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2022 NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles Linked to Trade Up; Panthers, Giants Could Move Back

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVApril 26, 2022

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The Philadelphia Eagles may not be done trading draft picks yet.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Tuesday the Eagles are among the teams most interested in trading up in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft.

Philadelphia has picks No. 15 and No. 18 on Thursday night. The Eagles originally had Nos. 15, 16 and 19 but made a trade with the Saints that sent Nos. 16 and 19 to New Orleans, along with a sixth-round pick, in exchange for No. 18, a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 second-round pick and third- and seventh-round picks in 2022.

Rapoport mentioned the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants as teams that could look to trade back.

How the draft board shakes out will likely be the biggest factor in deciding whether the Eagles are aggressive in trading up. They have holes at cornerback and on the defensive line. It's unlikely any of the top prospects at either of those spots are available when they're on the clock at No. 15.

If LSU corner Derek Stingley Jr. or Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux falls, it's possible the Eagles start burning up the phone lines. Stingley's doubters point to his inconsistent production and injuries since a breakout freshman season, while Thibodeaux has faced questions about his motor and commitment to football.

Both have All-Pro talent if they reach their potential, so the Eagles could feel comfortable taking a risk to move up with their assets if one of them falls.

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