Browns HC Hue Jackson promised that they’ll find a quarterback this year but also stressed taking the best player available.
“I think you go through the process, and I know everybody doesn’t like me using that term,” Jackson said, via the Akron Beacon Journal. “I think you have to go through it and weigh what’s best. Who is the best player? We haven’t determined that. Is the best player a defensive end? Is it a quarterback? Is it a defensive back? I don’t know yet until you can evaluate them all and line them all up and see where they are and see what’s best.
“We all a know a quarterback is very important to our football team. But is he the best player? We’ve got to find that out. We need to put one on our team. We’re going to find one. I promise you guys that. We’re going to do that. I think that’s imperative. I think we all know that, and that’s what we’re going to accomplish.”
Jackson added that everything is negotiable from where they’re sitting.
“Everything for right now is going to be negotiable and talked about,” Jackson said. “Until we sit down and talk about where we are and what we’re trying to do, then will we know. We haven’t had those discussions. I think right now we’re just in the beginning phases of all of it. We’ve got a long way to go before we get to that decision.”
Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas singled out tight end, running back, cornerback and wide receiver as four positions that are deep in this year’s draft class.
“I think this is a very good draft,” Douglas said, via PhillyVoice.com. “I think Howie might have touched on a couple different positions. But I think this is a deep draft at tight end, running back, corner, wide receiver. I think there are a lot of good players out there.”
Eagles executives Howie Roseman mentioned that he could see them trading back in round one and obtaining some more picks, depending who’s available to them.
“I think that when we look back and look at our drafts, specifically looking at when we were in the 20s, we’ve had some good success at 20 and higher,” Roseman said. “I think there is a line where you don’t get a difference-maker. This is your opportunity — in the first round of the draft — to find a difference-making player. And that’s our first priority, to bring a difference-maker to the Philadelphia Eagles.
“By trading back and getting extra picks, but not having someone who can affect the game — you’re watching the games, watching these championship games, you’re seeing that there are difference-makers making big plays in these games. So we’ve got to make sure that we come out of [the draft] with that.
“And if there’s an opportunity to get that and get an extra pick, that would be great.”
New Jets DBs coach Dennard Wilson is confident veteran CB Darrelle Revis can make the transition to safety if he’s back with the team in 2017.
“Darrelle is a guy that has a lot of football intelligence,” Wilson said, via NJ.com. “I wouldn’t think it wouldn’t be a problem for him to pick it up.”
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