History Says Eagles Could Be Active in NFL Draft Night Trades
The NFL Draft is one of the most exciting days of the year for football fans. While it's fun to see which college athletes will be drafted to which teams, trades can add on to the unpredictable nature of the event.
Sometimes a team will target a player that they really want, so they'll trade up to get them. Other times, teams might move back from a high pick to acquire more draft capital and players.
There's a good chance that the Philadelphia Eagles could wind up making a deal or two at the 2021 NFL Draft this month. History has shown that the organization is often active at the draft, having made 61 draft day deals since 2000. That's the second-most in the league during that time frame, trailing only Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots with 82.
The Eagles were slated to have the No. 6 in the draft this month, but they traded it and a fifth-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for No. 12, No. 123 and a 2022 first-round pick towards the end of March. With a few quarterback-hungry teams drafting after the Eagles, it's possible that they could sell off the 12th overall pick to the highest bidder, especially if one of the top-four quarterbacks falls.
Some of the team's previous draft day trades wound up with them drafting DeSean Jackson in 2008 and Jeremy Maclin in 2009. Ironically enough, the Eagles need wide receiving depth again this draft, so it could be possible that they make another deal to select another pass-catcher.
Nobody knows for sure what the Eagles will do at the 2021 NFL Draft, however, one thing is for certain: the team's prior activity at the event will have fans wondering if they'll be able to pull off another draft day deal.
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