3 Reasons Eagles should trade one of those 1st-round NFL Draft picks

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The Eagles’ evaluation of Jalen Hurts continues, but things are looking up.

Let’s rewind to September for a second. We all walked into the 2021-2022 regular season believing two things. One, this was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the Philadelphia Eagles. Second, seeing as how no one thought the first thought was inaccurate, fuel was added to the consuming fires heating up around the next theory.

This season was supposed to be an 18-week, 17-game audition for Jalen Hurts. We’ve turned the calendar from 2021 to 2022, and here’s what we learned. We were wrong about the ‘rebuilding’ narrative.

The Eagles may have been the only team that thought they were playoff-ready, but they were right, and we were wrong. Nine wins in the aforementioned 17 games mean the Birds are the seventh seed in the NFC Playoffs, and regardless of what happens in the postseason, the future looks bright.

That Jalen Hurts evaluation is going fairly well. He improves with each passing week. Philadelphia is also armed with three first-round draft choices in the 2022 NFL Draft, but here’s a question that isn’t being asked that often.

What if they trade one of those first-round draft choices? Jalen Hurts’ evaluation is still an ongoing process, but there aren’t any quarterbacks in the 2022 draft class that make any plans of taking one in the first round look like a good business practice.

That could change in 2023 though. The crop of signal-callers in that class could be more talented.

Don’t rule out the possibility of the Eagles, rather than keeping three first-round picks in 2022, finagling their way into, instead, assuring themselves of two first-round picks in the 2021 and 2022 NFL Draft. Here are three reasons why that’s a theory that makes sense.