Here’s a look at some of the positives and negatives of the trade.
- The Eagles filled a need by acquiring a defensive tackle
- The Eagles didn’t lose a draft pick entirely
- Jernigan might be an upgrade on Bennie Logan and he’s also younger (24 to 27)
- Given his age, Jernigan could be a long-term solution for Philadelphia
- Jernigan improves the Eagles’ pass rush; he has 13 sacks in 43 games played
- The Eagles don’t have to force a pick on defensive tackle
- Jernigan is playing on the last year of his rookie deal
- Moving 25 spots down in the third round isn’t insignificant
- Jernigan had a slow finish to the 2016 season (no sacks in last seven games) and fell out of favor with the coaching staff
- Jernigan is coming from a 3-4 system and the Eagles play a 4-3
- Defensive tackle is still a long-term need if he can’t be retained
Personally, I think this is a pretty good deal. The trade carries some risk since the Eagles jumped down a significant amount in the third, but Jernigan is a talented player. Defensive tackle was a big need with Bennie gone and Jernigan might actually be an improvement. It’s fun to think about him and Fletcher Cox creating havoc on the interior next season. The hope is he can be re-signed as a long-term piece next offseason, but at the very least he gives the Eagles a good player this season.