According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles have traded this year’s sixth overall pick to the Dolphin for the 12th overall pick and a 2022 first-round pick.
Additionally, the teams also swapped mid-round picks. The Eagles will get the 123rd pick (fourth-round), and the Dolphins will receive the 156th pick (fifth-round).
Here’s an updated look at the team’s draft picks:
- 1st Round, 12th Overall (from MIA via SF)
- 2nd Round, 37th Overall
- 3rd Round, 70th Overall
- 3rd Round, 84th Overall (via IND)
- 4th Round, 123rd Overall (via MIA)
- 5th Round, 150th Overall
- 6th Round, 189th Overall
- 6th Round, 224th Overall (Comp)
- 6th Round, 225th Overall (Comp)
- 7th Round, 234th Overall
- 7th Round, 240th Overall (via SF)
It’s a move that has major ramifications. While the Birds will (for now) be out of the race for some of this draft’s top-10 prospects (at positions the Eagles are severely weak at), they’ll also be setting themselves up for some major draft hauls in the future.
The Eagles Could Be Loaded With Assets In 2022
The Eagles could potentially have three first-round picks in 2022: their own, the Dolphin’s pick, and the Indianapolis Colts’ second-rounder that has the ability to turn into a first if the requirements are met. That’s a huge get.
For a team that has holes all over the place, it’s good that they’re putting themselves in a position to bring in a boatload of young talent over the next few years.
The only problem is that they actually need to hit on those draft picks, which for Howie Roseman, is much harder than it looks: since 2014, the Eagles have only drafted one Pro-Bowler (Carson Wentz).
The Price Is Potentially Missing Out On Game-Changing Prospects
The downside to this trade is that the Eagles will be missing out on a number of draft prospects that could be future stars. These include tight end Kyle Pitts, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, and wide receiver Devonta Smith.
It no doubt hurts to see a team that has struggled to find a true number one receiver turn away from having players with such high ceilings. It’s much harder to miss on prospects that high in the draft, and the Eagles need sure-fire players more than ever.
Only time will tell if this move pays off for the Eagles, or if it sets them back more than it pushes them forward.
Were The Eagles Looking To Draft Zach Wils0n At #3?
At one point, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted out that the Eagles had shown interest in trading up to the third overall pick for quarterback Zach Wilson. Rapoport later revised his reporting and said that while the team felt that Wilson was a strong prospect, trading back was the right move.
While trading back does probably put them out of range of the top-four quarterbacks in this draft, the feeling is that the Eagles still aren’t fully commitment to Hurts.
Additionally, the team is certainly doing no favors to Hurts by not drafting him the potential top-tier weapons he needs to be successful.
While it’s not the complete opposite of what Jeffrey Lurie supposedly wanted to do, which was to build the team around the Oklahoma product, it’s not exactly fulfilling that wish either. It seems Hurts will simply have to do with Jalen Reagor, Travis Fulgham, and the rest of the current receiving core in 2021.