PHILADELPHIA (AP) Adding proven veterans in trades and free agency has allowed the Philadelphia Eagles to stick to their philosophy of selecting talent over need in the NFL draft.
"We want to retool. We don't want to rebuild when we have this amount of talent on our team," said Howie Roseman, the team's executive vice president of football operations. "We don't know what we're going to need a year from now, two years from now, and we're trying to get long-term players on our team."
Focusing on filling a hole at a specific position hasn't worked out well for Philadelphia. Two examples this decade were linebacker Marcus Smith (No. 26, 2014) and guard Danny Watkins (No. 23, 2011). Smith never started a game in three seasons and Watkins was gone after two.