Watch Amped-Up Eagles GM Howie Roseman Wheel & Deal To Draft Iowa Star Cooper DeJean

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The Philadelphia Eagles typically like to build out the offensive and defensive lines in their draft, and thanks to years of investing in those areas, GM Howie Roseman had the freedom (and wherewithal) to address the team’s glaring weakness.

Between 33-year-old Darius Slay Jr. and fellow waning veteran James Bradberry, Philly was in trouble at the cornerback position entering the draft. Although they had the luxury of waiting for the first corner off the board fall to them at No. 22 in Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell, Roseman couldn’t be so patient to get who he wanted the rest of the way.

Kicking off with a bold move up to swoop in for Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean, the Eagles went on a trading rampage even by Roseman’s standards.

Thanks to the fine folks in Philadelphia’s organization, we now have a behind-the-scenes look at just how tense — and eventually hyped — Roseman was in the moments leading up to the 40th overall pick.

There were some great moments in this draft as far as human interest stories. Whether it was the Chargers finally taking Jerry Rice’s son, Brenden, off the board, or the reunion of Florida State defensive studs Jared Verse and Braden Fiske on the Rams, there was a lot to chew on throughout the three days and seven rounds.

Funnily enough, you can see in the video above how Roseman was nervous that the Rams were, in fact, trading up to draft DeJean. You can see the blood sort of drain from Roseman’s face, only to let out a big, “YES!” when Fiske was selected. From there, he couldn’t make the call or turn the card in with DeJean’s name on it fast enough.

DeJean is a supreme athlete, with plus ball skills, the ability to line up anywhere in the secondary, and plenty of chops as a return man. Whereas the Steelers might resort to using quarterback Justin Fields back deep to return kicks thank to the new rules, DeJean has actually done it at a high level in college, averaging over 13 yards per return on 31 attempts, including a TD and one that was stupidly called back.

You never quite know what to expect from rookies. When it comes to the myriad ways DeJean can make an impact and the desperate need the Eagles have at any and all positions he can play, suffice it to say he has as good a chance as any early Day 2 pick to make a huge splash in his maiden pro campaign. I had DeJean 10th on my big board, with Mitchell checking in at No. 7 as the CB1. The strength of those two selections gave the Eagles the third-best draft in my opinion.

Draft war room videos will never get old. You just never know what the hell is going to happen until you’re on the clock. The stakes are so high, especially early on, because you look like a moron if you pass on a high-end player with one of your premium picks and instead draft a bust. Or, in some cases, you make a pick so baffling and ridiculous that it’s almost unanimously considered a terrible idea right out of the gates. Looking at you, Atlanta Falcons, with your Michael Penix Jr. big-picture-to-end-all-big-pictures eighth overall pick.

What an odd connection, though: Once upon a time, Roseman was thought to be a madman for paying Carson Wentz a truckload of money and drafting Jalen Hurts in the second round. Hmm…

Anyway, Cooper DeJean and Quinyon Mitchell. Week 1 starters who’ll help the Eagles clear the Cowboys with ease for NFC East supremacy, and bounce back from an awful end to last season. Book it. It’s happening, and it’s going to shake up the NFC in a big way.

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