Howie Roseman told reporters at this years NFL Combine that the Eagles will look at players that can stay in Philadelphia for years to come. Roseman believes that drafting the best player available is the way to go rather than drafting for need. Last year, the Eagles obviously wanted their franchise leader in Carson Wentz. That pick was a no brainer. Howie Roseman does not have the best track record with drafting prospects in the past. So why should anybody trust Howie Roseman to make the right call this time?
Personally speaking, I believe Howie Roseman is a mediocre General Manager. Roseman is great at bringing in Free Agents. The big signings haven’t always panned out but the fact that Roseman can land the big names is very impressive. The drafting Howie Roseman is the worst. Remember Danny Watkins? That was Howie’s 1st round selection in the 2011 draft. Roseman also drafted OLB/DE Marcus Smith who has yet to make an impact in Philadelphia. Roseman did however get it right in 2012 and drafted Fletcher Cox who has turned into a 100 million dollar player.
When the Philadelphia Eagles cut ties with former Coach Chip Kelly the Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie said he will hold people accountable. Well a 7-9 record isn’t good and that has a lot to do with the GM. The pressure has to be on Howie to produce this year and that is why Roseman must land a gem in this year’s draft or he is gone next year.
Drafting the best available is great for a team like the Patriots that literally don’t have glaring needs. The Eagles aren’t in a position to do that. If the Eagles don’t take either a WR or CB in the 1st than Howie is just asking to be fired. The Eagles will be in the middle of the 1st round draft order and will have the opportunity to draft the upper tier prospects. According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, these prospects rank amongst the best at the their position:
Eagles Needs: WR,CB,RB
Top 5 WR Prospects (According to Mike Mayock)
- Corey Davis, Western Michigan
- Mike Williams, Clemson
- John Ross, Washington
- Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
- Zay Jones, ECU
Top 5 RB Prospects (According to Mike Mayock)
- Dalvin Cook, FSU
- Leonard Fournette, LSU
- Christian Mccaffrey, Stanford
- Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
- Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Top 5 CB Prospects (According to Mike Mayock)
- Sidney Jones, Washington
- Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
- Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
- Teez Tabor, Florida
- Tre’Davious White, LSU
The Eagles main focus should be Carson Wentz and it is crucial to surround him with playmakers. That is why Roseman needs to go big this year and if he doesn’t, look for Jeffrey Lurie to send Roseman home.