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NFL Trade Rumors: Eagles turned down first round draft pick swap with Broncos

Here's an interesting after the fact report.

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According to Gil Brandt of, the Eagles had at least one offer for their pick at No. 20 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. Brandt reports that the Denver Broncos were interested in trading up from their first round selection at No. 28.

Of course, this trade didn't happen. The Eagles stayed at No. 20 and drafted USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor. But while Denver's exact offer to Philadelphia isn't known, there is a good way to figure it out.

The Broncos may have failed trading up with the Eagles but they did find a successful partner in the Detroit Lions at No. 23. As a side note, it was reported the Lions were targeting Agholor with their first round pick. So with the USC wide receiver off the board to Philadelphia, Detroit was more willing to move down.

The Lions received the following bounty from Denver to move down five spots: No. 28 overall pick, a fifth-round pick (No. 143), a 2016 fifth round pick, and 32-year-old offensive lineman Manny Ramirez. No, not the baseball player.

According to the draft value chart, the Lions gave up 760 points in exchange for about 730 points plus Ramirez. Detroit ended up drafting Duke guard Laken Tomlinson at No. 28 while the Broncos nabbed Missouri pass rusher Shane Ray at No. 23.

If the Broncos wanted to move up from No. 28 to No. 20, they would have had to come up with about 850 points, or 90 more than the Lions' original pick was worth. An early third round pick is worth about that much.

It remains to be seen what the Broncos actually offered. Whatever it was, it clearly wasn't enough for Philadelphia to miss out on Agholor and move down eight spots.

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