List of Philadelphia Eagles’ 2017 draft picks: How they acquired them, what to expect
Philadelphia Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman has developed a reputation of aggressiveness and ingenuity during his time as an NFL executive. And those traits have left an impact on the Eagles’ stable of picks for this year’s NFL draft, which begins Thursday.
Roseman traded away the Birds’ 2017 first-round selection last year to move up and take quarterback Carson Wentz. But then he dealt Sam Bradford to Minnesota in September to get back into the first round, acquiring the Vikings’ selection.
And beyond that, the Birds have made trades involving third- and fourth-round picks in this year’s draft.
It’s a lot to keep track of — and we’re here to help. Here is a list of the eight draft picks the Eagles own, with notes on how they obtained the pick and some thoughts on what they’ll hope to get out of each:
How they got it: This would have been the Vikings’ first-round pick. The Eagles acquired it by trading Sam Bradford to Minnesota in September.
Buzz: The Birds need help at cornerback, running back and defensive end, but the team hasn’t tipped its hand about what route it’ll take with its first-round pick. Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley have emerged as two popular projections at this spot.
How they got it: This is the Eagles’ own second-round pick.
Buzz: With an early second-round selection, the Eagles have a strong chance to draft a contributor. They might address one of the weak position groups they missed out on in the first round (analysts have lauded a deep cornerback class) or they could target a notable name who slips down the draft board (Oklahoma’s troubled running back Joe Mixon, perhaps?)
How they got it: This was a Ravens compensatory pick. Baltimore traded this pick, along with defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan, in exchange for the 74th overall pick in the third round.
Buzz: The Birds moved to the back of the third round to get Jernigan, who might challenge for a starting job on their defensive line. Philly has had success with recent third-round draft picks, though. Offensive guard Isaac Seumalo, whom the Eagles drafted in 2016, showed promise as a rookie, and 2015 third-round pick Jordan Hicks has emerged as a star at linebacker.
How they got it: This is the Eagles’ own fourth-round pick.
Buzz: The Eagles didn’t have a fourth-round pick last season, but they own two entering this year’s draft.