Howie Roseman And Eagles Want To Avoid Overemphasizing The CombineBREAKING NEWS, Eagles Draft, News, NFLDraft Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
The NFL Combine will take place this weekend in Indianapolis. Eagles GM Howie Roseman is looking forward to it, but he’s intent on putting too much weight on what happens there. He and the Eagles players personnel staff want to make sure they don’t allow the Combine to have too much influence on their draft board. Right now, their draft board has been set based on the video tapes they have watched of the draft prospects in action during games.
Putting less emphasis on the Senior Bowl and Combine performances, along with the Pro Day results is the correction the Eagles made prior to the 2012 draft. They don’t want to let the “Underwear Olympics” change their perceptions of this year’s prospects, so that they go back and completely rearrange their draft board.
“There are certain positions where you look at the height, weight, speed”, Roseman said. “Maybe a guy doesn’t test well or tests well, so you go back and evaluate the tape, evaluate the player. But it really shouldn’t change drastically. I think some of the problems you get into is you get into the Senior Bowl, you get into the Combine and all of a sudden your board changes drastically. It’s got to be back on the tape.”
The other change the Birds want to make from past draft is selecting the best player on the board and not letting the team’s position needs become a priority. That’s the reason they gave for drafting Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett, whom the rest of the league had penciled in as a fifth round or later selection.
Former Eagles President Joe Banner has been blamed for be the main source of stressing position needs too much during the draft process.
Right now, I expect them to draft Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher or Utah’s Star Lotuleilei with that fourth pick. I also wouldn’t be shocked if they traded down. I expect Texas A&M offensive tackle Luke Joeckel to go in the first three picks and think Fisher will still be there for the Birds.
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