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Sources: Eagles Trying To Trade Down

General manager Howie Roseman has reached out to teams about trading down from the fourth overall pick in Thursday’s NFL draft, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The Eagles apparently have between one and three players that they would like to take with the fourth pick, but are looking to trade down in case their preferred options are off the board. The Eagles have done a good job of keeping their plans under wraps, but I would guess that some combination of Eric Fisher, Dion Jordan, and Star Lotulelei makes up the Eagles’ board at four.

Trading down is always an attractive option because teams can stockpile picks in the middle rounds, but is usually easier said than done. Teams looking to move down often outnumber teams looking to move up, and since this year’s draft class does not have many consensus elite prospects, it could be even harder than usual to find a trade partner looking to move all the way up to four.

Roseman has reportedly reached out to at least two fellow GM’s in hopes of getting a deal in place. One team that may be interested in moving up is Miami. The Dolphins hold the 12th overall pick and a pair of second rounders and desperately need a left tackle. In order to secure one, they will have to move up. The Jets or Browns could also potentially move up in order to secure Geno Smith or a top defensive prospect.

At this point, it’s all speculation, but I expect the Eagles to keep the fourth pick. Roseman is likely just doing his due diligence.


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