The Philadelphia Eagles strike a deal with the always transparent Steelers.
No one plays with their cards closer to the vest than the Philadelphia Eagles. No one shows their hand with more frequency than Pittsburgh. The Steelers need a quarterback, and everyone knows it. Here’s the thing though.
New Orleans might be in the market for one of their own. Sure, they re-signed Jameis Winston, but what took them so long? The new league year began on March 16th, and Jameis’ deal wasn’t announced until March 19th.
They don’t appear to be pumped, do they?
There’s no way to guarantee this, but you can make the argument that we won’t see a quarterback taken in the first 15 picks. Successful arguments can also be made to suggest the contrary. The Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers (if they don’t honor the previous request), and the Atlanta Falcons could have an interest at the second, sixth, and eighth picks respectively.
If New is in the market, there will definitely be a few available. Here’s how Pro Football Focus ranks the top five on their big board. Sam Howell is the 22nd-ranked player overall on their board. Malik Willis is 25th, and he’s followed by Desmond Ridder (43) Matt Corral (44), and Kenny Pickett (48).
Depending on how things go, we may see Pittsburgh show their desire to move ahead of New Orleans to get their guy. Swapping the 20th selection with Philly for the 18th would allow them to do so.
The Birds get some incentive via the 52nd-overall selection in Round 2. The Steelers get the 101st selection in Round 3 to sweeten the pot a little. Like the aforementioned scenario, everyone gets what they want here.