By Annie Ross
It’s been a year since the Eagles hired Joe Douglas to be their talent spotter, and ESPN’s Todd McShay is very high on him:
“[The Eagles are] in great hands,” McShay told PhillyVoice. “I think the world of Joe Douglas and [assistant director of player personnel] Andy Weidl. I think they’re two of the best when it comes to college evaluations and personnel evaluations and handling the draft. There’s nothing I think they should do that they won’t do. In the end, they’ll make the right decision.
“In addition to his unbelievable knowledge of the players and the work ethic that he has and the ability to put guys in the right place, [Douglas] spent the vast majority of his career with Ozzie Newsome and that group in Baltimore,” McShay said. “So he learned from one of the best in the business, maybe the best. Definitely one of the best, let’s put it that way.
“And I think he understands the importance of draft picks. I know he’s got a very calm demeanor, and he’s not a guy who is going to get overly worked up and emotional. And I think that’s an underrated quality when it comes to draft day. Ozzie Newsome, over the years, has taken advantage of other teams that are overly emotional and get overly excited about getting one player and are willing to give up too much. The New England Patriots, Bill Belichick is the same way. They’ve exploited teams for years. And I think Joe has that calm demeanor about him and will bring that to the room.
“I think he’s an unbelievable human being and guy too. So I think he’s the complete package – and there’s no one in the business I respect more than that guy.”