Philadelphia Eagles: Compensatory picks could define the 2020 NFL Draft

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For the second consecutive season, the Philadelphia Eagles have been awarded a ton of midround compensatory draft compensation going into the 2020 NFL Draft.

After much anticipation, the NFL has finally released the compensatory picks for the 2020 NFL Draft, and fortunately for fans in the 215, the Philadelphia Eagles landed three very, very good ones.

One year to the month removed from letting a slew of players walk in free agency, specifically Nick Foles, Jordan Hicks, and Golden Tate, the Eagles will receive an additional third-round pick (103rd overall) and two fourth-round picks (145th and 146th overall) when the draft rolls around a little over a month from now.

And believe you me, these picks could go a long way in defining the Eagles’ fortunes for the foreseeable future.

Now strapped with 10 picks, including seven in the first four rounds alone, the Eagles will have plenty of firepower to move around the board as they see fit and add as much talent as possible after presumably filling some obvious holes on their depth chart in free agency.

That means Howie Roseman should be able to draft for need, draft the best player available, trade up, trade down, really, whatever he likes.

Since compensatory picks can be traded as of 2019, the Eagles could package pick 103 with any of their other selections to move up in the first round if they identify a wide receiver they believe is can’t miss, a receiver like Henry Ruggs III or CeeDee Lamb. The Eagles could also opt to move down, or even trade out of the first round entirely, and expand their war chest even further.

Could the Eagles potentially even package their three Day-3 picks together and trade back into the back of the first round to secure a ball-hawking cornerback like Jeff Gladney after drafting his Big 12 counterpart Denzel Mims at 21? My goodness, the possibilities are endless.

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While the Philadelphia Eagles still have to wade through a dense free-agent class, hopefully adding some difference-makers in the process, the 2020 NFL Draft just got a whole lot more interesting.