With the release of 2011 first-round pick Danny Watkins today, the Eagles turned the page on one of the worst picks of the Andy Reid era. It feels simple to just blame Reid for picking Watkins and be done with him. But if you recall, Reid actually said that Watkins was high on General Manager Howie Roseman’s draft-board, which is one of the main reasons that the Eagles selected Watkins.
“Howie had this guy, right from the get-go, at the top,” Reid said at the time. “This was a guy that he really wanted and liked.”
However at the same press conference where he fired Reid and cleared up any speculation about who had the power in the front office, Owner Jeffery Lurie told reporters not to blame Roseman for the 2011 draft, which included Watkins.
“I keep voluminous notes on talent evaluation on not just who we draft, but who is valued in each draft by each person that is in the organization that’s working here,” Lurie said in January. “I came to the conclusion that the person that was providing by far the best talent evaluation in the building was Howie Roseman. I decided to streamline the whole decision-making process for the 2012 draft and offseason and that’s the first draft and offseason I hold Howie completely accountable for. The mistakes that were made in the 2011 draft have little or nothing to do with Howie’s evaluations and I think it was important for me to own up to the mistakes that were made and understand where they were coming from, and it was awfully clear.
In the audio below, I explain why I side with Lurie, and have a difficult time holding Howie Roseman accountable for the selection of Danny Watkins.
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