The Philadelphia Eagles have already pulled off one blockbuster trade leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft, moving the sixth pick to the Miami Dolphins for the 12th selection and a future first-round pick. This gives embattled general manager Howie Roseman some flexibility as it relates to moving up and down the board.
Recently, reports indicate that Philadelphia is looking to potentially get back into the top 10 should the board play out to their liking. The idea would be to add either a star wide receiver for Jalen Hurts or upgrade on defense.
Then again, the Eagles are not naming Hurts their starting quarterback after trading Carson Wentz. This fits in with suggestions that Philadelphia could shock everyone and trade up for a quarterback. Below, we look at three Philadelphia Eagles trade scenarios for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Philadelphia Eagles trade up for Justin Fields
Let’s say that Trey Lance or Mac Jones is the San Francisco 49ers’ pick at three. There’s a chance that could lead to Justin Fields dropping down the board. A recent revelation that Fields is dealing with a potentially serious health condition might play into that narrative, too.
If he were to fall, the Eagles would then have to make a decision. Trading up with the Detroit Lions at seven or Carolina Panthers at eight might make sense. For the sake of clarity, let’s look at what a potential deal with the Panthers might look like.
- Philadelphia Eagles get: Eighth pick
- Carolina Panthers get: Zach Ertz, 12th pick, 2021 second-round pick 2022 third-round pick
Under this scenario, the Eagles would still retain the 2022 first-round pick they acquired in the aforementioned trade with the Miami Dolphins. That’s no small thing. In return, Carolina nabs a Pro Bowl tight end for recently-acquired quarterback Sam Darnold while picking up two additional picks. The Panthers could then go wide receiver at 12. The only question here is what this would mean for Hurts. Perhaps, the Eagles attempt to trade him later in the draft.
Philadelphia Eagles trade back, add more draft capital
If the top-three wide receivers in the class, Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle slide down the board come draft time, Philadelphia might think long and hard about a trade down. That’s especially true if someone like quarterback Mac Jones is available. Teams would love to move up to the 12th pick for the former Alabama standout.
Among those potentially looking to move up, the Washington Football Team (19th) and Chicago Bears (20) could make sense. A move of this ilk could still potentially net Philadelphia the aforementioned Devonta Smith after his weigh-in created pause around the league. Here’ show a potential trade with the Bears might look.
- Philadelphia Eagles get: 20th pick, future first-round pick
- Chicago Bears get: 12th pick
This might seem like a mighty high price for Chicago to pay. With that said, embattled head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace are in desperation mode. It would not be a surprise if the Eagles looked to take advantage of that.
Philadelphia Eagles make a move for a wide receiver
If we were to ask the common Eagles fan, a trade-up scenario would include the team acquiring generational tight end prospect Kyle Pitts. Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that the former Florida star is going to make it out of the top five. In fact, he could go as high as No. 4 overall to the Atlanta Falcons. If not, the Miami Dolphins make perfect sense at six.
What does this mean? A scenario exists that includes Philadelphia being able to land former LSU star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase in a trade up with the Detroit Lions at seven. Said move would include the Eagles dealing away their second-round pick in 2021, a future second or third-round selection and tight end Zach Ertz. Stranger things have indeed happened.