The Philadelphia Eagles have been very aggressive this offseason, trading away Demarco Murray for a second round pick to the Tennessee Titans, then Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, and their 13th overall in the 2016 draft for the 8th overall to the Miami Dolphins. Finally, trading for the second overall from the Cleveland Browns represented a king's ransom. The Philadelphia Eagles traded their 8th overall, 3rd, and 4th round picks in this years draft, as well as their 2017 first-rounder and 2018 second-rounder, for the 2nd overall pick and a conditional 4th from the Cleveland Browns.
It is a big trade for the Philadelphia Eagles. Here are some of the possibilities for the Philadelphia Eagles to draft at second overall:
Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State University: I consider Ramsey the best defensive player in the draft due to his versatility in coverage and ability to tackle. Defense wins championships. This pick is unlikely though, as the Philadelphia Eagles need offense badly.
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: Wentz is a small school product but can he make it big in the NFL with his big body and well maintained composure as a QB. It will be an interesting situation for Wentz, who could make it as a day one starter, but with the amount that Sam Bradford is paid at he might not start. However, we all know the track record of Bradford’s health and will see Wentz on the field at some point in the season.
Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State: A lot of mocks have Elliot going to the Eagles at 8th overall before the trade, but maybe coach Doug Pederson is really into Elliot and had to grab him. Elliot is a shifty runner like Shady Mccoy, who sadly was traded away during the Chip Kelly era. Elliot can make an immediate impact on any team.
Jared Goff, QB, California: Goff is considered the most pro ready QB in the draft. If the Rams do not select Goff, they will go with Carson Wentz. The Philadelphia Eagles need a franchise player offensively and Goff could be that face. Goff is highly accurate and could help the Eagles wideout core to become more efficient. He may sit behind Bradford like Wentz.
Of course, all of this is entirely speculation. The Cleveland Browns may have done a trade that helps them in the long run. With this bounty of picks that the Philadelphia Eagles have sent to the Cleveland Browns they can build a team in Hue Jackson’s image. They have twelve picks in this draft and two 3rd rounders this year, then an extra 1st and 2nd next years draft. Maybe the Philadelphia Eagles traded away too much for their franchise’s future. But the Cleveland Browns seem to have built themselves the possibility to finally change the direction of the organization.
I believe that the Cleveland Browns are the winners in this trade long term. What do you think? Respond in the comments below.