Following the completion of a trade involving multiple first-round draughts picks on Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints reshuffled the NFL Draft order for the 2022 season.
Eagles get QB lottery ticket/insurance for next year. https://t.co/yofDnmPltD
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 4, 2022
Trade between the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Orleans Pelicans will see the Sixers send the Nos. 16 and 19 picks in this year’s first-round, as well as a sixth-round pick in 2022, to the Pelicans in exchange for this year’s 18th-overall pick, 2022 third and seventh-round picks, a 2023 first-round pick, and a 2024 second-round pick to the Pelicans in exchange for this year’s 18th-
Rationale for the #Saints: This trade gives them three picks in the Top 50 and hopefully that 1 next year is a back-end.
Rationale for #Eagles: They now don’t have to pay 3 1st fully guaranteed contracts, get an extra 1 next year either for a QB or to build around a QB.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 4, 2022
Because there are so many moving pieces in the trade, the early analysis of the transaction by NFL media members appeared to imply that the Eagles “won” the transaction.
However, this was not the case. Instead of giving up a first-round pick this year, the team earned two additional first-round picks and has gained an additional first-round asset for next year, which may be useful if they decide to draught a quarterback this offseason.
The #Eagles want more options in 2023 and the #Saints are committed to their theory that the sun will go supernova before 2023.
— Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) April 4, 2022
There is a strong indication that they are either aiming to select a quarterback this year or are actively searching for players to fill numerous holes in their squad during the first round of this year’s drafting.
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