It looks like the top two picks in the NFL Draft will be quarterbacks now that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded for the second overall pick owned by the Cleveland Browns.
The announcement was made on Wednesday, which is a week after the Tennessee Titans parted way with the top overall selection in a blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles presumably will select who is left on the board between Cal’s Jared Goff and Carson Wentz of North Dakota State. The last time quarterbacks were chosen 1-2 in the NFL Draft was 2012 when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were taken by Indianapolis and Washington.
Ironically, Robert Griffin III is now in Cleveland, which may have been the reason the Browns were looking to deal the No. 2 pick.
Three picks in the top 10 have now been traded in the past month. The details of the deal are as follows…
The Eagles get: The No. 2 pick 2016 and a 2017 fourth-round pick.
The Browns get: The No. 8 pick in 2016, the No. 77 pick (third round) in 2016, the No. 100 pick (fourth round) in 2016, a 2017 first-rounder and a 2018 second-rounder.
In my opinion, both the Rams and the Eagles gave up considerable real estate for players who may not be the franchise saviors they are believed to be. This is a solid quarterback class – with six signal callers possibly being gone by the end of the second round. Neither, however, looks to be the next Luck or John Elway.
The move on Wednesday was aided by the Eagles willingness to move its original pick. Philadelphia sent Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso and the 13th overall pick to Miami for the Dolphins’ No. 8 pick. And that set up Wednesday’s final move up the draft board.
Howie Roseman, the Eagles general manager was quick to point out the later move could not have been made without the deal with Miami.
“By making the initial trade with Miami earlier this offseason and with this trade today with Cleveland, we feel that we have put ourselves in the best possible position to draft an impact player. We will now focus our energy on the next step,” he said.
These kinds of moves can make or break a franchise. For the Browns, it gives them more draft picks and a chance to possible take a quarterback in the second round. Cleveland has many holes to fill, which now allows them to address them under new head coach Hue Jackson.
The trade on Wednesday also opens the door for San Diego, Dallas and Jacksonville – the three teams which select immediately after Philadelphia. The Chargers, with the third pick, can now decide if they want a cornerstone tackle in Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss or a safety in FSU’s Jalen Ramsey. The Cowboys and Jaguars figure to land defensive help and could have their pick among Joey Bosa, Myles Jack and Ramsey if they are still on the board.
There is also another bit of irony with the Eagles acquiring the second overall pick. In 1999, the Eagles chose Donovan McNabb as their franchise quarterback while fans wanted the organization to take Ricky Williams, the Heisman Trophy winning running back. McNabb was solid in leading the team to four consecutive NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance – a loss to New England.
Cleveland can now concentrate on finding the best player available with the eighth pick. Besides quarterback, the Browns have major needs at wide receiver, cornerback and on the offensive line and in the secondary.
The team lost safety Tashaun Gipson in free agency when he signed a contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars.