The time we have all been waiting for is almost here Eagles fans.  The NFL draft is creeping up and will be here in less than two weeks.  That weekend always brings a flurry of moves and gives fans hope for the next season and beyond.  This NFL draft weekend seems to be much more anticipated by fans.  With an abundance of picks, the Eagles need to hit on these picks big time to prevent this team from sinking even further.  The draft is always a fun time no matter what, so here are three predictions for what could go down that weekend.

Zach Ertz Is Flipped For A Late-Round Pick

The Zach Ertz drama has seemed to cool down a bit.  Ertz reportedly wanted out by the time the new league year started, and then Howie gave Ertz permission to seek out a trade.  No news has really come out since then, and the market has been relatively quiet.  I think draft night is the day it all comes to an end.  Mike Kaye put out a very intriguing and very realistic proposal of the Bills trading their number 30 pick for Zach Ertz and the Eagles number 37 pick.  I personally really like this trade a lot and it would help out both sides, but I think Ertz will get traded on day three for a later pick.  Even though Zach is a proven Pro-Bowler and one of the best tight ends in the game, teams may be hesitant to give up assets because of the year he had last year and the injuries.  On day three I think a team takes the chance and trades a 5th or a 6th for Zach and the saga finally ends.

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The Eagles Come Out Of The First Three Rounds With At Least One Defensive End

We all know how much the Eagles value pass rushers.  The Eagles love rotating pass rushers and keeping everyone fresh along the line. Right now the rotation consists of BG, Fletcher, Hargrave, Barnett, Sweat, and Ridgeway.  I expect Howie to add a pass rusher early to add to the rotation, and I expect an edge rusher.  I don’t think the Eagles take one at twelve, but if an edge rusher starts to fall who Howie likes I wouldn’t be surprised if he pulled the trigger and traded back up into the first round.  The Eagles could also look at DE at number 37.  Jaelan Phillips, Gregory Rousseau, Carlos Basham, and Jayson Oweh are all guys who could be there in the early second round that Howie could have his eyes on. The Eagles could also look to add an edge rusher with one of their third-round picks.  Given the Eagles’ abundance of picks, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than one edge rusher is drafted.  A defensive end is a lot bigger need than most people think, and adding one to contribute for the present and future would be a big get.

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The Eagles Go Defense Round One

Derrick Gunn reported that the Eagles will likely be picking a receiver or cornerback at number twelve, and I am leaning more towards a corner. The one fascinating part of that tweet is that he states “if the Eagles stay at twelve”, but I think they should still get a corner. In a division where you are facing Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb, Kenny Golladay, Terry McLaurin, and Curtis Samuel twice a year, you are going to need strong corner play.  Other than Darius Slay, the Eagles don’t have much at the corner position.   Patrick Surtain, Jaycee Horn, and Caleb Farley are the top three corners in this draft and there is a chance they are all on the board at number twelve.  Surtain is the best corner in the draft, so if he is there at twelve then the pick should be a no-brainer.  I have a feeling Surtain goes 10 to Dallas, unless Jerry trades up for Pitts, so that leaves Horn and Farley.  Horn has shot up draft boards recently and Farley has fallen because of a back injury. As of right now, Horn seems to be the favorite to be the pick out of those two.  Horn would be a fantastic counterpart to Slay on the other side and would help solidify the Eagles’ secondary.  Now the downside is that you aren’t getting Jalen Hurts a true weapon to work with.  Chase will certainly be gone so that leaves Waddle and Smith, and there isn’t even a guarantee they both make it to twelve.  A receiver is another huge need, but I think the Eagles trade back up into the first round to get their guy at receiver.  Horn plus a receiver in day one would be the dream scenario, but a corner should be the pick at twelve.

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