Eagles pre-draft presser: Howie Roseman explains trading down, Nick Sirianni talks rock, paper, scissors


With simply over every week earlier than the beginning of 2021 NFL Draft, we bought an opportunity to listen to from Eagles brass Howie Roseman, Andy Weidl, and new head coach Nick Sirianni about how they’re getting ready for one more distinctive occasion, in addition to how scouting has been affected with out the annual mix.

Right here’s what they needed to say:


On the draft course of

Roseman famous that the draft course of has been nice and Weidl elaborated a bit about working with a brand new teaching employees and coordinating issues with the scouts. When Sirianni and his employees got here to Philly that they had a convention name with the scouts to get everybody on the identical web page, and the coaches had a transparent imaginative and prescient for what they wished the offense and protection to seem like.

They’ll get the scouts collectively in particular person subsequent week, in order that chemistry and connection will proceed to construct. Weidl additionally famous that the coaches did a very good job of laying out what they wished with readability.

Sirianni was requested what he seems for from prospects, and he described expertise being crucial, however additional defined how that may look completely different for gamers. In the course of the conferences with prospects, the coaches additionally tried to learn the way a lot the participant loves soccer, whether or not he’s aggressive, whether or not he’s robust, what his soccer IQ is — as a result of expertise is vital, however all these attributes can contribute to a participant maximizing their potential.

So, sure, they’re searching for sure talent units and the way they might use them, and once they talk that with the entrance workplace, Roseman and Weidl then assign a worth for every prospect — is it somebody who might play three downs or would they be a task participant, and so on…

When requested in regards to the staff’s draft historical past, Roseman mentioned that he’s happy with the group of scouts and the entrance workplace, and identified that the draft is an inexact science. The method this 12 months with the coaches and scouts have allowed them to sit down down and maximize their 11 picks on this draft and their 4 picks within the first two rounds of subsequent 12 months’s draft.

Weidl was additionally requested what he’s realized within the 12 months at his new place, and he mentioned that it’s required lots of adjusting with a brand new teaching employees, however they’re working to search out gamers that match this system that Sirianni is establishing in Philly. The scouts are an extension of the teaching employees they usually need to exit and discover the most effective gamers to suit the tradition, and once they get alignment between the coaches and scouts, they’ll get it proper.

On buying and selling again from No. 6

“Flexibility creates alternative,” Roseman defined.

He went on to element how having an additional first spherical decide is uncommon, and having the ability to safe that in 2022 was vital. They checked out whether or not there have been 12 gamers on this draft that they felt comfy with, and once they mentioned it, they felt comfy making the transfer and felt like they have been additionally getting a premium.

Roseman talked about the way it was vital when speaking to the Dolphins, to know who was attempting to get their No. 3 decide. As soon as they realized it was the Niners, they knew three quarterbacks can be coming off the board, so it allow them to slender down who may be accessible at No. 12.

The transfer isn’t an indication that Jalen Hurts is the automated starter, and Sirianni mentioned it was too early to call a starter at any place. He emphasised that one in all his core values is competitors, they usually’ve solely been working with the fellows for 2 days, so there’s nonetheless lots of time for competitors at each place.

On no Scouting Mix or OTAs

Weidl counseled the scouts for a way they lined professional days this spring, and having the ability to get 128 interviews up to now couple months. The scouts would convey again the data they gathered to Roseman and Sirianni, and they’d then have Zoom conferences to additional study in regards to the prospects and construct these relationships. Roseman identified that Weidl did give his employees the chance to opt-out of the journey as a result of COVID, however they have been capable of make the rounds and have been dedicated to the draft course of.

Sirianni jumped in to say that it was a “implausible thought” by Roseman to have conferences with prospects by way of Zoom, and it really allowed them extra time with gamers than they might’ve sometimes had on the mix — being restricted by time and schedules. The pinnacle coach thinks they have been capable of get extra info from these conferences than they do out of Indy, and have been capable of provide you with artistic methods to check guys — for instance, Sirianni would play rock, paper, scissors to assist set up competitiveness (no, significantly).

Later, Sirianni was requested about not having OTAs this spring, and he lamented that after all they might like to have the gamers on the sector, however at the least everyone seems to be on the identical web page and it’s a great studying alternative. He likened having to adapt to the COVID state of affairs final season to soccer, the place you may count on a sure protection however they current one thing else and it’s important to adapt.

Different notables

  • On the guard place, Weidl famous that they’re properly conscious of the skills and flexibility of a number of the high prospects. Isaac Seumalo does give the staff “great flexibility” in keeping with Roseman, and has proven that he can play heart and elsewhere.
  • The staff has many late-round draft picks, and Roseman defined that they’ve studied previous late-round guys who’ve been profitable and the attributes they’ve had, but in addition famous that these picks give them extra draft capital and choices on Day 3. He emphasised, nevertheless, that they’re nonetheless searching for starters with these late-round picks, not simply guys who could possibly be back-ups.
  • Roseman was requested about vast receivers transitioning to the NFL, and he acknowledged that it’s been traditionally robust as a result of coverages in faculty being much less aggressive. However, the GM famous that it’s been getting higher the previous few years and extra wideouts are discovering early success within the NFL.
  • Sirianni talked slightly in regards to the greatest distinction for him in the course of the draft course of as a head coach. He pointed to having the ability to consider gamers at each place, which actually allowed him to see issues he might need missed when solely centered on a selected place or aspect of the ball. For instance, by evaluating a defensive finish, he was additionally capable of decide up on different subtleties of offensive lineman.
  • Roseman mentioned that Jeffery Lurie’s function hasn’t modified and he’s going to ask questions as he sees match, and he’s within the draft room and can communicate up, however he’s not over-ruling any selections that may be made.

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