Eagles general manager Howie Roseman explains how to trade first-round picks with Saints, what it means for Jalen Hurts’ future

The Philadelphia Eagles have already had three first-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, thanks to general manager Howie Roseman who made deals last offseason with the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. Roseman has since traded one of those first-round picks, and on Wednesday he explained exactly why.

The Eagles traded the No. 16 overall pick, No. 19 overall pick and a 2022 sixth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for the No. 18 overall pick, a 2022 third-round pick , a seventh-round pick in 2022, a first-round pick in 2023 and second-round pick in 2024. Philadelphia has two first-round picks in each of the next two years — the balance Roseman wants on a board of repechage.

“We were kind of looking at this year, next year, and the number of picks we had in this year’s draft and trying to balance it out a bit for a variety of factors,” Roseman said in a pre-press release. -draft. conference on Wednesday. “When you’re looking at having first-round picks and the fifth-year option, having so many guys on the fifth-year option.

“Also kind of a balance between scouting all the players from this draft and next year’s draft and having more options and more flexibility in all positions as well as this year’s draft. So , we thought that made sense.

The Eagles have 10 draft picks in 2022, including five in the first three rounds. They have seven picks in the 2023 draft, including two in the first round. Philadelphia has eight picks in the 2024 draft, including two in the second round.

Draft picks are important for Philadelphia, given the status of quarterback Jalen Hurts. The Eagles are giving Hurts this season to prove if he can be a franchise quarterback and helped their hand of poker going into next year’s draft by acquiring the Saints’ first-round pick. A poor New Orleans season puts the Eagles in a prime position to sign one of the best quarterbacks in 2023, projected as a much stronger quarterback class than this year.

If Hurts is having a bad season, the Eagles could use this 2023 draft to find their franchise quarterback. As has been the case all offseason, Philadelphia is committed to Hurts and wants him to be that franchise quarterback.

“We’re excited about Jalen Hurts and we’re going to support Jalen and want him to have a great career in Philadelphia,” Roseman said. “It was about flexibility for our team and making sure we had the resources to improve our team not only for this year’s draft but also for next year’s draft. We thought that was a lot of meaning.”

Garland K. Long