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15 Eagles takeaways from Joe Douglas and Howie Roseman's pre-draft media conference

Here's what we learned.


Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas sat down with Philadelphia media on Thursday morning to talk about the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft and other Eagles topics. Here’s a look at some of the biggest takeaways.

Joe Mixon might be on the Eagles’ board

The Eagles have had multiple opportunities to say Mixon isn’t on their board (as some other teams have), but they haven’t done so.

For what it’ worth, recent reports indicate the Eagles do have owner permission to draft Mixon and they’re considering him.

The Eagles believe Joe Mixon is a really good football player

Here’s what Doug Pederson said about Mixon last month:

And now here’s what Roseman and Douglas had to say about Mixon’s talent.

The Eagles’ market factors in to taking players with character concerns

Could the Eagles deal with the backlash if they drafted Mixon? They had to deal with a lot of criticism when they signed Michael Vick, so that’s something to consider.

The Eagles feel several positions are deep

If the Eagles truly feel these positions are deep, perhaps they’ll wait beyond round one to address them. Notice how defensive end, a direction the Eagles could easily go at pick No. 14, wasn’t mentioned here.

Offensive line might seem like a curious inclusion here. I think Douglas’ point here is the class offers more talent later on than it is top heavy.

Deep class doesn’t necessarily mean the Eagles will be patient

The Eagles have a lot of cornerbacks on their board

Good news for a team that needs a lot of cornerback help.

Here’s a look at the defensive backs the Eagles have hosted on pre-draft visits.

The Eagles believe Gareon Conley is an unbelievable talent

Conley is rumored to be one of five players the Eagles are considering with the No. 14 pick. He’s gotten a lot of buzz lately.

Joe Douglas is around to help keep Howie Roseman in check

Jeffrey Lurie noted that Douglas sets the board and Roseman has the final say.

The Eagles may or may not draft a running back in the first

Philadelphia hasn’t drafted a running back in the first round since 1986.

Last year, Roseman didn’t seem to be totally opposed to the idea of a first round running back. I’d personally be shocked if the team drafted a rusher at No. 14.

The Eagles are not bothered by Christian McCaffrey turning down private workouts

The Eagles still feel good about Zach Ertz despite a slow start last year

The NFL Draft being in Philadelphia won’t impact the team’s draft strategy

The Eagles say this but can you imagine the reaction if they traded out of the first round? So many boos. Alternatively, they might get a lot of cheers for trading up into the late first round.

How the Eagles determine grades

Something to keep in mind if/when the Eagles draft Charles Harris. ;)

Howie Roseman feels like a year off really helped him

Roseman said this a lot last year but he’s saying it again.

The Eagles won’t draft a quarterback in the first round


Watch a portion of the Joe Douglas and Howie Roseman press conference below via BGN’s Facebook Page (please like on our page!)

Howie and Doug speaking at NovaCare

Posted by Bleeding Green Nation: For Philadelphia Eagles Fans on Thursday, April 20, 2017

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