As the Eagles sat at pick six they seemed to be in a great spot to take an impact talent. Whether it was LSU’s stud receiver Ja’Marr Chase, or Florida hybrid beast Kyle Pitts. “They cant screw this up” was heard quite a bit. The logic was sound, because the possibility of four quarterbacks going in the first five picks is very real. That just left the Cincinnati Bengals…
But according to MMQB’s Albert Breer the Eagles didn’t believe Chase would fall to them at six, going to the Bengals at pick 5. It would make sense, as Joe Burrow wants his receiver he won the Heisman with in college. WIth this in mind, the Eagles pulled the trigger on the trade back.
The Eagles worked exclusively with the Dolphins, and Roseman had to keep the trade under wraps in the two-plus weeks in between to allow for the bang-bang nature of how it eventually would go down. And with the Eagles believing there is a pretty good chance the Bengals will take LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase at five (we mentioned in our mock this week that that Joe Burrow has given Cincinnati’s brass a glowing recommendation), Philly felt comfortable with the difference in talent between six and 12—and also operated with the knowledge that it’d be hard to get a future first (this being Miami’s slotted No. 1 in 2022) in exchange for moving down closer to the draft, particularly if it looked like the top four picks would be QBs.
So there ya go. The Eagles figured the guy they wanted would be gone, so they move back and picked up another first round pick next year. Now we just patiently wait for Howie Roseman to take a CB from UTEP with the 12th pick,,,