Eagles GM Howie Roseman talks draft

May, 2, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- Many NFL teams have more selections in the upcoming draft than the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles have just six.

The New York Jets, for example, have 12.

But thanks to a pair of strong draft classes in 2012 and '13, the Eagles feature 13 of those 17 picks on their current roster.

So having just six picks isn't all bad.

"I'd like to have 15 (picks), but we've got to get the right guys, and I think that's the most important thing," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said at a pre-draft gathering on Thursday. "And then you factor in some of the pre-existing guys here and some of the guys we brought into free agency, and I think if we found a guy that we thought could be a long-term, high-level starter and he was the highest guy on our board, whatever round that was, I'd still think we'd be aggressive about that, even though there would be a knot in my stomach."

The Eagles hold the No. 22 overall pick in the first round and Roseman isn't afraid of trading up if the right player remains on the board.

"We would not be concerned with that if we felt like the value of the player is right," Roseman said. "That's the name of the game. We're not going to make any move unless it's based on our board, so to sit here and know we're going to move up, move down, if we have a guy that's in the top five in our draft, and he's falling? Would we look at that? No question."

The Eagles can't possibly plug every gap in the draft. They can continue to add to their depth with quality selections.

"When you look at the Super Bowl champions over the last couple years and you break down their team, you probably could pick some weaknesses that they have," Roseman said. "And so as much as we don't want that to be and we'd like to have 22 perfect players at each position, we understand that it's a work in progress. The roster's always going to be like that, and we have to be comfortable that we may have to go into August or September with a spot that we're continuing to look for. I think that's a great challenge for us and our personnel staff to say, ‘We're going to look at the wire, we're going to look at guys who were cut, but we have to stick to our board,' because the draft is a long-term decision for us.

"So we don't know where we're going to be two or three years from now, and so it doesn't affect the way we stack our board, and for us, quality is going to trump quantity. Obviously, you'd always like to have more picks, but it is what it is at this point."

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