NEW YORK: The Philadelphia Eagles acquired the second overall selection in the upcoming NFL draft in a trade on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) with the Cleveland Browns, who received five selections over the next two years in the deal.
The Eagles, who had been looking to trade up for a higher draft pick, are expected to take a quarterback — either the University of California’s Jared Goff or North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, depending on who is available after the Los Angeles Rams make the number one overall selection.
Last week the Rams acquired the top pick from the Tennessee Titans and are expected to select either Goff or Wentz when the draft begins on April 28.
In Wednesday’s deal, the Browns get three selections in this year’s draft from Philadelphia — the eighth overall and the Eagles’ third-round and fourth-round picks.
The Browns also get Philadelphia’s first-round pick in next year’s draft and the Eagles’ 2018 second-round pick.
The Eagles will get the Browns’ 2016 first-round pick (No. 2 overall) and a fourth-round pick from the Browns in 2017.
While Philadelphia are expected to take either Goff or Wentz with the second overall selection, Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman voiced support on Wednesday for current quarterback Sam Bradford.
“Let me be clear, Sam Bradford is our starting quarterback. We told Sam that. We intend to support him and the moves we made this offseason we believe will give us a chance to compete this season.”
In 1999, the Eagles took quarterback Donovan McNabb as the second overall selection. He was mentored by then-quarterback Doug Pederson — who is now the Eagles’ head coach — before becoming the team’s starting signal-caller.