NFL Draft 2021: Teams believe Eagles want to trade up for cornerback | Why that makes sense

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The Eagles are working some major smokescreens leading up to Thursday’s NFL Draft.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, multiple teams in the top 10 believe the Eagles are trying to trade up to land a top-tier cornerback. As NJ Advance Media has written multiple times in the lead-up to the draft, the Eagles can easily trade up with 11 picks at their disposal.

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In this writer’s final first-round pick, the Eagles traded up to the ninth overall pick to take Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain.

The Eagles’ biggest need entering the draft is cornerback. The team didn’t sign a cornerback in free agency, and Darius Slay — the No. 1 coverage man — is the only player on the depth chart of note.

The Eagles traded back from No. 6 to No. 12 in March, knowing that the top 10 would be heavy with offensive picks, pushing the top defensive talent into the 11-20 range. Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon and defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson are both former scouts and could have some say in the team’s top pick, especially if the target is a cornerback.

The Eagles own four picks in the first three rounds, so they could package No. 12 with either of their third-round picks — No. 70 or No. 84 — to move into the top 10 and jump the Dallas Cowboys, who own the 10th overall pick.

While the whispers make sense, the Eagles could be selling that they want a cornerback, only to trade up for a wide receiver or … a quarterback. It’ll be interesting to see how it all plays out on Thursday night.

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