James Bradberry trade highlights a list of Eagles best-case NFL Draft scenarios

Well, we can dream can't we? We present, for your reading pleasure, a list of best-case NFL Draft scenarios.
James Bradberry, Philadelphia Eagles
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The joys of media and content creation... There's nothing like it... Every day we wake up with another opportunity to do what others wish they could. We talk about the Philadelphia Eagles and still keep the bills paid.

It's a responsibility that comes with its challenges. Truthfully, sometimes, we don't feel like talking or writing. Then, we remember that few have it better than us and we're fortunate. Life is about balance though, and you can't have the positives without the negatives.

Sometimes, we receive anonymous threats on X. That's okay though. We understand the angst, and most of these people would never disrespect you if standing in front of them.

What does that have to do with anything tangible you ask? It's simple... We realize we're communicating with a rabid (and sometimes unstable) fan base. Part of the job is making predictions and being wrong. It's like we're weathermen to some degree. Who else has the power to miss the mark so often?

It doesn't matter how many times we get it wrong. We get to show up to work and make bolder predictions. Why? That's the fun part, navigating the unpredictable nature of competitive sports. What's that saying? If your dreams seem attainable, you aren't dreaming big enough.

So, here we go again... We share our thoughts on best-case scenarios ahead of another draft.

Here are a handful of best-case NFL Draft scenarios that come to mind as the Eagles look to add another stellar class.

The NFL has a way of waking up the prognosticator in all of us. If we aren't drawing up mock drafts or writing Ws and Ls next to every game on the regular-season schedule, we're guessing the point total two teams will produce while playing one another and wagering the total on sportsbooks.

The NFL Draft is here... Perhaps you've heard? We're here, in part, to make guesses about things we think would be cool to witness.

Who knows? Maybe we'll prove to be prophetic and, by the end of this week, these will have turned out to be bold predictions that hit the bullseye rather than wild theories we missed on.

Hey... That's what the NFL Draft is about, right? Okay, we've rambled enough. Here are a handful of about ten ideas we could mention as draft-day best-case scenarios.

Philly trades up and is only asked to give up future and late-round draft capital (and, maybe a player or two).

Rumor has it that Howie Roseman is working the phones in hopes that he can trade up from the 22nd overall selection. No one would be shocked if he did so.

We just have two questions. Which prospects are worth the gamble? What would Philly have to give up to land them?

Howie excels at this stuff. If anyone can climb the draft board without sacrificing his team's future, it's Philadelphia's GM. It may seem like it would be impossible for Roseman to do so, but no one makes shrewd moves while winning the trade as often as this guy. Don't be shocked if another magic trick is performed.

Howie Roseman again impresses us by shipping James Bradberry off as part of a favorable trade package.

James Bradberry is expensive... James Bradberry is old and regressing... While some have expressed interest in seeing Philly move on from the 2022 Second-Team All-Pro, these are the reasons we assume they can't.

Hold on! Hope springs eternal.

If you have watched pro football long enough, you have learned something. There's always the opportunity to pawn guys off on someone. Teams are desperate. Coaches ALWAYS believe they can squeeze something out of a guy that the last staff couldn't. Remember when you said no one would want Nelson Agholor or Mack Hollins?

There's regression, and there's the football equivalent of falling off of a cliff. Last season, James Bradberry did the latter. Truth be told, however, he still has value. He's one of the best zone corners in football.

Philly can get something for James in a trade, and landing a young corner in the NFL Draft may fuel their desire to try. They may not get what they want but make no mistake. They'll be able to get something.

Philly lands Patrick Surtain II in the 11th hour.

On August 11, 2017, the Philadelphia Eagles traded Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for Ronald Darby. On July 25, 2021, they agreed to terms with Steven Nelson on a one-year deal. What's the point? This team tends to add to its secondary AFTER the NFL Draft. Remember... James Bradberry wasn't acquired until May 18, 2022.

Acquisitions by trade can never be ruled out at draft time. Think about A.J. Brown and D;Andre Swift. While those are two offensive additions, the point doesn't die. Landing Patrick Surtain in the 11th hour is certainly a reasonable request.

Eagles trade back out of Round 2 to add more draft picks (including a third-rounder).

If nothing changes between now and Round 1 (or during the two days that follow), the Eagles are scheduled to make eight selections. Something tells us that Howie Roseman won't sit still and wait on his turn. He has never conducted business that way.

Three of the first 53 selections in Round 1 and Round 2 belong to Philly. They don't own any selections on Round 3. While most would be fine with staying put in Round 2 at the 50th and 53rd overall selection, trading back to Round 3 is definitely a sound strategy if there are buyers and the price is right.

The Wildcard: The Saints or Browns, again, do something unwise.

We probably shouldn't say this, but sometimes, when we examine trades made by Howie Roseman and we look at what Philly acquired and gave up, we question why other GMs still talk to him. How does he always seem to get the best of everyone?

Oh well... We won't complain. We will, however, take this opportunity to bring up the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns. They have, at times, thrown Philly the alley-oop pass while doing themselves disservices. Sometimes, we have seen the results of such at draft time.

When you think of Donovan McNabb and Carson Wentz's impressive seasons, give thanks to the Cleveland Browns. When the Eagles are on the clock with the 50th overall selection come Friday, remember they are because THEY'RE STILL EATING OFF THE WENTZ TRADE.

Cleveland... We appreciate you. New Orleans.. We love you. Here's to the mistakes of the less fortunate. We wouldn't have any issues with Howie calling either franchise come draft time. Good things tend to happen when Philly does so,

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