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Did 2007 Trade Net Two First-Round Picks?

History is correct when it states that the Eagles did not make a pick in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

The Eagles sent the 26th overall pick that year to the Dallas Cowboys - the Dallas Cowboys?!? - for a second-round pick, a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick. With those extra picks, the Eagles came away with quarterback Kevin Kolb, middle linebacker Stewart Bradley and tight end Brent Celek.

It is said that it takes three years to truly evaluate a draft, although on Thursday night there will be instant grades handed out on who the teams select in the first round. Bucky Brooks from decided to take a look back at the 2007 selection meeting and wondered what would happen if that draft were held today? How much different would it look?

The Eagles, according to Brooks, essentially came away with two first-round picks.

Brooks had the Cleveland Browns selecting Kolb to be the franchise quarterback at No. 22 instead of Brady Quinn, who was traded this off-season to the Denver Broncos.

"After watching the failures of JaMarcus Russell and Brady Quinn, Kolb might be the best quarterback to emerge from the 2007 draft class," Brooks wrote. "Although he only has two career starts under his belt, his back-to-back games with more than 300 yards last season is far more noteworthy than any of the performances of his classmates."

Kolb was the third quarterback selected in that year's draft with the 36th overall pick. Russell was the No. 1 pick overall in the draft.

The second first-round pick was an even bigger steal for the Eagles. The Baltimore Ravens would use the 29th overall pick on Celek, who was a fifth-round choice (162nd overall).

"Celek enjoyed a breakout season in 2009, and flashed the potential to become a difference-maker as a deep middle threat," Brooks wrote.

The Ravens used that pick in 2007 on Auburn guard Ben Grubbs.

While fans may have been upset at the Eagles not using a first-round pick in 2007, it looks like they are now reaping the rewards of that bold trade.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:00 p.m., April 17

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