The Philadelphia Eagles have continuously been burned by picking for need in the first round of the NFL drafts. Which is why it seems the strategy has changed for the draft.
The tipping point came with the Eagles first round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft. In a draft that contained a large crop of young star players, the Eagles selected guard Danny Watkins with the 23rd overall pick. Watkins was a pick based mostly on need, as the Eagles were playoff contenders and simply felt they needed pass protection. Watkins quickly became a bust, he was originally projected to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, however he never showed the skill necessary. After two years he was cut by the Eagles, and a week later was signed by the Miami Dolphins.
Ever since this draft, Eagles General Manager (GM) Howie Roseman has alluded to the idea that the Eagles are not as close to a Super Bowl Championship as previously thought, and that they should draft based on the best available player more than need.
I prefer this strategy, because when you draft based on the best available player, you are less likely to get burned by a bad pick. That being said, what will the Eagles do if a top quarterback slips through the cracks and is available for them to pick? Should they go quarterback if that is the best available? To answer this question, we first need to understand the Eagles current quarterback situation.