McMullen: Trading Out Was Easy Decision for Roseman
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - There were some options available for the Eagles at No. 32 overall on Thursday night but trading out was a pretty easy decision for Howie Roseman.
Roseman ultimately shipped the last pick in the first round, along with one of his fourth-round picks (No. 132), for the Baltimore Ravens’ second-round pick this year (No. 52), a fourth-round pick this year (No. 125) and a second-round pick in next year’s draft. The Ravens then selected the heir apparent to Joe Flacco in Lamar Jackson, securing the fifth-year option as well, the all-important difference between the first- and second-round distinction.
From an urgency standpoint, the deal doesn't look all that great for the Eagles, who slid down 20 spots at the top of the draft and moved up seven rungs of the ladder in the fourth round, a net loss on paper. However, the main piece of this deal is a significant one, the future second-round selection in 2019.
“There are not many times you get an opportunity to move back in the draft and get a second-round pick, so for us, we thought it was the right value,” Roseman explained.
Most NFL scouts had the true first-round talents in this draft at 20 to 23 and from there things were similar to about 50 or so, leaving it likely that the Eagles will be able to get a similar talent on Friday at a more cost-effective rate, important for a team that will be dealing with cap issues for the foreseeable future.
“We felt what we were going to get at 32 was going to be a strength tomorrow as well,” Roseman said.
What they were going to get at 32 was a running back (perhaps Derrius Guice or Ronald Jones), maybe an offensive tackle (Connor Williams). or a receiver (Courtland Sutton or Christian Kirk). Defensively the likely options were edge rusher Harold Landry or safeties like Ronnie Harrison and Justin Reid.
“There were some guys we really liked on the board,” Roseman admitted.
One of them who may have changed the thinking was Georgia RB Sony Michel, who was swiped by New England at No. 31 right before Philadelphia got its first turn.
Common sense says the further you fall in the draft, the tougher it becomes and Roseman likely wouldn't have been as confident making this type of move if the Eagles' roster wasn't so deep.
All of those aforementioned possibilities would be considered luxuries on Philadelphia's roster right now so the cost-benefit analysis here of the extra second-round pick down the line when further salary issues mount becomes a little more intoxicating.
“We did not come into tonight thinking we were going to trade out," Roseman said.
Yeah, you did Howie and you made the right decision.
"I think we had a pretty good sense of what was going to be there at 32," Roseman admitted. "There's always guys when you get into the twenties that you're kind of crossing your fingers and hoping fall to 32. But I don't think hope is a great strategy."
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen