Football fans and members of the media will obsess over the Scouting Combine for the next week, but Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman says we shouldn’t.
Asked in an interview on the team’s website how much the Combine will change the Eagles’ draft board, Roseman answered, “I hope not much.”
Roseman added that the Eagles’ scouts have already watched a lot of tape on a lot of college players, and that he doesn’t want to allow one fast 40-yard dash to outweigh what they’ve seen players produce on the field.
“It really shouldn’t change drastically,” Roseman said. “I think some of the problems you get into is you get into the Senior Bowl, you get into the Combine and all of a sudden your board changes drastically. It’s got to be back on the tape.”
Roseman says the Eagles will pick the best players available, rather than drafting for need. And the best players are the ones who have looked good in a helmet and shoulder pads, not in shorts and T-shirts.