2020 NFL Draft grades: Eagles increased odds to hit on Day 3 of draft


Sixth- and seventh-round Eagles draft picks Shaun Bradley, Quez Watkins and Casey Toohill are all intriguing in their own right.

But we can't really discuss the merits of these prospects without looking at how the Eagles came to hold the 196th, 200th, 233rd picks in the draft in the first place.

It began with the Eagles traded No. 146 -- a compensatory pick that originated from Golden Tate's departure last year -- to the Cowboys for 164 and a fifth-round pick in 2021. Next, the Eagles sent 164 to the Dolphins for 173 and 227. And finally, 173 and 227 were shipped to the Bears for picks 196, 200 and 233.

I suppose you could argue trading with a division rival isn't a good idea, especially considering Dallas turned around and took its new presumptive starting center, Tyler Biadasz. Presumably, there were also superior prospects to be had at the end of Round 4 than those remaining in the sixth and seventh.

But a better way of looking at it is the Eagles began the day holding one lottery ticket -- a late fourth-rounder is far removed from a surefire NFL player, if there is such a thing -- and turned it into four.

Then they proceeded to use three of those lottery tickets on three of the fastest players at their respective positions: Bradley, a three-year starter at linebacker and special teams ace for Temple; Watkins, whose 4.35 40 time was the second-best among receivers in his class; and Toohill, a pure pass-rusher made for the wide-9.

If even one of the three pans out, it was a successful trade -- and there's still a fifth left next year.

Of course, if Biadasz goes on to become the keystone of the Cowboys' offensive line for the next decade, this might not look so hot down the road. The grade has to account for that possibility.
Sometimes, you just can't worry about what your opponents are doing. The Eagles got tremendous value, some nice-looking prospects and a little extra draft capital for the future. When you get to Day 3 of the draft, that's about all you can ask.

Grade: A-

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