Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman vows to select the best players available on draft day, regardless of position. That’s a nice cliché and great strategy all rolled into one clever sound bite, but it’s not always entirely practical.
There’s no denying need dictates picks to a certain degree. If the Eagles are on the clock with the No. 22 pick in this year’s draft, and there are or two players on the board with similar or equal grades, which one is the team going to pick?
My guess it would be the player who fills the most immediate and glaring hole. Assuming that is the case, it’s probably best if the Eagles weigh which needs are actually their greatest heading into the draft. No doubt they already have, and if you happened to be a fly on the wall at the NovaCare Complex the day it was discussed, this is what that list might’ve looked like.
*All contract lengths and salaries courtesy of Spotrac.