Saints-Eagles Trade Qualities: New Orleans has multiple first-round signings while Philly looks to 2023

With the 2022 NFL Draft just weeks away, the draft board is yet to be determined. On Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles sent the No. 16 overall pick, No. 19 overall pick, and then a sixth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for the No. 18 overall pick, a third-round pick, a seventh-round pick and a first-round selection in 2023 and a second-round selection in 2024.

There are a few obvious things that immediately stand out about this deal. First, the Saints have wanted multiple first-round picks this year, while the Eagles are doing fine giving up one of their three first-round picks and looking to 2023 and 2024. What does this mean for quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Jameis Winston?

Below we will attempt to rank this trade, which focuses on draft picks.

Eagle: A-

Despite this trade, the Eagles still have two first-round picks in the draft — and they didn’t have to part with their top pick in 15th overall. They’ve also ensured they have multiple first-round picks again in the 2023 draft! Even before the trade, four of our five CBS Sports NFL draft picks had Philly pick a wide receiver in the first round, and you have to think the Eagles are locked into one. The first receiver drafted this year is expected to be somewhere in the top 10, and if the Eagles decide, he could be in the middle of a run at wideouts.

There’s a little more to this deal, and it has to do with hurts. This draft class isn’t considered strong at the quarterback position, but that’s set to change in 2023. CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora tells the Eagles showed some foresight while trying to be able to pick up a quarterback in 2023 if Hurts can’t prove he’s the guy in 2022. That’s always possible, but even if Hurts misses 2022, the Eagles will be sitting nice with several first-round picks to keep building around him.

Giving up a first-round pick for a third-round pick, a seventh-round pick, and two future picks, including a first-round pick next year, is solid. Howie Roseman is certainly excited.

Saints: B

The Saints are our technical “losers” in this trade, but “loser” isn’t an appropriate term. New Orleans clearly wanted multiple selections midway through the first round, and it ensured a deal materialized. There are a few stories surrounding this trade in saints. They could bring in a quarterback like Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett or Ole Miss’ Matt Corral with their additional first-round picks without drastically changing their draft game plan. However, they signed Winston to a multi-year deal this offseason, so they might as well choose to build around him instead.

CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards says the Saints’ two biggest draft needs are wide receiver and left tackle. They were able to satisfy both needs in the first round. Jameson Williams, wide receiver from Alabama, Treylon Burks from Arkansas and maybe Ohio State’s Chris Olave are expected to be in the area. Giving Winston another legitimate wideout could help this Saints offense reach new heights.

As for the tackle spot, midway through the first round the Saints could target Tulsa’s Tyler Smith, Mississippi State’s Charles Cross if he falls, or one of my favorite Northern Iowa players, Trevor Penning. It hurts to have to give up a third-round pick and then a future first- and second-rounder, but New Orleans clearly has a plan. Saints-Eagles Trade Qualities: New Orleans has multiple first-round signings while Philly looks to 2023

Dais Johnston

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