Ah, the NFL Draft. A weekend filled with emotions. Teams are often jubilated to get their guys, while the players themselves are often surrounded by their families to celebrate the biggest moment of their lives. Then, there are the other emotions…as Howie Roseman proved tonight.
It seemed as though the Philadelphia Eagles were having a great NFL Draft. Trading back three spots with the Carolina Panthers, the team picked up a crazily athletic DT in Milton Williams. On the ESPN broadcast, the cameras cut to the Eagles’’War Room’ and what followed was as magical as it was scary.
Howie Roseman, knowing the cameras would be on him, galloped around the room bumping fists with his colleagues. He took a long walk over to Tom Donahoe, the senior director of player personnel and tried to do the same. The problem was that Tom didn’t appear to happy…
I’m not a lip-reader, but on our NFL Draft stream, we presumed that Donahoe, who has served in this role since 2012, said something along the lines of ‘stick to the board’. This left Roseman in a position where all he could do was his best Michael Scott/David Brent impression.
In all seriousness, this is a little concerning. Just a week or so after Roseman was preaching being on the same page as his scouting staff, seeing someone so high up the pecking order take a very active disagreement to the selection of Williams should raise some alarm bells.
We’ve seen plenty of noise over the offseason concerning Roseman and the disconnect between himself and the scouting team. Here’s to hoping that this was an overreaction or a mild disagreement as opposed to something that has been brewing over the course of the week…
Roseman responded to the video later on:
The Eagles have 8 draft picks remaining and will be back on the clock when the Draft resumes tomorrow afternoon at 2PM EST.
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