The Eagles had a busy draft weekend last week from the first round on Thursday to Day Three on Saturday. General manager Howie Roseman had the Eagles moving up and down the draft board while acquiring and trading picks. It all got started on Thursday when the Eagles traded out of the 22nd overall pick to acquire the 26th overall pick and the 83rd overall pick (third round) from the Cleveland Browns.
The Eagles selected pass-rusher Marcus Smith from the University of Louisville with the 22nd overall pick but that's not where the story lies today. In fact, the Eagles might've been picking further down the board if some things had changed.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports there were six teams interested in the 22nd overall pick belonging to the Eagles with the Browns and Minnesota Vikings trying to move up to draft Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Where it gets particularly interesting is an anonymous team was actually in the lead for the 22nd overall pick before the Browns threw in the 83rd overall pick and the Eagles pulled the trigger.
It worked out for the teams we know were involved. The Eagles got a pass rusher then traded out of the 83rd spot to move up in the fourth round and get another pick later. The Browns got their man in Manziel. The Vikings ended up nabbing Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater at the end of the first round which many consider a great landing spot for him.
All in all. Savvy moves by Howie Roseman.
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