By Michael Donovan
Outside of Dorial Green-Beckham, Eagles coach Doug Pederson also drafted two players with off-field issues, Jalen Mills and Wendell Smallwood.
Pederson has started his coaching career by seemingly valuing talent over character. About his thoughts on players with prior issues, Pederson said:
“I’m going to preface this by saying we are not in the rehabilitation business. But at the same time, we feel like with the staff that I’ve assembled on offense and with the personnel staff upstairs, that we can bring guys in that might have had a little bit of a history and we can help these players. Not only become young men, but become good football players.”
It’s a stark contrast from the ways of former coach Kelly. During his tenure in Philly, character was seemingly the only thing that mattered.