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Combine Shouldn't Shake Draft Board

Posted Feb 21, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Philadelphia Eagles will get an up-close look at over 300 of the top prospects available in this year's draft at the NFL Scouting Combine. After the team spends nearly a week with the players, general manager Howie Roseman said he does not expect the team's draft board to be “drastically different” after the interviews and position drills.

"That doesn't mean you won't have a particular position where certain height-weight-speed characteristics are really important," Roseman said.

With the transition to new head coach Chip Kelly, there are going to be different body types that the Eagles will look for at particular positions. However, Roseman is not going to simply dismiss an "extremely productive" player whether it's someone on the current roster or in the draft.

Kelly and Roseman discussed the traits that they are looking for in players and communicated them to the rest of the scouting and personnel staff as they comprised the draft board. With the No. 4 pick in this year's draft, Roseman wants to make sure they find someone who can be a part of the foundation of this team for a long time.

"We want to be in a position where we're taking the best guys and we're building this for the long term," Roseman said. "For us, it's exciting to try and add a player. We don't like how we got here, but at the same time no one is crying for us. We're going to try and pick the best player that we can, add someone who we think can be an important player for our team for a long time."

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