There’s not a coach or general manager in the league who will admit to drafting for need. Add the Eagles to the list of teams who are assuring the fan base that the team will take the best player available with the 4th overall pick. In an interview with Steve Wyche of NFL Network, Kelly said that if “you look at the history of this, when people make mistakes it’s when they kind of reach for something that probably isn’t there. We feel right now that we don’t have a need, (that) we have to take this. We’ve put ourselves in a position to take the best player that is available.”
That, of course, begs the question of who the Eagles consider the best player available to be. When draft day rolls around, though, Eagles fans should be prepared for almost anything. I don’t think Howie Roseman will limit himself to drafting a tackle or quarterback. Right now, prospects like Dion Jordan, Ezekiel Ansah, and maybe even Chance Warmack are still candidates for the Eagles’ first round pick.
One big reason why teams claim to draft BPA (best player available) is to keep their cards close to the vest. Nobody really knows who the Eagles like at four, and that’s probably a good thing with just over two weeks to go before the draft.