Eagles reportedly eyeing game-changer while Day 1 trade rumors continue swirling

Rumors of the Eagles' interest in trading up in Round 1 of the NFL Draft for a game changer aren't going away.
Quinyon Mitchell, Philadelphia Eagles draft
Quinyon Mitchell, Philadelphia Eagles draft / Kevin Sabitus/GettyImages

There's nothing like a churning rumor mill to crank up the imagination. Here we are again, tossing around our thoughts and theories during the days and hours leading up to another NFL Draft. As you might imagine, Philadelphia Eagles Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman is part of the discussion.

No one maneuvers his way around the draft board like good ol' Howie. If nothing changes between now and the first night of the draft (or during the following two days), Philly will make eight selections. We'll see how that works out. Roseman never stays put during a selection meeting, particularly during Round 1, and by the looks of things, Howie is reportedly working the phones in an attempt to trade up. Everyone has their theories about some of the top draft options if they do, us included. Now another name enters the discussion.

Eagles are reportedly interested in executing a trade to put them into position to draft Quinyon Mitchell.

Stop us if you've heard this before. The Philadelphia Eagles have only drafted a DB in Round 1 three times since the NFL Draft was born in the 1930s. The last time they did so was 22 years ago when Lito Sheppard was the choice.

It isn't that they won't take one early. There has been interest (Sauce Gardner, Patrick Surtain II, Jaycee Horn), but someone always beat them to the punch. Fast forward to the present. With two aging corners on the outside, there are questions about whether or not this would be the time to revisit the idea.

There are stellar CBs in the selection meeting. One is Quinyon Mitchell, and Sportskeeda's Tony Pauline suggests he might be on Philly's radar and others. As of Tuesday afternoon, Pauline heard the following: "The Eagles are speaking with the Denver Broncos about trading up to the 12th selection so they can draft the Toledo cornerback. The Broncos, in turn, would receive the Eagles pick in the first round which they would use to draft quarterback Bo Nix. This assumes the Pittsburgh Steelers don't beat out the Eagles for that pick..."

Mitchell is a stud and considered by many to be this draft class's top cornerback. NFL.com draft expert Lance Zierlein gives him a grade of 6.47, meaning he believes he'd be a "good starter within two years".

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