General manager Howie Roseman says it’s a ‘ridiculous’ notion for him to steer clear of Philadelphia Eagles draft committee – fr

General manager Howie Roseman says it’s a ‘ridiculous’ notion for him to steer clear of Philadelphia Eagles draft committee – fr

PHILADELPHIA – With another sign of tension between Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and his scouting department appearing to rise to the surface in the 2021 NFL Draft, Roseman offered his take on the awkward trade of Friday between him and senior football adviser Tom Donahoe.
He also responded to the idea that he was stepping out of his personal draft committee to make picks.

“It’s ridiculous,” Roseman said in an appearance Tuesday on 94WIP. “Each member of our staff has their own editorial board. That’s how we write reports. [Coach] pseudo [Sirianni] has its own editorial board, [vice president of player personnel] Andy Weidl has his own draft board, Tom Donahoe has his own draft board, I have my own draft board. This is how we classify players. This is how our system is set up to do that.

“We have an Eagles Draft Committee that reflects a lot of things, and my job is to bring them together. My job is to get the coaches point of view, the scout point of view, the medical point of view, the character point of view while we do this My job is to try to reflect all of this. I listen to everyone to try to make these decisions. And at the same time, someone may be unhappy because it may not be reflected correctly in all the information I have. may not have. “

After defensive tackle Milton Williams was selected in the third round, cameras showed a deadpan Donahoe reluctantly gives Roseman a fist bump as Roseman offered his congratulations across the room. Roseman suggested Donahoe was keen on another defensive lineman – NC State’s Alim McNeill. The Eagles lost the opportunity to draft McNeill when Roseman moved up from 70th to 73rd for an additional sixth-round pick, with the Detroit Lions selecting McNeill in 72nd place.

A separate camera angle showed defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon celebrating gleefully after the Williams selection.

“Discussion and debate and having these conversations is OK. You’d rather have that passion, ”Roseman said. “Tom has been here for a long time. We have been together for 10 years, an extremely close relationship. It’s okay to have difficult conversations, and Tom and I have had a lot of them in 10 years. “

The exchange between Roseman and Donahoe comes on the heels of a 4-11-1 season full of internal dysfunctions and tension between Roseman and the scouting staff, brought about in large part by the results of the 2020 draft, as did Roseman. against the draft committee in the first two rounds and selected Jalen Reagor and Jalen Hurts against Justin Jefferson and Jeremy Chinn, sources said. Owner Jeffrey Lurie was influential in the selection of the Hurts, sources say.

Likewise, there were members of the former coaching staff under Doug Pederson who felt the front office was not weighing their views on players properly. Pederson, the only Super Bowl-winning coach in franchise history, was fired in January after he and Lurie could not be on the same page regarding their visions for the future. .

During their availability around the project, Roseman, Weidl and Sirianni all emphasized that they are working together.

“I think the only thing I learned, and I learned it a long time ago by being there [former Baltimore Ravens general manager] Ozzie Newsome, is a good listener. Be a good listener, listen to your Scouts and communicate, “Weidl said.” I think we’ve done an amazing job that I’ve really felt during this whole process over the past three days.


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