With the 1st-round of the 2019 NFL Draft just 16 days away, there are plenty of different ways the Eagles could approach this year's selections.
In an article today, ESPN's Dan Graziano ranked the teams most likely to make trades during the draft. Graziano believes that the Eagles are one team that is likely to trade up to get a player they want. Here's what he had to say:
"Philly is another win-now team looking for instant-impact players, but the speculation around the league is that the Eagles would look to move up from No. 25 if an offensive tackle they like starts to tumble.
Jason Peters is 37, and the Eagles can't afford to get caught short on the offensive line anytime soon. The Titans are picking 19th and have just six picks in the draft, and the Seahawks are picking 21st and have a draft-low four picks. Those are a couple of spots where a team like Philly could make a deal with a team looking to add another pick."
Even though it is definitely possible for them to trade up, I think the Eagles are more inclined to trade down, especially if the draft doesn't develop the way they'd hope. With Carson Wentz getting his mega-contract in the very near future, the Eagles will not have the privilege of spending tons of money in upcoming free agencys. Instead, they will need to rely on drafting players and keep them on their cheap rookie deals for a few years before they end up eventually leaving in free agency for a bigger payday elsewhere.
I don't believe the Eagles would trade up for an offensive lineman. I think they would trade up for a budding superstar like DT Ed Oliver if he starts to fall a bit, or potentially a star safety like Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Nasir Adderley, or Deionte Thompson.
The Eagles will have plenty of routes to choose from on April 25th. At the end of the day, they can either trade up like ESPN is suggesting, trade back like I'm suggesting, or stay put. We'll just have to play the waiting game to find out what Howie Roseman decides.