Okay, I finally got Wednesday’s notes from the Senior Bowl posted. Took me long enough, huh? I’m having separation anxiety. I haven’t seen Jimmy Bama or Les Bowen in almost 24 hours and that is more than a human soul should have to endure.
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One rumor I heard from a very reliable person is that a group of Eagles scouts charted every throw by Tyler Wilson on Tuesday. I seem to recall the Eagles doing this with someone from last year’s Senior Bowl, but haven’t had time to dig through any old notes.
It is possible the Eagles did this with one QB for each practice since there are 3 QBs on each team and 3 days of real practice (Mon-Wed.). Or it is possible that the Eagles really have interest in Wilson and are trying to figure out how much they should like him.
I mentioned this on Twitter earlier and it led to a discussion of his value. I don’t think Wilson is worth pick #4. I just don’t see that.
There are some good football people (mixture of writers, draftniks, and former NFL people) who think that it is possible Wilson goes 1st overall to KC. There are some serious Twitter discussions going on right now between smart people as to whether this kind of thinking is actually hoping or just the price you pay for a good QB.
I don’t know the answer to that. You do have to overdraft QBs. I would not dispute that. I do think teams “talk themselves” into some moves they shouldn’t. Blaine Gabbert?
My belief is that you spend a Top 10 pick on a player you completely believe in. You don’t hope the player can be good. You expect the player to be good and hope he can be great. If a team sees Geno Smith or Tyler Wilson as someone they expect to be a good starting QB, then draft the guy early. This is all about percentages. We know that lots of players can succeed given the right circumstances. What is the likelihood this guy succeeds? Are you willing to bet your job on it?
Right now, I would not be willing to be on Tyler Wilson. Therefore, he’s not worth #4 to me. Others are going to feel differently. I’ve still got a lot of tape study to do on him and Geno Smith. Do understand that I like both players. Question is just how much. You sink or swim with your QB.
You also have to consider that the #4 pick could land an impact player that might elevate some other part of the team and greatly help the QB, even if indirectly. Random example…would you be better with combination of Star Lotulelei and Nick Foles or Antonio Dixon and Tyler Wilson?
I’m not saying those are defined choices. Just trying to point out to think big picture and not over-focus on just the QB.
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Speaking of the Eagles scouts…it is impressive to watch the Personnel Dept in action down in Mobile. They are there for business. It drives me nuts to see guys from teams talking on cellphones or chatting up buddies. Eagles scouts are watching the practices. They socialize before and after, but practice time is work time.
I’ve been in Mobile for 2 years. Howie Roseman has been the head honcho both times and I was impressed by the way he and the scouts did things. Maybe it was this way under Tom Heckert. I’m not real sure.
When I did meet Howie on Monday, he was the only GM watching the OL drills up close. He had his notebook with him. You see some higher-ups walking around telling stories about the time they did such and such. Howie is focused. There were times when he spoke to other personnel guys or coaches. You can see he’s got his friends around the league. The point is that some people view the Senior Bowl as almost a vacation. Catch up with the old buddies. Shoot the breeze. The Eagles save that stuff for when there is down time (mostly between practices or the evenings). I do very much appreciate the tone he sets for the scouts under him.
The Giants are another team I think does a good job. Very professional.
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One of my complaints with the Eagles last year was that there might be too much youth in the Personnel Dept. They had more veteran guys out there this time. Greg Gabriel was there in the Phil Savage role as the consultant. There was one older guy that I thought was Rick Mueller, but the picture didn’t match the hairstyle I saw in Mobile. Might be him, but I’m not sure. I didn’t see Tom Donahoe down there, but he is helping with scouting. Jake Hallum is another older gentleman who’s helping, but I didn’t see him in Mobile. Easily could have missed him.
The Eagles did have a large contingent of scouts and “coaches” down there. I say coaches that way since I didn’t recognize all the faces and didn’t know exactly who was who.