It has felt like a foregone conclusion for a few weeks now, but the Eagles have officially secured the Colts’ 2022 first-round pick under the terms of the Carson Wentz trade that the two clubs consummated back in February. In exchange for Wentz, Indianapolis gave up a 2021 third-rounder and a conditional 2022 second-rounder that would turn into a first-round choice if Wentz played 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps this year (or if he played in 70% of the snaps and Indy qualified for the postseason).
After last night’s victory over the Patriots, Wentz has now played enough snaps to ensure that, even if he were to miss the next three games for some reason, he will not fall below the 75% threshold (h/t Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk). As such, Philadelphia will now be armed with three first-round selections in the 2022 draft (the Colts’, the Dolphins’, and their own).
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Indy and Miami picks are not looking as valuable as they were a few weeks ago. The ‘Fins are in the midst of a five-game winning streak (and are favored to defeat the Jets today), and after a 1-3 start, the Colts have improved to 8-6 on the season.
Even if Philadelphia doesn’t end up with any top-10 selections, having three first-round choices in any draft is an enviable scenario. Of course, the big question is whether the Eagles will try to package those picks to trade for a veteran quarterback or to move up the draft board to secure a top collegiate passer.
Jalen Hurts‘ recent run of quality play led to some chatter that the club was comfortable enough with him under center to use its draft capital on other areas of need, but Hurts’ terrible showing against the Giants in Week 12 and reports about an organizational divide on his long-term viability have reopened the conversation about the Eagles’ quarterback plans.
20 comments on “Eagles Secure First-Round Pick From Carson Wentz Trade”
Yup, and his 5/12 performance really speaks to that value. I love my Colts but hate this guy. 0 pocket presence, never throws it away, just takes sacks and makes bad throws.
Damn some fans really are never happy are they? In a run-first offense the dude has still put of solid, respectable numbers throughout the season that some teams would kill to have from their QB.
1st rounder for a game mamager EZ steal.
Eh Carson Wentz is better than a game manager – if Taylor wasn’t there he would be forced to show it – or show otherwise
Sometimes he is. And sometimes he’s like he was yesterday. Same problems that have plagued him since the Eagles drafted Hurts: bad decisions, holds the ball too long, inaccurate passes. Eagles made out great regardless of where the pick lands in the first round.
Because Hurts has worked out so well?
Baahhhaaa. Philly won the hell out of that trade. Indy would have been better off simply signing Andy Dalton to a 1 year deal (he isn’t any worse than Wentz). Then traded for a good vet this off-season. What a bone headed move this has proven to be.
Hindsight is 20/20. Go work in a front office yourself if you’re so confident
C’mon at least be realistic when making these conclusions. Dalton does not have the arm strength or the mobility that Wentz has. Your argument may still be valid that they should have signed someone that was available for free but Dalton is not that guy. Care to throw out a more realistic name?
Great, now time to see the Colts lose out and raise that pick a little.
Nah, they aren’t the Eagles so very little chance of that.
this comment aged like milk
They’d be best off using those picks to fortify other weaknesses on the team. QB play is far from the Eagles only weakness
Ironic, considering it’s them using a 2nd rounder on a backup QB rather than filling other more pressing needs that led to Wentz’ downslide in Philly and subsequent trade.
the downslide started as soon as the original injury happened. Hurts just made him reveal his true colors.
we will have to see how Hurts does the rest of the season. One thing I have noticed is he does not seem too upset on the sidelines when he makes a bad throw or play.
Hurts and the 1sts would be a great return for the Texans on Watson. Of course the Eagles, Watson and the NFL would have to agree.
No thank you, don’t want anything to do with Watson and to give up all of that is ridiculous.
Eagles need to get back to building from the line out. If they can get Cross, Davis, and Walker with what they have, it’ll be a long term win.