Howie Roseman explains Eagles NFL Draft fist-bump awkwardness

Eagles common supervisor Howie Roseman is doing harm management after senior soccer adviser Tom Donahoe seemingly shaded his fist bump Friday in a viral video in the course of the 2021 NFL Draft.

On Tuesday, Roseman gave his perspective of the cringeworthy second, which occurred after the Eagles chosen Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Milton Williams with the 73rd decide within the third spherical. After the decide was introduced, in typical NFL Draft style, a digicam contained in the Eagles draft room confirmed Roseman and Co. celebrating their decide. When Roseman approached Donahoe with a fist bump, he was met with a poker-faced mean-mug that made him shrug his shoulders, seemingly asking Donahoe what was mistaken.

Roseman, in his rationalization, hinted that Donahoe had his eye on one other lineman — Alim McNeill out of NC State — which was the presumed cause for the awkward on-camera trade. The Lions ended up taking McNeill at No. 72 general, after Roseman opted to commerce down from 70 to 73 for a further sixth-round decide.

“Discussion and debate and having these conversations, it’s OK. You’d rather have that passion,” Roseman mentioned on SportsRadio 94 WIP Tuesday, via Crossing Broad. “Tom’s been here for a long time. We’ve been together for 10 years, extremely close relationship. It’s OK to have tough conversations, and Tom and I have had a lot of them in 10 years.”

Roseman went on to clarify his reasoning behind deciding on Williams at 73.

“We’re at pick 70, we have two guys standing out on our board, two defensive guys. Two defensive linemen, and they’re different. Different flavors. One is a three technique and one is more of a nose tackle. Obviously everyone likes different flavors,” Roseman mentioned. “Carolina calls and so they’re selecting two picks behind us, and (common supervisor) Scott Fitterer says ‘Howie, you want to drop down two picks for our top-of-the-sixth-round pick?’ I mentioned, ‘you gotta tell me offense or defense’ and he instructed me they have been taking an offensive participant.

“So we all know we’re gonna get certainly one of these two (defensive gamers). And once we speak to our coaches about their match and position they’re enthusiastic about these two guys. So certainly one of them goes (McNeill), after which we take Milton Williams.

Eagles GM Howie Roseman
Eagles GM Howie Roseman
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Roseman additionally addressed the narrative that he isn’t collaborative with the Eagles entrance workplace in terms of the draft course of, and largely refers to his personal draft board.

“That’s ridiculous,” Roseman mentioned on 94WIP. “Every single particular person on our workers has their very own draft board. That’s how we write up experiences. [Coach] Nick [Sirianni] has his personal draft board, [vice president of player personnel] Andy Weidl has his personal draft board, Tom Donahoe has his personal draft board, I’ve my very own draft board. That’s how we rank gamers. That’s how our system is ready up, to do this.

“We have an Eagles draft board that reflects a lot of things and my job is to bring them all together. My job is to get the coaches’ perspective, the scouts’ perspective, the medical perspective, the character perspective as we do this process. My job is to try to reflect all of that. I listen to everyone to try and make these decisions. And at the same time, someone may be unhappy because it may not be reflected accurately in all the information that I have that they may not have.”

The stress is on in Philadelphia to ship a extra profitable season than final when it completed 4-11-1 within the NFC East and parted methods with Doug Pederson, who delivered the franchise its first Super Bowl in 2018.

Although the Eagles have but to call Jalen Hurts as their beginning quarterback — they traded QB Carson Wentz to the Colts in February — they drafted some acquainted assist for the second-year pass-thrower. Hurts’ outdated Alabama teammates, wide receiver DeVonta Smith went to Philly with the 10th overall pick and offensive lineman Landon Dickerson joined at No. 37 within the second spherical.

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