By Ed Benkin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Howie Roseman wishes the Eagles weren’t picking so high in the upcoming draft.
However, the Eagles general manager did acknowledge picking high has its advantages.
A 4-12 finish in 2012 gave the Eagles the fourth selection in the first round. Roseman says picking fourth will give them a clear vision of who they will be able to take when it’s time to pick on draft day.
“We hopefully will never be picking there again,” Roseman said. “But you are able to put your four guys on the board and know you’ll be able to get one of those four guys and put them in the right order. If something doesn’t work, you can just pull them off one by one.”
Picking fourth should result in one of the most talented players in the draft coming to Philadelphia. Roseman says the team will likely take the best player available but positions of need may be considered depending on who remains on the board.
“We think we’ve stacked the board in a way where the best player is going to come off when we’re picking,” Roseman said. “We’re not going to get where we are taking a guy ten slots down just because we have a need.”
This will be the first draft since 1998 which won’t involve Andy Reid, who was fired in the offseason. Roseman believes little will change concerning how the front office approaches the draft now that Chip Kelly has taken over the head coaching reigns.
“I don’t think it changes so much,” said Roseman. “I think we streamlined the process a little bit last year in terms of the board and funneling down the information to the coaches. Coach Kelly and his staff have been great assets for us.”
The first night of the draft will be April 25th.