Before the season, I compared us to the 2021 Philadelphia Eagles. We were both teams that had really good running games, but needed to get better basically everywhere else outside of a few really good players. I thought we were going to be beneficiaries of our schedule, and like the 2021 Eagles, go into the offseason at 8-9 or 9-8 and have a ton of assets to make our team a lot better the next year.
Like the 2021 Eagles, we both started the season poorly, and like the 2021 Eagles, we are hitting our stride in November. We are now looking at a favorable schedule for the rest of the season and have an outside shot at the playoffs if we don’t screw it up.
The Eagles last offseason can hopefully be a blueprint for what we can become. Obviously they’re working with a 2nd round rookie QB contract and we’re dealing with Goff, but we are also probably getting a top 6 pick in the draft they didn’t get from the Rams. The Eagles went in to the offseason with 3 1st round picks but they only ended up making one of those selections. One was traded to New Orleans for their 1st round pick this year about a month before the draft, and the other pick they traded was for AJ Brown, who is clearly one of their best players this year and is making a huge impact.
What if we did something similar?
Who says we have to take a rookie corner with that second 1st round pick? What if we went and traded for a top corner who can step in day one and produce at an elite level?
Who would we trade that pick for? I have absolutely no idea, and I also have no idea what position on the defense we would target, but it would make sense for it to be corner.
But what do you think about this idea? Obviously it matters where our pick ends up also, because trading the 10th pick is an entirely different conversation than trading the 16th pick.