The reigning Super Bowl champions have pick number 32 in the upcoming draft and will not select another player until day three of the NFL Draft. Many fans and draft experts are thinking the Eagles will trade back in order to get an extra pick or two, targeting 2nd and/or 3rd round picks in return. Barring a trade or surprise cut, there are currently 45 players estimated to have a guaranteed spot on the roster. That leaves eight available openings on the 53-man roster to compete for, and you can expect Howie Roseman to bring in as much competition as possible.
In the NFL draft, everyone picked in the first round has a fifth-year team option available. This is why you will often see teams trade into the last couple of picks in order to grab a certain player, especially quarterbacks. The chart to the left shows that pick #32 is worth an estimated 590 points. At that price, the Eagles could feasibly get a mid-second and third-round pick in exchange for their first rounder.The question is, is it worth it to Howie Roseman and the Eagles?
There are typically two ways to draft and that is by selecting the “best player available” versus “drafting by need” at a particular position. At selection 32, players like Derrius Guice, Ronnie Harrison, and Leighton Vander Esch all have a chance to be there, which would all fill positions of need. If the Eagles are on the clock and all of their guys are gone, however, we could very well see them trade out of the first round to build picks they can use to make more selections.