Business is slowly picking up again for the Philadelphia Eagles as full-squad offseason team activities get underway this week at the NovaCare Complex. On Monday, we looked at some of the latest reports and analysis surrounding the Birds. Today, we’re focusing on the most intriguing storylines for the club’s 22 rookies.
One such story is what many of the young athletes the Eagles are targeting have in common. One look at the 2014 draft class and it’s very evident the front office had a very specific type of pedigree in mind when evaluating players.
Zach Berman for the Philadelphia Inquirer notes six of the Eagles seven draft picks will have earned their college degrees by the end of spring. Furthermore, three of the seven have or had a family member in the NFL.
So it’s not just college production and accolades the Eagles were scouting. It wasn’t just film and 40-yard dashes, either. The front office was after intelligent athletes with football backgrounds.
Ahead, we delve deeper into some of the cool stories surrounding a handful of players whose pro football careers are only in their infancy.