Four reasons the Philadelphia Eagles WILL NOT keep the 32nd pick

Aug 17, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman (L) talks with head coach Doug Pederson (R) prior to action against the Buffalo Bills at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The defending Super Bowl Champions have the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, but I wouldn’t get too excited about that, since they will not be keeping the very last pick of the first round. Instead, I believe that Howie “Wizard” Roseman will be making and taking plenty of calls to move out of their current spot. Below are four reasons that have me convinced Philadelphia won’t stay put.

  1. The Eagles don’t have many picks

At this point, Philly will pick at 32 and won’t pick again until…wait for it…130! Thank goodness for Sam Bradford or they would be waiting two more turns (crazy right?). The Eagles traded their 2nd round pick to the Browns back in 2016 as part of the deal to move up and select franchise QB Carson Wentz. Last season, the team looked to bolster their rushing attack by trading their 3rd round pick in 2018 for Jay Ajayi. The J-Train was used as part of a committee and racked up 408 yards with one rushing touchdown for the Eagles. With LeGarrette Blount in Detroit and a full off-season with the team, Ajayi will be able to improve significantly in both categories. Trading the 32nd selection could result in excellent value, as other teams become more and more anxious to jump back into the first round and grab the player they fell in love with…Lamar Jackson perhaps?

2. The value isn’t there

The Eagles are pretty much set at every position (I mean, they did win the Super Bowl after all). By extending Alshon Jefferey’s contract and re-signing Nigel Bradham, the team put themselves in position to take the best player available when they are on the clock. Don’t get me wrong, there are some players projected at 32, such as Ronnie Harrison and Maurice Hurst, which I would be completely happy with. However, the opportunity to snag a few more picks is more enticing.

3. Show me the money

According to an article written last April by Jason Fitzgerald, “…the NFL rookie contract structure results in a 20.4 percent loss in contract value (about $1.8 million), the biggest among all draft picks…The 33rd pick likely will get about half of his third-year salary guaranteed, compared to a full guarantee for pick No. 32.” So there you have it, one single spot and the team saves a bunch of money. Seems like a no-brainer unless you’re truly married to a prospect still on the board.

4. History repeats itself

The last three times Philly has had a selection in the latter part of the draft they haven’t chosen well. Yes, Agholor played well this season, but he still can’t be counted on as a number one option. And it’s not just the Eagles who make bad decisions. Since 2000 there have been some bizarre happenings at 32. Three quarterbacks (Patrick Ramsey, Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater) have been taken with this pick, and although there is still a window for Teddy, only one of those guys has had a successful career. Also, Brees was technically a second round pick since Tennessee did not have a first round selection that year. In 2009, New Orleans drafted future Eagles star Patrick Robinson with the 32nd selection. Last, but certainly not least, New England has had to forfeit the last pick in the first round twice due to “Spygate” and “Deflategate” respectively. Needless to say, history has not been on the side of 32.

With the draft set to begin in just over a week, it’s anyone’s guess what the Eagles will do at 32. Since the departure of Chip Kelly, Roseman has proven he really is a personnel genius, so Philly fans need not worry. Whether Philly decides to take an offer to move down and gain some much needed picks later on, or just say F#%! it and package a player with their pick to move up, one thing is for sure; The Philadelphia Eagles will not keep the 32nd  pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

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