Although Howie Roseman admitted Thursday that he’d be willing to trade up in the first round of the NFL draft this Thursday night for the right guy (see story), the Eagles’ general manager also didn’t rule out the possibility of trading down.
Perhaps even out.
That’s an idea that could make Eagles fans cringe.
The 22nd-overall pick could be very attractive for a team that already picked in the first round and wants to get back in, especially if some high-profile quarterbacks tumble into the bottom third. If that team is willing to give up a future first-round pick, the Eagles would be crazy not to consider the move.
The drawback with trading out is the significantly diminished chance of landing a star player. This year’s draft is considered the deepest in recent memory.
The Eagles traded out of the first round in 2007 and 2008, coming off a 10-6 season and 8-8 season, respectively. In total, they acquired six picks and drafted five prospects, with the other pick being traded to Buffalo for left tackle Jason Peters.
Of the six players they acquired in both trade-downs, Peters is the only one still with the team and the only one to start more than 15 games for the Eagles. The five players drafted by the Eagles with those additional picks turned into one draft misfire after another.
In 2007, the Eagles dealt their 26th-overall pick to the rival Cowboys for a second-rounder, third-rounder and fifth-rounder in the same draft. Dallas then selected Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer, who’s had a modest career with the Cowboys (32.5 sacks in seven seasons).
With their three acquired picks, the Eagles selected quarterback Kevin Kolb (second round), linebacker Stewart Bradley (third) and safety C.J. Gaddis (fifth round).
Kolb, considered the heir apparent to Donovan McNabb, never fulfilled that billing. He waited three years to replace McNabb, then got hurt in his first start as the team’s franchise quarterback. Mike Vick replaced him and flourished, prompting the Eagles to forge ahead with Vick in 2011 and trade Kolb to Arizona. Kolb recently retired after failed stints with the Cardinals and Bills.
Bradley, who once looked very promising, bottomed out quickly. He sacked and picked off Drew Brees as a rookie in his first career start, a win against the Saints, but started only 28 more games in his next three seasons before signing with the Cardinals.
Gaddis, a safety from Clemson, never made the team and was out of football two years later.
One year later, the Eagles once again decided to move out of the first round. Once again, the players drafted with the extra picks never made much of an impact.
Sitting at 19th overall, the Eagles found a trade partner in Carolina, which gave up a 2008 first-rounder along with a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick. The Panthers took Pittsburgh offensive tackle Jeff Otah, who went to William Penn High School in New Castle, Del.
Otah battled chronic knee problems and started just 29 career games, all with Carolina. He never played past 2009.
The Eagles hit the jackpot with the 2009 first-rounder, dealing it to the Bills before the draft to get Peters, who’s made the Pro Bowl in every season he’s been healthy with the Eagles.
But the two other picks they acquired were squandered.
The second-rounder was dealt to the Vikings for two later second-round picks that turned into defensive tackle Trevor Laws and safety Quintin Demps. Laws started two games in his four seasons and left the Eagles with just five career sacks. Demps mainly returned kicks his rookie year and spent just two seasons with the Eagles, never starting a game.
The fourth-rounder became guard/center Mike McGlynn, who started 14 games in his third season after replacing an injured Jamaal Jackson. The Eagles cut McGlynn out of training camp in 2011.