Just days after the Tennessee Titans and St. Louis Rams struck a deal for the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles did the same with the second pick.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news on Twitter.
Eagles trade up to No. 2
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 20, 2016
The Eagles could have been phased by the trade that the Titans made but they still stayed aggressive in their pursuit to likely draft a franchise quarterback. Head coach Doug Pederson has always been a quarterback guru and he clearly has his eye on either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz.
Philadelphia gave up five picks to the Cleveland Browns, including the No. 8 pick in the 2016 Draft. The Browns also received the Eagles third and fourth round pick in the 2016 Draft and their first and second round pick in 2017.
The Eagles have given away a ton of picks and what’s more important is that they gave up their first and second round picks for 2017.
If the Eagles don’t perform and have a bad year, the Browns will cash in on a very high draft pick. The same goes for the second round pick they have up as well.
It will be very interesting to see what direction the Eagles decide to go in at the quarterback position. At this stage in Sam Bradford‘s career, it is tough to trust him with all of his injuries. If the Eagles decide to draft a quarterback, they will have a great insurance policy in either Goff or Wentz.
If you’re the Cleveland Browns this is a great move because you now have six picks in the top 100 of the draft. However, if you’re a fan of the Browns, you might be sweating it out because your team isn’t exactly the best at drafting talented players.
By trading away this pick, the Browns must believe that Robert Griffin III is their quarterback of the future.
They now have enough picks to build a team around him and based on what Joe Haden said earlier this week, they might take cornerback Jalen Ramsey if he’s still on the board at number eight.
The Browns are still taking a huge gamble with Robert Griffin III, and the organization has had the worst luck with quarterbacks for a very long time.
They could be making a big mistake by passing on Goff or Wentz because if RG3 doesn’t work out, they could be stuck looking for another franchise quarterback to come along in the draft.
The Browns just find ways to make life more difficult for themselves, if they took someone like Wentz, he could sit behind RG3 for as long as possible. Instead, their fans will have to hope they don’t draft another Barkevious Mingo, Johnny Manziel or Trent Richardson.