Biggest mistakes the Philadelphia Eagles could make in the 2022 NFL Draft

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The Philadelphia Eagles should steer clear of packaging both first-round picks to acquire a higher draft choice.

Following the Super Bowl win, it’s been a rough go and an up-and-down roller-coaster ride for this Eagle franchise. The 2018, 2019, and 2021 regular seasons were nine-win affairs. The 2020 season produced an unenviable 4-11-1 record. Entering the current offseason, we had a reason for optimism.

An Eagles team that many expected to bomb made the postseason, and even though things didn’t go well in the Wild Card Round, we knew they had three first-round draft choices in their back pocket.

A blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Saints gave them an additional third-rounder, a second-rounder in 2024, and it deferred one of those first-rounders in 2021 to 2022. Now, there’s a new theory, one that was brought up while discussing how brilliant Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner is.

Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher expressed this argument. Seeing as how teams with multiple first-round picks normally miss on one of their choices, perhaps it would make sense if Philadelphia packaged the 15th and 18th selection and traded up to land Gardner if he wasn’t taken in the top five?

You’d be hard-pressed to find guys who are more reliable than Mosher and Caplan. We have to disagree though. We wouldn’t mind packaging an early-rounder and a late-rounder or two to move up, but that probably won’t get it done. Packaging two first-rounders is very expensive. With that being said, we like staying at 15 and 18 and getting two future starters.

While most general managers would state you do whatever it takes to get the sure thing and while Sauce is brilliant, his presence alone won’t be a total upgrade for the roster. The Eagles don’t need a great player. They need great players, and they need as many opportunities to grab one as they can afford.

Sauce is probably out of play for Philly at 15, but other great players will still be on the board. Others still will fall, and for an Eagles team that has several holes to fill, a team that isn’t lighting it up in free agency, adding two blue-chip prospects is a much better idea than adding one.