NFC Notes: Eagles, Panthers, Washington


After trading down and acquiring another first-round pick in 2022, the Eagles traded back into the top ten for WR DeVonta Smith. But another course of action that they presumably could have taken would have been to take the Bears’ offer of a future first to move back in the first round. If the pick they got from the Colts for Carson Wentz converted into a first, it would have given Philadelphia four first-round picks in 2022 and almost unlimited flexibility to go after a star quarterback. 

“They would have had four first-round picks next year and could have gotten Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson,” an exec said via the Athletic’s Mike Sando. “I mean, I can’t think of a team that has ever had four first-round picks in one year. They literally would be in the driver’s seat to get the first overall pick if a quarterback is there or get one of these veterans who will be available next year. Who could offer something better than four ones?”


  • The Panthers decided to select WR Terrace Marshall with the No. 59 pick after being made aware that the Saints were likely to take him with the very next pick at No. 60, according to Darin Gantt of
  • Gantt writes that the Panthers were preparing to take T Brady Christensen with the pick, but later traded back up in the draft and acquired the BYU tackle anyway at pick No. 70. The Saints ended up taking Ohio State LB Pete Werner with the No. 60 pick.


Washington DC Jack Del Rio said Landon Collins will play safety this season instead of moving to linebacker.

“I asked him to be just a little bit lighter this year,” Del Rio said via “I think another year in the system, understanding what we do, how we do it, making sure he’s in the right place at the right time and that he can be the impactful player that we think he’s capable of being.”

Del Rio also said the team will play Benjamin St-Juste at corner.

“He’s got exceptional quickness. He had a 6.6 3-cone [drill], which is unheard of,” Del Rio said. “And so for a guy [who is] 6-3 to do that shows you the short-area quickness.”

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