By Lewis Gould
The Ben Franklin Parkway NFL draft is still more than two months away, and it’s time to focus on whether the Eagles should trade down from their No. 15 spot in the first round.
The Sam Bradford deal blessed the Eagles with a 2017 first-round pick they weren’t expecting to have after trading up for Carson Wentz, but Philly needs to stockpile more picks and acquire more young talent on rookie deals.
The Eagles had no second- or fourth-round picks in last year’s draft, although they had two fifth-rounders and three seventh-rounders.
More disconcertingly, the 2014 and 2015 drafts just haven’t delivered much talent to the roster.
Jordan Matthews (above) is the only starter to come out of 2014; first-rounder Marcus Smith has barely played, and third-rounder Josh Huff was cut after being arrested for DUI during the season.
The 2015 draft delivered solid middle linebacker Jordan Hicks, but first-round pick Nelson Agholor has become a symbol of Chip Kelly’s personnel issues, and second-rounder Eric Rowe was dealt to the Patriots after one season.
The Eagles need a young core to grow alongside Wentz, and they’ll feel the absence of those disappointing classes.