Exploring some trade-up options – NBC Sports Philadelphia

A little over two weeks into the 2024 NFL Draft and the mock draft cycle is heating up even more.

Given Howie Roseman’s propensity to move around the selection committee, it shouldn’t be surprising to see mock drafts that include trades to the Eagles. Here’s the latest version of the internet to see some options for the Eagles:

Chad Reuters,

15. Trade to Seahawks: Graham Barton, C, Duke

What they said: If the Raiders and Saints get past Barton, then the Eagles could move up to get a leader on the offensive line. His athleticism, toughness and football IQ could allow him to step in at multiple spots, likely in combination with Cam Jurgens and Landon Dickerson inside. Despite his lack of length (32 7/8 inch arm), his play at left tackle over the last three years shows he can break out if injuries hit that part of the depth chart.

My opinion on the choice: I don’t like the idea of ​​trading for an interior offensive lineman, especially from 22 to 15, which is a pretty big jump. Hell, I’m not even sure I like the idea of ​​drafting an interior offensive lineman in the first round unless he’s a can’t-miss type of player. To me, there are much more interesting trade prospects in this year’s class, even on the offensive line. This is a very good crop of offensive tackles and I would rather have a tackle who can play inside than an interior lineman who might have the ability to play outside. The interesting thing about Barton is that he played left tackle at Duke, but is expected to play center and played that position at the Senior Bowl this offseason. Barton could start at center or right guard for the Eagles, but I’d rather have an edge at tackle, especially with some of the specific players in this year’s class.

In this proposed trade, the Eagles gave up No. 50 to the Seahawks. With the No. 53 pick in the second round, the Eagles selected wide receiver Adonai Mitchell out of Texas. This would be a good fit for a 205-pound receiver who ran a 4.34 at the Combine. It would be fun to see him play on offense with AJ Brown and DeVonta Smith.

Nick Baumgardner, The Athletic

14. Trade with Saints: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

What they said: Philadelphia trades No. 22 and No. 50 to New Orleans for No. 14

CJ Gardner-Johnson is back in Philadelphia, but the Eagles still need help at corner. If Mitchell or Arnold fall, Philadelphia has the assets to ensure it can land a starter in the first round. Mitchell, a spectacular athlete and character presence, qualifies.

My opinion on the choice: This seems a little more realistic, but the change from 22 to 14 is quite significant. It’s all a matter of preference, but it looks like the two cornerbacks that split in this class are Alabama’s Terrion Arnold and Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell. If the Eagles fall for one of these players, I could definitely see them trading up to get one despite their history of not traditionally taking cornerbacks in the first round. If you’re wondering, Arnold ended up going to the Cardinals at No. 11. I’m not sure a slide to 14 would entice the Eagles to jump in and get Mitchell, but if he starts to slide into that 16-18 range, then it could be definitely worth a shot.

Mike Mulhern, NBC Sports Philadelphia

17. Trade with Jaguars: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

What they said: Philadelphia trades No. 22, No. 53, No. 172 to Jacksonville for No. 17, No. 96

That would be a slight overpayment on the draft pick value chart, but Howie Roseman didn’t hesitate to go up and get his man. In the last three drafts, he has made minor moves for DeVonta Smith, Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter. Latham is certainly worth the cost here. At 6-6 and 342 pounds, he is the perfect fit to fit the Eagles’ wants and needs. He could be a plug-and-play right guard with the size of Brandon Brooks, then possibly start at right tackle whenever Lane Johnson decides to go all-in in WWE. Latham, who just turned 21 in January, was a 5-star recruit and started each of the last two years on the outside before entering the draft after his junior season. In a normal year, a prospect with this profile wouldn’t fall out of the top 10, but with a plethora of quarterbacks and other elite prospects, there’s a chance he could be pushed down a bit. ranking. Recently, the Eagles have shown an affinity for the Alabama offensive lineman, grabbing Landon Dickerson in 2021 and Tyler Steen in 2023. They’re doing it again and landing a certified blue-chip prospect at a premium position.

My opinion on the choice: Of the three proposed jobs, this one seems the most likely to me and it’s not just because Mike sits next to me in the office. Latham checks a lot of boxes for the Eagles: An offensive player from Alabama, a huge frame with strong athleticism, offers positional versatility. He’s a good mix of some of the tackles in this class, meaning he has upside but also some experience as a tackle and guard.

Max Chadwick, PFF

22. Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

What they said: The Eagles’ disappointing 2023 season can mostly be attributed to coverage issues. They finished with the fifth-worst coverage grade in the league (57.3).

Arnold would add some much-needed youth to Philadelphia’s cornerback room, which includes two aging veterans, Darius Slay and James Bradberry. He possesses top-notch athleticism for the position and had a breakout year in 2023, finishing with the fifth-highest PFF grade among Power Five cornerbacks (88.4).

My opinion on the choice: Run the map. Arnold is arguably CB1 in this draft and potentially a top 10 pick. So if he’s here at 22, either there’s something wrong or the Eagles pulled off a steal. Of course, a lot of this comes down to preference and Chadwick has Cooper DeJean at 15 for the Colts and Mitchell at 17 for the Jags.

Garrett Podell, CBS Sports

22. Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

What they said: Brian Thomas Jr. is a monster, standing 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, and he’s used that frame well in 2023, leading the country in receiving touchdowns with 17. He’s the answer to the big play (17.3 yards per socket). in 2023) Jalen Hurts needs to get back on track as a passer. Not having that third receiver as a release valve was one of the many problems for the Eagles offense in 2023.

My opinion on the choice: I’m not convinced the Eagles use a first-round pick on a receiver this year, but they could certainly use another weapon at the position that isn’t Brown or Smith. In this mock, DeJean makes a pick before the Eagles, so perhaps this could be a compromise scenario instead. Notable players who sought out No. 22 were Nate Wiggins, Amarius Mims, Kool-Aid McKinstry, Chop Robinson and Tyler Guyton. This might be a good place to at least try to go down a few places.

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