Philadelphia Eagles trade rumors suggest the team is willing to deal its first-round draft pick. These Eagles trade rumors address the No. 8 selection that the team holds in the 2016 NFL Draft. A report from CBS Sports on Friday, April 8, states that the team has interest in drafting quarterback Carson Wentz, but that the cost may steer the Eagles in a new direction. With Sam Bradford already under contract, an Eagles trade could soon come to net the team more picks in the draft.
NFL analyst Jason La Canfora doesn’t link a specific team to these Philadelphia Eagles trade rumors, but he does suggest that fans “follow the money.” The Eagles signed Bradford to be the starting quarterback, gave money to Chase Daniel as the backup quarterback, and decided to re-sign Vinny Curry and Zach Ertz. This would seem to signify that the Eagles are playing to win in the 2016 NFL season and that the team would want to add additional pieces to compete immediately. That might seem to rule out drafting Carson Wentz and developing him over time.
A previous report from CBS Sports discussed the needs that the Philadelphia Eagles need to address during the 2016 NFL Draft. At the top of that list was help on the offensive line, at defensive end (specifically an edge rusher), and at the cornerback position. Those are big gaps that the team has to address on both offense and defense, showing that Wentz might not come close to being a player that the Eagles should draft at this time. Rather than being a team just a quarterback away from contending, the Eagles have quite a few holes to address.
The Eagles did pick up Brandon Brooks to start at right guard for the 2016 NFL season, so the team has partially fixed the offensive line already. What they now need is someone who can start at right guard and possibly a long-term replacement for Jason Peters at left tackle. With some really good offensive line prospects available later in the first-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, this helps give credence to these latest Philadelphia Eagles trade rumors. With that in mind, there are certainly a few teams that might want to move up the draft board.
Simply taking a look at the updated 2016 NFL Draft order, it’s easy to predict that the Denver Broncos might want to move up in the draft. The Broncos still don’t have a long-term option at quarterback and heading into the 2016 NFL season with Mark Sanchez behind center won’t excite fans very much. Moving up from the No. 31 selection to No. 8 overall would cost a lot, though, including a potential future first-round pick as well. It could be a cost prohibitive move, unless the front office sees a quarterback like Carson Wentz that they don’t want to miss out on.
There is also a lot of value for that No. 8 pick if a team selecting later in the first-round fears that the player at the top of their draft board might get selected before they are on the clock. Moving up a few spots could have a lot of value in that regard. An example could be if Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner or Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conlin are still on the board when the Eagles are selecting. Those are two players that many teams are interested in drafting, which could give the Eagles a number of suitors willing to pay a lot for that No. 8 selection.
While there aren’t any teams getting directly linked to the Philadelphia Eagles trade rumors at this time, there are no shortage of franchises that need to add better talent than will be available later in the first-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. While it might help the Eagles to just hold that pick, adding several picks to address more than one need could be the way to go for the new general manager.
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