The New Orleans Saints’ collapse on Monday night was bound to be a thing of beauty for Philadelphia Eagles fans.
Thanks to a pre-draft trade last year, the Eagles are the owners of the Saints’ 2023 first-round pick. Each loss to New Orleans pushes Philadelphia higher and higher in the draft board.
This puts the Eagles in the unique position of having the best record in the league while still having a chance to land one of the top picks in the next draft class.
Starting Tuesday, this Saints pick would be one of the top five selections (No. 5 overall) in the 2023 draft and give the Eagles countless options to add to what is already a legitimate contender in the Super Bowl. Especially if there’s a quarterback run (a position the Eagles don’t need) ahead of them.
If the Saints continue to lose, it could put the Eagles in a position where they could add someone like defensive tackle Jalen Carter (a college teammate of 2022 first-round pick Jordan Davis), an elite rusher like Myles Murphy or Tyree Wilson or maybe even a cornerback like Kelee Ringo. They have a chance not only to win the Super Bowl, but also to add a franchise player the following offseason.
It’s all a reminder of just how much the Eagles and general manager Howie Roseman dominated the 2022 draft.
The Eagles were armed with multiple first-round picks and used multiple trades to turn those picks into AJ Brown (in a trade to the Tennessee Titans), Davis and a 2023 pick who’s almost guaranteed to be in the top 10. and maybe even in the top five. It would have been difficult to extract the movement value from these choices.
Brown’s trade was brought back to the fore last week when he torched his former team in a blowout Eagles win on Sunday. It might not be a coincidence that just two days later the Titans fired the general manager who made the trade.
But it’s this choice of the Saints that’s really intriguing now. Especially with their remaining schedule.
The Saints have lost four of their last five games (the lone win being over an injury-decimated and collapsing Rams team) and there are still games left against Atlanta, Cleveland and Philadelphia. Despite their poor records, the Browns and Falcons still have slim playoff hopes and will have something to play for, while the Eagles can still improve that draft position on the Saints’ pick by beating them on New Year’s Day. in Philadelphia.