Here’s a look at the exact picks the Eagles gave up, per my BGN Radio co-host and PhillyVoice writer Jimmy Kempski:
3 - Eagles’ own pick - No. 85 overall — SENT TO LIONS
5 - Eagles’ own pick - No. 166 overall — SENT TO LIONS
The Eagles do still have eight picks in total after trading for Slay. Here’s a look:
1 - Eagles’ own pick - No. 21 overall
2 - Eagles’ own pick - No. 53 overall
3 - Compensatory pick - No 103 overall
4 - Eagles’ own pick - No. 127 overall
4 - Compensatory pick - No. 145 overall
4 - Compensatory pick - No. 146 overall
5 - Acquired from the New England Patriots - No. 168 overall
6 - Acquired from the Atlanta Falcons - No. 190 overall
On the bright side, that’s still a decent amount of ammo for the Eagles to work with.
On the downside, the Eagles now aren’t as flexible when it comes to potentially trading up for a top receiver in this year’s draft.
Another thing to consider is that Howie Roseman talked about the Eagles needing to get younger. Philly sorely lacks young talent after only making 10 picks the last two years, the fewest in the NFL. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie also talked about how the Eagles need to “draft in volume” since no team can truly beat the NFL Draft.
And, yet, here the Eagles are giving up two selections for a 29-year-old cornerback and then making him the highest paid player at his position in the league.