The Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints have significantly reshaped the landscape of the 2022 and 2023 NFL drafts.
In a trade Monday that included eight overall picks, the Eagles are set to send the Nos. 16 and 19 picks in the first round to the Saints, who will send the No. 18 pick this year and a 2023 first-round selection back to Philadelphia.
The Eagles also will receive third- and seventh-round picks this year as well as a second-round pick in 2024, while the Saints will receive a sixth-round pick in 2022.
Philadelphia had been the only team scheduled to have three first-round draft picks in 2022, thanks to its deals last year with the Indianapolis Colts and Miami Dolphins. Instead, the Eagles will have two selections both this year and in 2023. Next year’s quarterback class is expected to be an improvement over this year’s group, which could be a factor for an Eagles team still evaluating incumbent starter Jalen Hurts.
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) runs with the ball past New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Shy Tuttle (99) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field.
New Orleans will have additional ammo to reload as it transitions from longtime coach Sean Payton to Dennis Allen. A left tackle could be on the team’s wish list after three-time Pro Bowl selection Terron Armstead left in free agency to sign with the Dolphins.
The trade is just the latest shake-up to the first round of this year’s draft, as eight teams are currently set to be without a pick on the first day after making deals.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NFL draft 2022: Eagles, Saints trade multiple first-round picks