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Eagles draft picks 2020 after trade for Darius Slay

Eagles draft picks 2020 after trade for Darius Slay

The Eagles on Thursday morning traded for star cornerback Darius Slay and they didn’t have to give up either of their top two picks to do it. And the Eagles still have eight selections in the 2020 draft. 

In order to get Slay, the Eagles traded third- and fifth-round picks in the upcoming draft. 

According to a league source, the picks they traded were their regular draft picks. So the Eagles gave up the No. 85 pick and the No. 166 pick to get Slay. 

A couple years ago, rules were changed to allow teams to trade compensatory picks but that isn’t what happened here. 

So here’s an updated look at the Eagles’ picks in next month’s draft: 

Round 1: No. 21 

Round 2: No. 53

Round 3: No. 85

Round 3: No. 103 (compensatory)

Round 4: No. 127

Round 4: No. 145 (compensatory) 

Round 4: No. 146 (compensatory) 

Round 5: 166

Round 5: 168 (via Patriots for Michael Bennett) 

Round 6: 190 (via Falcons in Johnathan Cyprien/Duke Riley trade) 

With eight picks, the Eagles still have some ammo if they want to pull off draft-day trades. But in each of the last two seasons, the Eagles have drafted just five players. So Howie Roseman was looking forward to replenishing his roster with many young players. They can still do that with eight picks. 

While the Eagles gave up two picks to get Slay, it seems likely that had they signed Byron Jones in free agency — something they were interested in doing — that move probably would have canceled out a future high-level compensatory pick but for the next draft. So if you’re feeling the sting of getting rid of draft picks, that might alleviate some of it. 

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John Hightower patterns his game after 1 particular NFL star receiver

John Hightower patterns his game after 1 particular NFL star receiver

If there’s one NFL receiver Eagles 5th-round pick John Hightower patterns his game after it’s Stefon Diggs. 

Throughout the last few months, I’ve heard Hightower say that several times, both before and after he got drafted. But on a Zoom call last week, I got a chance to ask Hightower a question. 

Why Diggs? 

“Stefon Diggs’ routes are phenomenal,” Hightower said. “He makes great cuts, he catches the ball very well. He’s an intelligent player.” 

Fair enough. 

While Diggs has never been a Pro Bowler, he has become one of the best and most consistent receivers in the NFL, known for his route-running and technique. 

Like Hightower, Diggs was a 5th-round pick. Diggs came out of Maryland in the 5th round in 2015, made an immediate impact as a rookie and put together five really impressive seasons in Minnesota before getting traded to the Bills this offseason. 

Take a look at the comparison between Diggs coming out in 2015 and Hightower this season: 

Aside from their physical similarities and getting drafted in the same round, Hightower and Diggs both grew up in the same area, in the DMV.

Diggs is from Gaithersburg, Maryland, and went to Our Lady of Good Counsel and Hightower is from Landover and went to Riverdale Baptist. 

“It’s really good to see that,” Hightower said of watching a guy from his area make it the way Diggs has. “Obviously someone from the area making it to the place the Stefon Diggs made it to. Pretty much growing up everybody knew Stefon Diggs was going to be who he is today. It was great to see him from high school to college and then now in the league to still do what he’s been doing.”

Hightower hopes to continue following Diggs’ path. 

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Eagles bringing back receiver Marcus Green

Eagles bringing back receiver Marcus Green

The Eagles are bringing back wide receiver Marcus Green, who spent last season on their practice squad, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

Green, 23, was among four Eagles released a week and a half ago. And now he’s coming back. NFL Network first reported the news.   

Green (5-8, 191) was a Falcons 6th-round pick out of Louisiana-Monroe last year. After he was waived at final cuts, Green joined the Eagles in early September and spent the entire 2019 season on the Birds’ practice squad. 

In four years at Louisiana-Monroe, Green caught 202 passes for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also had 51 rushing attempts for 492 yards (9.6) and 1 touchdown. He also returned kicks and punts in college. He’s less of a pure receiver and more of a playmaker. 

With Green back, the Eagles have a full roster at 80, although that includes Brandon Brooks and Alshon Jeffery who are both on Active/PUP and are not healthy enough to practice. That 80 does not include Matt Leo who has an International exemption. 

Still, the Eagles are at the 80-man limit to keep them from going split-squad at practices. The Eagles are still in the Acclimatization Period of their collectively bargained training camp. They won’t hold non-padded practices until Aug. 12 and the first padded practice won’t be until Aug. 17. 

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