PHILADELPHIA -- When the NFL draft begins at noon today, the teams that have spent the past few months blowing smoke must put up or shut up. Even casual fans can see through the camouflage and decipher the spin when players come off the board fortifying positions of need.
The fiscally prudent Eagles don't pour a ton of money into the draft to waste picks on guys that have no shot of pushing for a starting job.
How do the Eagles really feel about their safeties, cornerbacks, linebackers, defensive ends and the rehab of quarterback Donovan McNabb?
The draft, like the eye of the camera, doesn't lie.
"We don't want to draft a guy we don't think has the ability to start in the NFL," Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said. "We don't want to draft a guy as a backup. Now, you do have late-round guys. But since I've been here I think we've drafted maybe two guys that we had worse than a fifth-round grade on."
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