PHILADELPHIA -- Once the NFL draft begins on Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles’ brass will meet in the war room.
It sounds complicated but the process is actually rather simple.
General manager Howie Roseman detailed the action in a pre-draft meeting with reporters last week.
“It's a small room,” Roseman said. “Just to kind of picture it, we have a front table that's overlooking the board. At that table is ownership, myself, coach [Chip Kelly], Tom Gamble and usually one other member of our personnel staff who will help out by pulling cards and talking about stuff. Then we have a back table with our pro director, who's Rick Mueller right now, and two other scouts are back there including our college director [Anthony Patch]. Our head trainer [Chris Peduzzi] is back there, as well. Then we have someone dealing with trade scenarios and points and value and just making sure we're not missing anything. That's our room. All the scouts and coaches come in for picks.
“It's a very calm room. When we make a pick, it's exciting, but during the process of being on the clock it's quiet. If we're on the phone, we're able to have those conversations about weighing the options and, really, it's laid out for us. I'm a big believer in calm decisions during calm times so we're not all of a sudden going, ‘Man, we're jumping that guy [on the board].' All those things have been done, all the work's been done. It's sort of like during a game, third-and-5, here's the play sheet, here are the plays and what you are going to call off. It's not a lot of decision making other than weighing the trade offers, and we've gone over those scenarios, too – would we move out [of our pick] if this player's on [the board]? What if we got this offer? We go through it all.”
The Eagles have their draft board ready. So does every other team.
That’s what makes each draft day so intriguing. Anything can happen.
“That's the amazing thing about this,” Roseman said. “You always feel like whatever you think, everyone else is thinking because you feel so strongly about this. You've spent so much time with these guys. There's no way that 31 other teams don't have this guy in the first round. Then you talk to guys after the draft, and they're going, 'I don't like that guy.' Maybe their three games they saw were the three worst games of this guy's career. You hear a lot of the talk about guys and you're going, 'I didn't see that at all.' It's the same as women; I may like brunettes. You may like blondes. You may look at someone differently than I do, but you're very convinced about that. That's our draft room.”