Detroit Lions selecting Alim McNeill caused problems in Philadelphia Eagles war room

The Detroit Lions threw a massive monkey wrench into the plans of the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2021 NFL Draft, and it was captured on cameras for all the world to see.

The Eagles had the 73rd pick in the draft after having traded down from their original pick of No. 70, and cameras captured their war room looking distraught after the Lions selected Alim McNeill with the 72nd pick.

According to Philadelphia Inquirer Eagles reporter Jeff McClane, senior director of player personnel Tom Donahoe wanted McNeill:

Eagles GM Howie Roseman stated during an interview that the Eagles had two defensive tackles on their radar when they traded down: Louisiana Tech’s Milton Williams and North Carolina State’s McNeill.

“We’re at pick 71, we have two guys — two guys — standing out on our board. Two defensive linemen, and they’re different. They’re different flavors,” Roseman said. “One’s a three technique, one is more of a nose tackle. And so, obviously when you have different flavors everyone likes different flavors.”

“Discussion and debate and having these conversations, it’s OK,” Roseman said. “You’d rather that. You’d rather have that passion. Tom’s been here for a long time. We’ve been together for 10 years. Extremely close relationship. It’s OK to have tough conversations, and Tom and I have had a lot of them in 10 years and that’s why you want people around you who aren’t going to just tell you everything you’re doing’s OK. They’re going to give you their perspective and we have that.”

Lions GM Brad Holmes praised McNeill, saying he could be playing a rotational role for the Lions and their new coaching staff in 2021.

“(When you) first watched him you’re thinking of not having seen him live physically, but watching him on film, he seems like a kind of shorter, wider guy, so you’re automatically thinking, ‘OK, he’s your typical two-down anchor nose tackle,’” Holmes said. “But then you keep watching him and it’s like, ‘Wait, hold up. This dude’s got some quickness that you don’t usually see from a guy this big and this powerful,’ so he was really fun.”

– – Quotes via Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press Link – –