ESPN: Eagles Get an A+ for Blockbuster Trade with Saints
The Eagles trade with the New Orleans Saints on Monday was getting plenty of reaction on social media, with many Eagles observers and fans giving Howie Roseman positive reviews for the deal.
The teams swapped a plethora of draft picks, with the Eagles sending two first-round picks in this years draft (16, 19) to New Orleans in exchange for pick No 18 and a first-round pick next year, among other selections.
In all, eight different picks are moving over a three-year span.
Philadelphia Eagles get: 2022 first-round pick (No. 18), 2022 third-round pick (No. 101), 2022 seventh-round pick (No. 237), 2023 first-round pick, 2024 second-round pick
New Orleans Saints get: Two 2022 first-round picks (Nos. 16 and 19), 2022 sixth-round pick (No. 194)
Over at ESPN.com their team of insiders graded the trade for both teams, with NFL draft analyst Matt Miller giving the Eagles an A+ for their move.
With this move, they remain in good position to draft an impact prospect now but also have two first-rounders for 2023 should they want to address the quarterback position.
At pick Nos. 15 and 18 overall, Philadelphia will be able to address wide receiver (Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave), defensive end (Jermaine Johnson II) or linebacker (Devin Lloyd, Nakobe Dean) with high-level prospects. Perhaps most importantly, the team is loaded, with two first-rounders in 2023 and two second-rounders in 2024 should Jalen Hurts not establish himself as the long-term quarterback. The Eagles now have the capital to go after a prospect such as Bryce Young (Alabama) or C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) next year -- if Hurts struggles.
The move is a home run for the Eagles, because it gives them the ability to still add to impact players with picks 15 and 18, add they add an extra third-round pick, which can provide them with another depth player, potentially at a position like linebacker or safety, where they are less inclined to select with a first-round pick.
The move puts the Eagles in much better position to take a look at a quarterback in next years draft class, which is considered a stronger QB class. This deal almost solidifies that the Eagles value Jalen Hurts more than the QBs in this years class and the fact that Hurts will be the starting QB this season, giving the Eagles another full year of evaluation.
As former Eagles Joe Banner points out, the Eagles made out well in the deal, and will be putting Hurts on notice.
As for the Saints, Miller gives them a B for their move, which gets them an extra first-round pick this season.
For the Saints, while there will be talk about moving up for a quarterback, this allows them to jump offensive tackle-needy teams such as the Chargers to acquire one at No. 16, and they still have flexibility at No. 19 to get a wide receiver opposite Michael Thomas.
This trade has been well received all over the NFL in favor of the Eagles, with most people thinking the Saints gave up too much to gain the extra pick.