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First-Round Trades Nothing New For Eagles

When the Eagles traded the No. 24 overall pick in the first round and two third-round picks inthe 2010 NFL draft to the Denver Broncos to snatch Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham, it marked the sixth time in the Andy Reid era that the team maneuvered from its original first-round draft slot.

Here's a look at the previous first-round moves.

In 2003, the Eagles dealt a first and a second-round draft pick to the San Diego Chargers to move up to No. 15 to take defensive end Jerome McDougle. He played in just 33 games over the course of his five years with the Eagles before being unceremoniously released at the end of the 2008 training camp.

In 2004, the Eagles were on the move again, this time to acquire the rights to Arkansas tackle Shawn Andrews. Again, it cost the Eagles their first and second-round picks to move up to No. 16 and it seemed worth the price - Andrews, despite missing all but one game his rookie season, started all 16 regular-season games in 2005 and 2006. He started 15 games in 2007 before a myriad of different issues derailed what was a Pro Bowl career.

After standing pat in 2005 and 2006, fans were left scratching their heads wondering why the Eagles would make a draft-day deal with their NFC East division rivals, the Dallas Cowboys, in 2007. The Eagles gave up the 26th overall pick in the first round for a second, third and a fifth-round draft choice. Dallas got pass-rushing linebacker Anthony Spencer, who registered six sacks and for the Cowboys in 2009.

The Eagles, however, took Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb with their second-round pick and then Nebraska linebacker Stewart Bradley in the third round, which solidified two pivotal positions for years to come. The added fifth-round pick helped acquire Brent Celek, who is one of the best pass catchers at his position in the game.

The Eagles decided to trade out of the first round again in the 2008 draft, trading their first-round pick to Carolina for second and fourth-round choices in the same draft plus a first-round pick in the 2009 draft.

The Panthers took offensive tackle Jeff Otah, but the Eagles, after a little more maneuvering, parlayed those picks into defensive tackle Trevor Laws and guard Mike McGlynn before dealing the 2009 first-round pick to Buffalo in the Jason Peters deal. Don't forget that the extra second-round pick allowed the Eagles to select DeSean Jackson.

The Eagles were still left with their original pick, the 21st overall, in the 2009 draft, which they dealt to Cleveland to move up to No. 19 where they selected Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. It cost the team their 21st pick and a sixth rounder to move up those two spots to acquire Maclin.

-- Posted by Steve Lienert, 11:50 p.m., April 22

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