By Roxaan Herrera // @rxnlzbth
For the first time in a long time, I went into the NFL Draft with a clear mind. I was excited to see where these young men would end up without the worry of another team picking up a player the Eagles wanted. I had zero problems with being the 32nd pick because that was yet another reminder that the Philadelphia Eagles were the Super Bowl Champions. Okay, okay. Enough bragging.
After a long wait, Eagles fans learned that the 32nd draft pick was traded to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for two picks this year (numbers 52 and 129) and a 2nd round pick for 2019. This gives the Eagles a 2nd round pick for this draft which they previously didn’t have.
General Manager Howie Roseman explained later that night on why he passed up the 32nd pick: “For the way we’re trying to build, it was important to get some more resources moving forward.” It’s obvious Roseman and Co. are thinking more long term with this team. He also noted that the Ravens’ offer wasn’t the only one of the night but after weighing out the options he decided this choice would be the better outcome he intends for the Eagles. And who knows, maybe he can use these picks as leverage for more trades for the final rounds.
Let’s be honest, other than maybe a corner, Philly isn’t desperate for many positions. Do they need fill-ins? Of course. But it isn’t like previous years where draft picks were essential to winning the Super Bowl, because the team that we have built around quarterback Carson Wentz is pretty much solid. Are there things to improve on? Always. But at least the foundation is set.
Roseman goes on to further explain how he came to the decision to trade and how the picks for 2019 NFL draft are also important:
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 27, 2018
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