The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is just a week away. Construction of the NFL Draft experience continues over on the Ben Franklin Parkway as excitement mounts both throughout the City of Philadelphia and throughout the rest of the NFL world.
On Thursday, Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas sat down with local reporters to offer a bit of insight into how the Eagles’ draft board comes together and how things will play out heading into the draft weekend.
“For us, we’ve got to get to 14 players. We’ve got to put the first 14 guys on the board and be very comfortable with the 14th guy on our board, and that goes for every scenario,” Roseman explained. “That goes for if there are zero quarterbacks drafted, if there’s two quarterbacks drafted, just using a position that we’re not going to take.
“Then we go through the scenarios of, ‘Alright, our highest ranked guy is there at pick X. Are we moving up? If we’re moving up, what are we trading for it? At the same time, you’ve got to be flexible. I think that’s one of the things – We had a set amount, in the past, that we would trade for a guy and if the team asked for a little more than we’d be like, ‘No, we’re done.’ Well if they ask for a little more, are we going to do that? I think that’s one of the lessons that I’ve learned. It’s not so much about winning the draft. It’s about getting the right players for the Philadelphia Eagles.”
This draft will be Douglas’ first since joining the Eagles, after spending his career in player personnel with the Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears. Douglas brings a bit of a different perspective to the Eagles, as the front office operates with a bit of different evaluation process than in previous years.
“I’ll just say this, our system isn’t based on rounds,” Douglas explained. “Our system is based on the Philadelphia Eagles and exactly how that player fits the Philadelphia Eagles.”
That concept was brought up multiple times by both Roseman and Douglas, and as the duo look to help this team reach its full potential, they explained that the pairing has been very smooth since Douglas joined the team last May.
“Since he’s been here, have we done everything that I’ve wanted to do? No. Have we done everything that he wanted to do? No. But have we done everything that’s right for the Philadelphia Eagles? Yes,” Roseman said. “Some of that is humbling when you have to admit mistakes. We want to do whatever it takes to bring a winning product to this city, and we feel like we have a lot of responsibility to the people who work in the building, on and off the field, to our fans, and we’re committed to doing whatever it takes to do that in the long term in building a team that everyone’s proud of.”
Building a draft board is no simple task. Months and months of evaluations go into putting together the blueprint for which direction the team goes into during the draft, but the big picture is always kept in…