Eagles were willing to wait for picks

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The Eagles won a Super Bowl by being bold, but at the end of the first round last night, they decided to punt and play field position.

The Eagles traded the final pick of the first round to the Ravens, who were eager to get quarterback Lamar Jackson. But the Eagles saw it as a chance to add future flexibility more than anything they can use now.

The Eagles sent the first and their fourth-rounder (132 overall) to the Ravens for a second (52) and a fourth (130) and a 2019 second-rounder. The alternative might have been another mid-round pick next year, but General Manager Howie Roseman is emboldened by that trophy they just won, so he was willing to wait.

The Eagles still have just six picks, including one tonight, that 52nd pick.

“Our balance was the short term vs. the long term on the trade offers,” Roseman said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “And we decided that it’s just too hard to get a second-round pick. When we look at the draft, the difference in value when you’re picking in the second round vs. even when you’re picking in the third round.

“It’s too good. It gives you a lot of flexibility. . . . We had a group of guys at 32 that we would have been really excited about picking. Will they be there at 52? I don’t know. But that helped us make the trade because we felt like there was a cluster of guys grouped together for us.”

The Ravens weren’t the only team to call, as the 32nd pick had extra value with the fifth-year option on the rookie contract that comes with the first round.

10 responses to “Eagles were willing to wait for picks

  1. Wish we would’ve took Connor Williams or Hernandez considering we got now 11 picks next year, however given the last few year Howie and the front office have been sublime. In Howie we trust!

  2. Wish we would’ve took Connor Williams or Hernandez considering we got now 11 picks next year, however given the last few year Howie and the front office have been sublime. In Howie we trust! Fly eagles fly

  3. Justin Reid at 52.

    Eagles received #125, not #130 (which they already owned)

  4. I wish the Eagles would’ve taken Guice. I think despite the pre-draft controversy that he is the 2nd best running back in this draft and would’ve been a nice replacement for Blount. Hope the Eagles can still get either a good RB or a good TE at number 52 but I have my doubts on that. But great to add an extra 2nd round pick next year so good deal by Howie!

  5. Howie knows the financial picture changes drastically in a couple years when Carson gets his payday. At that point, you don’t have the luxury of a d-line getting paid a collective 25 million a year. I wasn’t thrilled about the trade last night but it’s making more sense now.

  6. We can get a back next year, don’t get why everyone is still sleeping on clement Kid was solid all year every time he touched the ball not just the super bowl. Goedert was a great pickup at 52 we are going to terrorize linebackers with TE sets, can’t wait. Fly Eagles Fly = WORLDS CHAMPS BABY!

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