Philadelphia Eagles should trade down during the NFL Draft

In need of extra picks to help address their biggest issues, the Philadelphia Eagles should trade down from their current spot in the first round.

Oct 15, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Teez Tabor (31) walks onto the field before the game against the Missouri Tigers during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest areas of need for the Philadelphia Eagles as they move forward this offseason continues to be at the cornerback position. Guaranteed to have new starters at both the right and left cornerback slots this season, Philly has done little to ease the fears of many as they have failed to sign a sure fire starter for the position.

While this could be part of an elaborate plan, such a plan would likely require Philadelphia to draft at least one — and likely two — day one starters at cornerback. However, thanks to the depth of this year’s cornerback draft class, it is possible for the Eagles to accomplish this task. One way that the team could do this is by trading down from their current 14th overall selection to gain for draft picks.


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Given that most of the first round quality cornerbacks in this year’s draft will be taken after the end of the first round, Philadelphia could gain themselves and extra pick or two later in the draft while also putting themselves in a better position to draft a cornerback. Doing so would still give the team a shot at getting great value for their pick and a day one starter in as low as the third round.

Players such as Tre’Davious White, Quincy Wilson, and Teez Tabor will all likely be available on day two right now. Selecting one of these three players at the end of the first round would not be much of a reach while the team would also gain a day three selection to go along with this move down in the draft.

While the three players mentioned may not be the most talented in this draft class, they are players that can be day one starters going forward. Add to this that these players would address the Eagles biggest need at this stage and you have a winner for the Eagles. The biggest obstacle to such a trade though could be the fact that this year’s draft is being held in Philadelphia.

Moving down on draft day in front of your home fans would not be a popular move. While it would likely be the right one, it remains to be seen if the Eagles front office will choose the easier, popular move over the unpopular but correct one.

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