It Should Be Best Player Available For EaglesBREAKING NEWS, Eagles, General News, News Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
The Eagles must decide whether addressing their needs is the smartest move or taking the “Best Player Available” is the right move with that first pick in this draft. I want to see them take the “Best Player Available” with that 14th pick.
There’s no question that the Eagles have desperate needs at the cornerback position, but I want to see them grab the highest rated player on their draft board when they make the selection in the first round. If for some reason, there’s an edge pass rusher, like Derek Barnett, Solomon Thomas or Taco Charlton, who is the highest-rated player, I want them to select him. If that player is a wide receiver, like Corey Davis, Mike Williams, or John Ross, I want them to select him. The same is true with a running back, like Darvin Cook, Christian McCaffery or Leonard Fournette.
Some of the most successful franchises in the NFL draft the Best Player Available in the first few rounds, then they address their needs after that. They ignore their needs and draft the highest rated player on their draft board, because they have learned that you can’t afford to get caught reaching early and miss the pick. Many times the needs of a team will blind them into reaching on a player that shouldn’t be drafted at the pick or even in that round.
Reaching can make a team deaf to alarms about the player’s character. Reaching can make a team blind to the fact that the guy doesn’t have the passion to a great NFL player. Remember when the Eagles drafted the fireman. The Eagles can’t afford to get caught reaching on that 14th pick.
Of course, a player ability or inability to stay healthy is part of their grade. A player, who has already shown that they have challenges staying healthy, will see their grade suffer because of it.
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