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NFL Breaking News: Eagles trade up to #2 in draft

Less than a week after the Los Angeles Rams sold the farm to get the number 1 pick in the 2016 draft, we ha


Less than a week after the Los Angeles Rams sold the farm to get the number 1 pick in the 2016 draft, we have seen the Philadelphia Eagles trade with the Cleveland Browns, and will now have the second pick at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre in just over a week’s time. In exchange for the number 2 pick, as well as a fourth round selection in 2017, Philadelphia will give the Browns this year’s number 8, number 77 (third round) and number 100 (fourth round) picks, their first round pick in 2017 and a second rounder in 2018. It’s expected that the Eagles will use the number 2 pick to select whichever one of Jared Goff and Carson Wentz the Rams leave on the board. However, the word from Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is that Sam Bradford, the number 1 overall pick from 2010, will be the team’s starting quarterback going into 2016. That suggests that following the Eagles trade whoever they select at number 2 will come into the NFL as a redshirt – or, sooner rather than later, will step in for Bradford when he inevitably gets put on his backside in week 1. For the Browns, they’re now tied with the San Francisco 49ers for the most selections in this year’s draft, and the move down from number 2 to number 8 in the first round will still leave them with most of the high-end talents in the pool. The fact that they were willing to let the Eagles trade up to almost certainly take a quarterback early indicates that the Browns’ need at the position is not as pressing as some might have thought earlier in the offseason period, as the team is now committed to making a go of it with former Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, himself a former number 2 overall pick in 2012.

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Tom Parry-Jones

Despite growing up as a soccer fan, Tom is now a fully fledged NFL reporter, having followed the sport since 2008 and started writing on the NFL in 2012. His primary focus is the Minnesota Vikings.

NFL Breaking News: Eagles trade up to #2 in draft

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