Eagles will focus on best available player

April, 12, 2014
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As of now, the Philadelphia Eagles hold six picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

It's their fewest amount of selections since 2003.

This is subject to change since trades can be made and extra picks can always be acquired.

One year after having the No. 4 overall selection, the Eagles will pick No. 22 in the first round.

Philadelphia has its own selection in rounds one, two, three, four, five and seven. The Eagles previously had the New England Patriots' pick in the fifth round in a trade for Isaac Sopoaga, but they traded it to the New Orleans Saints in the deal for Darren Sproles.

The Eagles traded their sixth round draft pick to the Patriots in the Sopoaga trade.

In the second round, the Eagles will pick No. 54. Then in the third round, they hold the No. 86 overall selection.

Even with just six picks, the Eagles won't change their strategy of how they select players.

"The way we formulate our draft board is basically like an expansion team," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told the Philadelphia Daily News. "It's like we have no players and let's make sure we have a clear mind. It's very hard to go in and know maybe the weaknesses that you have on your team and not grade players up a little bit because of that. But we try to grade all the players in the draft like we don't have any at that position."

Roseman added that the Eagles must be focused on taking the best player available, even if it means selecting a standout player at a certain position where there isn't a specific need.

"When you look at your team and try to look out 3-4 years, it becomes increasingly difficult to see who's going to be on your team," Roseman told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I mean, this is such a fluid game. Rosters turn over 15-20 percent in a normal offseason. To sit there and be really confident in what you're going to have as you go forward, it's hard. You don't want to force a position and you don't want to not take a position just because of what you have at the moment. You have to take the best player. And you have to build your team for the long term and look at the draft as long-term decisions for your football team."

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