Best Early options and theories about the Eagles top-ten draft choice

Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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With success comes options. The Philadelphia Eagles find themselves in the rarest of positions. They earned the number one seed in their conference ahead of the playoffs. They’re set to play in Super Bowl LVII, and they’ll own a top-ten selection in the coming 2023 NFL Draft. If nothing changes, Philly will pick twice in the first round and tenth overall, but here’s a theory that might pick up steam later. Could vice president/general manager Howie Roseman decide it’s best that the Birds trade the top-ten selection?

The idea seems outlandish, but Howie is no stranger to first-round movement. It’s a part of his DNA. Ahead of last year’s selection meeting, the Eagles held three first-round picks. Howie made a deal of some sort with all three.

Once the dust cleared and smoke settled, he had bargained a deal with the New Orleans Saints that included Philly’s acquisition of their 2023 first-round draft choice, he had landed wide receiver A.J. Brown from the Tennessee Titans, and he traded up to the 13th-overall selection to take Georgia Bulldogs defensive tackle, Jordan Davis.

Roseman also made multiple trades with his first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Eagles originally held the sixth overall pick but bargained it to move back before trading back into the top ten to select Heisman Trophy-winning receiver, DeVonta Smith.

In 2019, Philly moved ahead of the Houston Texans to draft Washington State offensive tackle, Andre Dillard. In 2016, they moved up from the 13th overall selection to the second to spend that selection on Carson Wentz.

With Howie Roseman at the helm, trades involving draft collateral are a part of the deal. Don’t be shocked if the Eagles make a selection at ten. Don’t be surprised if they don’t, but for conversation’s sake, here are a few ideas for what might be done with the selection.