What the Eagles should do with their first round pick
The NFL draft is a little over a month away and the Eagles have the 32nd pick in the first round. With no picks on day two of the NFL draft, the Eagles need to go into the first round with a good game plan. There are a number of things they can do, but if they are to go any route, here is the one they should take.
The Eagles are in a great position because their roster does not have too many needs. So far at the NFL combine, the Eagles are interviewing a lot of running backs and offensive tackles. In his pre-combine interview, Eagles GM Howie Roseman noted that both draft classes have great depth at both of those positions, as well as at safety and tight end.
In the same interview, Roseman also alluded to the notion that if the Eagles think there is a gamechanger at 32 they will take him no matter the position. If there is not that player, they will look into trading back. And with that being said, that is exactly what the Eagles should do.
The Eagles only have four draft picks in this years’ draft, yes they do not have any immediate needs, they will be losing a couple of key contributors in their Super Bowl run. Instead of adding back their depth in free agency, the Eagles can do it through the draft, which gives them the opportunity to add and develop their own players.
Last season, the Green Bay Packers (29th pick) and the Seattle Seahawks (31st pick) both traded down at the end of the first round and received a 2nd and 4th round pick as compensation. If their guy is gone at 32 and they have the same evaluations on the remaining prospects, that is a move the team can make, which gives them an extra pick in the draft.
If the Eagles go into the draft with their current draft capital, this is the move they should really think about doing. There is a chance they move quarterback Nick Foles and defensive end Vinny Curry before the draft. The Eagles do have a couple of positions they can upgrade and add depth, but for the most part, those positions can be addressed on day two. The Eagles have a couple of options on draft day, but in my opinion, this is the one they should take.