Before you know it, the 2018 NFL Draft will be upon us.
The Eagles will gloriously be announced as this year’s Super Bowl champions from the scene of the draft in the enemy territory of Dallas, Texas. (It’s really in Arlington, but whatever.)
So where exactly will the Eagles be picking this year? The NFL answered that question by releasing the official draft order earlier this month. I’ve been holding off on posting it because I felt like the Eagles might make a trade or two involving picks. With Howie Roseman around, you can never rule it out.
For now, here’s a look at where the Eagles are currently projected to pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Starting with the first round pick reserved for the champions of the world ...
1st - 32nd in the round, 32nd overall
4th - 30th in the round, 130th overall (from Minnesota Vikings)
4th - 32nd in the round, 132nd overall
5th - 32nd in the round, 169th overall
6th - 32nd in the round, 206th overall
7th - 32nd in the round, 250th overall
The Eagles are missing their 2018 second-round pick due to the Carson Wentz trade with the Cleveland Browns in 2016. They’re missing their third-round pick due to the Ronald Darby trade with the Buffalo Bills last summer. I’d be surprised if Howie Roseman doesn’t find a way to somehow get a Day 2 pick this year.
The Eagles received Minnesota’s fourth-round pick from the Sam Bradford trade in 2016. They also received a 2017 first-round selection, which turned out to be Derek Barnett. Barnett strip-sacked then-Vikings quarterback Case Keenum in the NFC Championship Game, in case you missed that. I can’t believe the Eagles are still cashing in on the Bradford trade.
The Eagles ended up receiving No. 131 for sending Eric Rowe to the New England Patriots. Philadelphia then sent that pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for Jay Ajayi.
The Eagles traded Matt Tobin and their 2018 seventh-round pick to the Seahawks for Seattle’s fifth-round pick back in August. But then the Eagles traded Marcus Johnson and the Seahawks’ fifth back to Seattle in exchange for Michael Bennett and Philadelphia’s original seventh-round pick. So, Howie Roseman turned Tobin and Johnson into Bennett. Not bad.
Here’s a look ahead to the picks the Eagles currently own in the 2019 NFL Draft.
7th - (from the Denver Broncos; conditional)
The conditional pick from the Broncos stems from the Allen Barbre trade that took place early in training camp last year. The conditions on the deal are unclear. Given that Barbre started four games and played in all 16, I think there’s a decent chance the Eagles will get that pick.
Keep in mind the Eagles are currently projected to receive two compensatory picks: one in the fourth and one in the sixth. I’m not including them in the projection above because they’re not officially confirmed.
Another thing to note about the 2019 draft is that it’s the first year the Eagles won’t owe a pick to the Browns via the Wentz trade. So much for “mortgaging the future”!