Heading into any draft, there are always arguments to be made about trying to trade up for a better prospect, trading back and acquiring more draft picks, or just staying put at your spot and picking a player.
The Philadelphia Eagles tend to move around in the first round more than most. In fact, as you’re all well aware, they already have this year. They traded the No. 6 overall pick in this draft for the No. 12 overall pick, plus a first-round pick in 2022.
Now that they’re sitting at pick No. 12, could they move again?
First, we’ll recap the last 22 years (since the beginning of the Andy Reid era), showing the Eagles’ picks in the first round of the draft, and then we’ll determine their best course of action in the 2021 NFL Draft:
• Traded up (7 times): Jerome McDougle, Shawn Andrews, Jeremy Maclin, Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Carson Wentz, and Andre Dillard.
• Stayed put (10 times): Donovan McNabb, Corey Simon, Freddie Mitchell, Lito Sheppard, Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley, Danny Watkins, Lane Johnson, Nelson Agholor, and Derrick Barnett.
- Donovan McNabb: Franchise QB for more than a decade.
- Corey Simon: Impact player early in his career, declined rapidly at around age 27.
- Freddie Mitchell: Made one huge play, talked like he was an All-Pro.
- Lito Sheppard: Quality starting corner for years, although like Simon, he too declined rapidly at around 26.
- Mike Patterson…