It was a long wait from the start of the first round to the Eagles pick at No. 32, and then we learned that the team did what was long expected, traded back with the Baltimore Ravens — who made the jump to claim QB Lamar Jackson.
The Ravens took picks No. 32 and 132 from the Eagles, in exchange for Nos. 52 and 129 in this year’s draft, and a second-rounder in 2019.
Heading into the draft weekend, Philly didn’t have any Day 2 picks, and now they do. The team already had five picks on Saturday, so these extra two later-round slots could give them some wiggle room to make more trades before the end of the weekend.
Howie spoke after Round 1 wrapped up, about the team’s needs and plans heading into the weekend. The biggest takeaway, was that the team still really liked the options available at 32, and didn’t go into the night expecting to make a trade.
“For the way we’re trying to build, it was important to get some more resources moving forward.”
Roseman also mentioned collecting picks for next year’s draft being a priority for the team too. The Ravens’ offer wasn’t the only offer the team received either, but Howie talked about weighing the different possibilities and ultimately made the trade with Baltimore.
Howie: We were expecting to pick at 32 and we saw some guys we liked ... we wouldn’t have traded out just to trade out— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) April 27, 2018
Howie on picks: We’re not ticking down the value because it’s a year later, a second round pick is a second round pick.— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) April 27, 2018
That’s Howie Roseman confirming there were no top 10 players on their board left at 32. Cant believe he’s revealing draft strategy! Burn down Nova Care— BleedingGreenNation (@BleedingGreen) April 27, 2018