Draft Day decision makers: Philadelphia Eagles
While Head Coach Andy Reid has the final say on personnel issues, it seems that the Eagles, as an organization have pulled some of that responsibility back from him. New General Manger Howie Roseman seems to have a lot more say than his predecessor did. While the two work closely together it seems Reid has had to give up some of his power to keep his job. College Scouting Director, Ryan Grigson, always insures that this team is very prepared on draft day, and as an organization they rarely make a mistake in the first round. These three seem to work well together, and can usually come to a consensus on who is the best player available. That is the strategy they generally invoke in their war room.
This brain trust tends to prioritize lineman and defensive backs, especially in the first round. However they stay to a strict best player available strategy. They have been known to trade up for a specific player or trade down to stockpile extra picks. For the 2010 draft we may see them jump up a few picks in the first round and land one of the top rated DB prospects. With the 24th pick in the first round, and the fifth pick in the second (acquired in the Donovan McNabb deal) they would be in an ideal situation to move up and get the DB they desperately need.
Over the last five years this organization has an above average grade in the draft. In that time frame they have made 45 draft picks and produced one pro bowler. Ten of those picks are starters, while seventeen more are backups. Eighteen of them are currently out of the league or playing for different teams.
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