The Philadelphia Eagles receive a “D+” grade from your benevolent dictator. All teams start with an average “C” grade and then need to impress me in order to move up. Philly’s strategy didn’t impress me.
The Iggles made two trades on draft day. First they paid a hefty price to move up just three spots in the first round from No. 25 to No. 22 in order to draft OT Andre Dillard. They gave up No. 127 (4th Rd.) and No. 197 (6th Rd.) in order to move up. Later, Philly traded back four spots in the fifth round from No. 163 to No. 167 and picked up No. 246 (7th Rd.) in the process. They later traded No. 246 for DT Hassan Ridgeway.
One way to look at this trade is to simply cancel out No. 22 for No. 25 since there is essentially the exact same caliber of player available at those two spots. Same goes for No. 163 and No. 167. After eliminating both of those trades, the net of what the Eagles did was trade No. 127 (4th) and No. 197 (6th) for Ridgeway, a 2016 fourth round pick with just six career starts. As for me, I’d rather have the picks.
Overall the Eagles net trade rating is a +1 based on the Dallas Draft Value Chart, which means they essentially broke even using the old-school model. I don’t agree with that assessment. I’m pretty sure time will prove me right on this.