If there were any doubts before that Jalen Hurts would be the Eagles’ quarterback in 2021, there isn’t anymore.
The Eagles, after reportedly failing to move up in the draft to position themselves for a run at BYU QB Zach Wilson, traded the 6th pick to the Dolphins in exchange for this year’s 12th pick and the Dolphins’ 1st-round pick in next year’s draft.
The Eagles’ also acquired the Dolphins’ 4th-round pick in this year’s draft.
The Dolphins had just acquired the 12th pick from the 49ers in a trade that saw Miami ship No. 3 overall to San Francisco. The Dolphins acquired the 49ers’ 2022 and 2023 1st-round picks.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Eagles tried to get up to No. 3 to take Wilson but that he was the only QB they were interested in, and when those efforts failed there was no reason to remain in the top 10.
With a quarterback off the table, the Eagles’ attention for the 12th pick goes to one of the top remaining receivers or one of the top cornerbacks.
And while the Eagles may now be out of contention for a Kyle Pitts or Ja’Marr Chase, the run on quarterbacks will push some non-QBs who might have been top-10 guys into the Eagles’ range.
Certainly if the Eagles are earmarking a cornerback, they would presumably have a shot at one of the top three at No. 12 - South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn, Alabama’s Patrick Surtain and Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley.
Why not take the best available player at No. 6? Because this is a rebuilding team that has very few young impact players, and an additional 1st-round pick in the Eagles’ eyes brings more value than the six spots they’re losing.
The top 12 picks in the draft now look like this:
Thanks to this trade, the Eagles could have three 1st-round picks in 2022 - their own, the Dolphins’ and the Colts’, assuming Carson Wentz triggers the 75-percent playing time clause (or 70 percent with a playoff berth) that turns a conditional 2nd-round pick into a 1st.
The Eagles now have 11 picks in the draft, and while it’s unlikely they will still have all 11 when the draft rolls around during the draft - which runs from April 29 through May 1 - as of now that’s their most draft picks since 2011, when they also had 11.
1st round: No. 12 (acquired from the Dolphins)
2nd round: No. 37 (own pick)
3rd round: No. 70 (own pick)
3rd round: No. 84 (acquired from Colts as part of the Carson Wentz trade)
4th round: No. 123 (acquired from the Dolphins)
5th round: No. 150 (own pick)
6th round: No. 189 (own pick)
6th round: No. 224 (compensatory pick)
6th round: No. 225 (compensatory pick)
7th round: No. 234 (own pick)
7th round: No. 240 (acquired from 49ers as part of Marquis Goodwin trade)
Subscribe to the Eagle Eye podcast: