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Eagles make big trade to get number two overall pick in 2016 NFL Draft from Browns

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For the second week in a row, we have a huge draft trade. Today, the Eagles traded up with the Browns to get the number two overall pick.

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For the second straight week, we've had a massive trade involving one of the top picks in the 2016 NFL Draft.  Last week, the Tennessee Titans got a huge haul from the Los Angeles Rams for the top overall pick, and today a trade was announced that will send the second overall pick from the Cleveland Browns to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Browns were looking to trade down from their number two overall pick and found a partner to do so in the Eagles.  The Eagles gave the Browns their first round pick this year (number eight overall), their third round pick this year (number 77 overall), their fourth round pick this year (number 100 overall), their first round pick next year, and their second round pick next year in exchange for the Browns first round pick this year (number two overall) and their fourth round pick next year.  In other words, the Eagles gave up a lot to move up just six spots in the draft to get their guy.

At this point, it would be an absolute shock if the Eagles take anybody but a quarterback - whichever quarterback the Rams don't take first overall.  It seems the general opinion is that the Rams will take Jared Goff, which means the Eagles would take Carson Wentz.  Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said recently that the Eagles really like both of the top quarterbacks and have them rated pretty evenly, thinking both can be franchise quarterbacks.

Of course, the question becomes why the Eagles gave so much money to Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel this offseason only to give up a lot to move up and draft a quarterback.  They now have a scenario in which the rookie (likely Wentz) doesn't have to play right away, though we'll see whether that's actually how it plays out.  Regardless, it will be very interesting to see how the Eagles' quarterback position shakes out.

This seems like a very good trade for the Cleveland Browns (especially if they weren't sold on either of the top two quarterbacks).  They only move back six spots in this year's draft, but they add an extra third and fourth round pick in addition to a first and second round pick next year.  That's a great haul for a rebuilding team, and it gives them a chance to set themselves up well for the future.  It remains to be seen whether they will draft a quarterback in this year's draft or roll with Robert Griffin III (or combine both aspects), but if they can hit on the extra picks they should have a boost toward their rebuild.  Of course, the last time the Browns made a big trade involving picks and got a first round pick from the Colts, they blew the pick on Johnny Manziel, so we'll have to wait and see whether the Browns capitalize on their extra picks.  At this point, however, it looks like a good deal for Cleveland and gives them plenty to work with.  And for the Eagles, if they truly believe that the quarterback they will get is a franchise player, the move makes sense - just going to show how desperate teams are for a franchise quarterback in the NFL.