2016 NFL Draft: Huge Eagles Trade Locks in Goff, Wentz With Top Two Picks
If you weren’t sure how the 2016 NFL Draft would kick off, you should have a pretty good idea by now. Last week the Los Angeles Rams made a huge splash by trading up to the #1 pick in order to grab a quarterback.
Speculation was abound as to which passer they coveted most, whether it be North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz or Cal’s Jared Goff. The early consensus was that they loved hometown product, Goff. The Cleveland Browns, sitting at the #2 spot and not necessarily enamored with the idea of reaching for a quarterback, were said to be “actively” chasing trade partners.
They reached a deal on Wednesday afternoon.
Per reports, the Philadelphia Eagles got their wish of moving up in this month’s draft, after sending the 8th, 77th and 100th selections in the 2016 NFL Draft to the Browns. In addition, for the #2 pick, Cleveland will received 2017 first rounder and a 2018 second round pick. Cleveland also gives up a fourth round pick from next year’s draft in the deal.
- #2 pick in 2016
- 2017 4th rounder
- 8th, 77th, 100th 2016 picks
- 2017 first rounder
- 2018 second rounder
This is the price of a top pick these days, or if you get specific, the price for the right to take a shot on what could be a franchise quarterback.
It’s curious to see Cleveland passing on the possibility to nab Wentz, who by all accounts looks like a franchiser passer. The Browns seem content with Robert Griffin III as their 2016 starter, however, and may prefer to draft a future franchise quarterback later in the draft.
The likes of Connor Cook and Paxton Lynch could easily both be the answer under center and it’s likely both could fall out of round one.
With a quarterback in place and their options still open beyond round one, this is a fantastic trade by the Browns and arguably one of the few smart moves they’ve pulled off in quite some time.
Cleveland doesn’t get pressured into taking a quarterback they don’t love, and with a bunch of extra picks over the next three years, can focus on building a complete, balanced winner.
Philadelphia should get their franchise passer with this move, but considering all they gave up to move ahead six spots in the order, they certainly better.
The Eagles did already have Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel at quarterback, but didn’t at all seem content at any point. They are obviously very high on Carson Wentz, but also are said to like both Wentz and Goff. In other words, they’re taking a quarterback at the two spot, and it may not matter to them who it is.
Howie: “Only way you can make this trade is if you’re totally comfortable with both guys.”
— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) April 20, 2016
That, or they already know the Rams are taking Goff and they’re getting their guy.
On the flip side, even getting their franchise passer may not be enough to win this deal, as the Eagles give up a ton of 2016 picks and really are risking their future on one position. Needless to say, they’ll be short on picks in this year’s draft and may end up being without a first rounder next year, as well.
It could still be worth it for the Eagles in the end if they get their guy and he is everything they expect, but on the surface the Browns win this trade by a mile.
Mocking the 2016 NFL Draft just got a lot easier. The Rams are being coy about who they’re taking #1 overall, but after going through a similar trade with the Titans, we know they’re taking a passer.
That’s very likely to be California product Jared Goff, who is talented enough to be the answer for a franchise freshly moved into L.A., while he also went to school in California. Should he indeed go to Los Angeles, the Eagles would then take Wentz, officially giving every mock two straight correct picks to start the draft.
That is where things could get interesting, as the Chargers currently rest at the three spot and it seems very up in the air as to what they could do. San Diego has also been in talks to potential trade down, but they could definitely use pass rush help in the form of Joey Bosa or offensive line help via stud tackle Laremy Tansil.
For now, all we know is two quarterbacks are going #1 and #2 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft. That, and there has been a ton of pro football drama and that draft hasn’t even started yet. Get your popcorn ready.
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