The Eagles haven’t exactly dominated the NFL Draft over the past decade. They’ve whiffed on early round picks, but have had some success in the middle to later rounds. We know this.
But Howie Roseman, in a lengthy conversation after an appearance as a panelist at a Widener University conference yesterday afternoon, shared some insight on how the Eagles will approach the NFL Scouting Combine and the ensuing NFL Draft.
Roseman spoke of how the Eagles prefer to focus on a player’s career, only using pre-draft workouts to help complete their picture or make slight adjustments to their draft board, unless, of course, something unforseen occurs.
“If you have guys that you rate very highly and your doctors tell you they have longevity issues, that’s going to affect where you take them,” Roseman said. “That’s the No. 1 thing. The second part is getting information. We talk about a whole piece of the puzzle here. Really, their playing career is the most part of that puzzle, but the more you can meet them, the more you can be around them, the more you can complete that picture.”
Though the Eagles struggled last year and many have criticized Roseman (and rightfully so), this offseason will mark his first “regular” offseason as Eagles GM. Last year, the rookie general manager had to navigate through the turbulence of the NFL lockout and the various complications it presented.
For his part, he’s taken those criticisms in stride.
“I understand the nature of the city, and I love it,” Roseman said. “It’s a passionate place, and they want nothing more than what we want, to win a world championship. The expectations are high, and the expectations are high for all of us. I understand the other part of it.”
That’s great. But now he has to prove he understands how to build a winning football team.