moves Howie Roseman should be applauded for

Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles land big fish in the NFL Draft.

An article praising Howie for drafting seems unusual, but here we are. Often criticized for the moves made in previous drafts, Roseman knocked this one out of the park.

Many fans were upset when the news of the Eagles trading down broke. All offseason, Eagles fans have been celebrating the fact that they could secure either LSU wide receiver Ja’marr Chase or Florida tight end Kyle Pitts. Trading down to 12 ruled both of them out.

Roseman had a plan though. Devonta Smith graded very similar to Ja’marr Chase and that is why trading down made even more sense. He felt he could get a blue-chip player while securing another first-round pick.

Roseman did not disappoint in the rest of the draft either. Taking interior offensive lineman Landon Dickerson with the 37th overall pick in the second round. He’s someone Philly is banking on to stay healthy and anchor this offensive line after Jason Kelce retires.

Defensive tackle Milton Williams was added out of Louisiana Tech, someone who’s being compared to Aaron Donald. Cornerback Zech McPhearson was added in the fourth round. Running back Kenny Gainwell was added in the fifth. Both of these picks drew rave reviews from draft experts and Eagles fans. Cornerback was still a need at the time and McPhearson has the talent to play early and develop into a solid player. Getting a player like Kenny Gainwell in the fifth round was just flat-out impressive. Miles Sanders needs help in the backfield and the Eagles need a young dynamic back in case of injury.

This draft cannot be judged for another few years, but Howie deserves an A for the moves he was able to make and the value of each draft pick.