Trotter has been selected to announce the Eagles’ second and third-round selections in this year’s draft. Beginning in 2010, the NFL Draft began to operate using the following format; Day 1 (Thursday): Round 1, Day 2 (Friday): Rounds 2 and 3, Day 3 (Saturday): Rounds 4-7. The opportunity to take advantage of two prime-time, night-time television slots on Thursday and Friday nights was just too attractive for the NFL to ignore.
The Eagles hold the 35th overall draft-pick in the second round and the 67th overall pick in the third round, at least as of now, pending potential trades prior to, or during, the draft.
With all of the public’s focus centered on the Eagles’ prized first-round, fourth-overall selection, the team’s options in later rounds have gone under-analyzed. The Eagles have obvious needs across their entire secondary and defensive line, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they decided to snatch up a couple of high-profile defenders in the draft’s second and third rounds.
It’s possible that the Eagles will actually go for a defensive lineman with their first-round pick, as University of Utah DT Star Lotulelei and University of Oregon DE/LB Dion Jordan have both clearly been on the organization’s favorites list throughout the entire off-season.
Trotter was a third-round selection himself, when the Eagles’ nabbed the Stephen F. Austin State University product with the 72nd overall pick of the 1998 NFL Draft. Eight of Trotter’s twelve NFL seasons were spent in Philly, where he was a two-time All-Pro selection and was invited to four Pro Bowls.
Due to the bust-heavy nature of the NFL Draft’s early rounds, it is not likely that the Eagles will acquire a player as iconic as Trotter, but they are in dire need of some sort of spark on their defensive line.
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