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Eagles prioritize need to evaluate health of prospects at combine

The Philadelphia Eagles will take note of the 40-yard dash times of the players on their draft board during the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine. They'll file away the number of bench press repetitions as well as the results of all the other drills from those same players, as well.

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But when the team's front office descends upon Indianapolis for this week's combine, it will do its best not to let any testing cloud its ratings based off player's college game film.

"We'll try to stick to where our board is now," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer, last week.

"What we really try to do is, as much as we can, keep it based on the play from August to December," Roseman said. "This is the time of year where it could play mind games on you, because you get into the all-star games, and you get into the combine and you meet with these guys, and you have to be in a position where you have to stick to your beliefs on how they play, the background they come from, as opposed to guys who flash."

The Eagles know all too well what can happen when a team becomes enamored with a player who dominates the workout circuit. The Eagles used the seventh overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft on Mike Mamula, a defensive end who dominated drills but never lived up to his potential.

Roseman said the most valuable part of the combine happens when your doctors are able to examine players.

"If you have guys that you rate very highly and your doctors tell you they have longevity issues, that's going to affect where you take them."

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