This morning Eagles Director of Player Personnel Ed Marynowitz gave us the Birds evaluation of the top of this year’s draft. “There are 8-10 difference makers in this year’s draft. After that, it’s up to how the team views the players”, Marynowitz said.
He said the toughest part of evaluation process is the stuff you can’t see on tape. Does the prospect fit in our culture?
This really means is the player is a Chip Kelly guy. He says they’ve changed “the best player available” philosophy to we want “the best player available for us”.
This team is going to be put together with players that Kelly likes, but Marynowitz says he’s not going to be a yes man. Meaning if he doesn’t feel good about the player, he’s going to let Kelly know it.
“I know that’s a common (perception) that everybody throws out,’’ said Marynowitz. “Is this guy just a yes man. Are you (always) going to agree (with him)?
“I’ve never been a guy to agree (with someone) just to agree. To support the head coach, I don’t believe (the best thing to do) is tell him he’s always right and everything.’’
Hopefully he does give Kelly his true opinion, so the head coach has somebody to bounce his ideas off, but Kelly has laid out clearly what he wants the team to look like.
“Not because we’re all agreeing with him but because we’re all speaking the same language,’’ he said. “We al see players in a very similar capacity. Chip has done a great job of supplying the vision to the entire organization, to the coaching staff and personnel department, of what he’s looking for in order to build a football team.
“At any type of position, he’s going to give us the parameters, give us the prototypes. Clearly communicate what he’s looking for. And it’s our responsibility to find those players.’’
I can guarantee you that there won’t be any 5’11” inside linebacker. like Mychal Kendricks on that team. There aren’t any 5’10” starting cornerbacks like Brandon Boykin on the imaginary football team that Chip Kelly described.
He said character vs. talent will always be a conversation when talking about evaluating players. The tough job for decision makers is to figure out if player has the right mindset to be a great player.
As for evaluating guys who have character flaws and have been in trouble, Marynowitz said no one is officially off our board at this point. They may not be officially off their board, but you can believe that many are practically off their board. He said next week they will go through that process and remove some players.
It’s sounding more and more like the safety who will be starting besides Malcolm Jenkins on already on the roster. I think we’ve got players on the roster who can compete to play safety next to Malcolm Jenkins
Versatility is an ability that Chip Kelly values. If you have a player who can play tackle and guard, he’s more valuable to the team than a guy who can just play guard. It like manner, a guy who can play both corner and safety is more valuable than a guy who can only play safety or cornerback.