There are two ways that we can evaluate the Eagles’ trade with the Saints.
By now, you’ve had sufficient time to readjust and refocus following April 4th’s news that the Philadelphia Eagles partnered with the New Orleans Saints in a blockbuster trade that involves eight draft choices over the next three selection meetings. How are you feeling? For the most part, it appears that feedback, more often than not, has been positive.
Just like that, the Eagles go from having three first-round draft choices in 2022 in their back pockets (the 15th, 16th, and 19th-overall) to swapping the 16th and 19th for the 18th-overall selection in 2022 and a first-rounder in 2023.
In addition to all of that, they shipped off their sixth-rounder in 2022, the 194th-overall selection. In return, they acquired a third-rounder in 2022 (the 101st-overall selection), a seventh-rounder in 2022 (the 237th-overall), and a second-round pick in 2024. The more you look at the trade, the better it gets.
So, there are two ways in which we can look at this. We can ponder what might have been with three top-20 choices in Round 1 this year and debate whether or not losing one was wise, or we can share some back-and-forth on what having two first-rounders in this draft and the next means.
Do we discuss whether or not this is another indication of how the Eagles view Jalen Hurts? Have they set themselves up to add a quarterback in 2023 if Jalen isn’t the guy? We’ll have the remainder of this offseason, all of the 2022-2023 regular season, and next year’s offseason to talk about that.
For now, let’s discuss how this year’s capital could be managed and utilized, seeing as how every mock we’ve written is outdated now. Here’s what a favorable Eagles draft might look like.