Derek Barnett. No matter what.
The Philadelphia Eagles‘ 2017 first-round selection was like something out of a movie – not a very good movie, but a movie nonetheless.
Taking a page out of the 2014 film “Draft Day,” Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas recently told the story of how he and VP of football operations Howie Roseman dramatically foreshadowed the selection of Barnett with a note.
“It’s funny because back in November, I was watching tape on Derek Barnett. I walked into Howie’s office, and I said, ‘Howie, you have to watch this defensive end from Tennessee, Derek Barnett. If he’s available in the first round, we really need to consider him'”, Douglas said on the “Eagles Live” podcast, according to the team website. “Howie looks at me, and gives me a sheepish grin.
“He shows me this note, and it reads, ‘Derek Barnett, take him in the first round.’ He had just watched him as well. This has been a long time in the making.”
For those unfamiliar with the film, fictional Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver Jr., played by Kevin Costner, carries around a note that reminds him to draft “Vontae Mack. No matter what.”
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