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This old Howie Roseman quote about trading up in the NFL Draft looks funny now

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Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

It's only fair that a lot of people are skeptical about the Philadelphia Eagles' decision to trade up to the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. There's a lot of risk in trading a lot of picks to get one player, especially when it's a quarterback. Just look at what one NFL executive had to say about this topic last year (via Zach Berman).

"When you’re looking at trading up, at some point, your board drops off so dramatically in terms of how you evaluate that player. But the history of trading up for one player, when you look at those trades, isn’t good for the team trading up and putting a lot of resources into it.

"Because the guys who are really good at the draft, if you’re hitting on 60 percent of your first-round picks, that’s a pretty good track record. And then it’s dropping as you go through the rounds. So really, the more chances you get, the more tickets to the lottery you get, the better you should be doing."

It sounds like this executive wouldn't approve of the trade the Eagles made with the Browns, except ... he does. Because he's the one who did the deal. The executive quoted about is none other than Howie Roseman (as if you couldn't tell from the title of this post.)

At the time Roseman's quote surfaced, there was a lot of debate whether the Eagles should trade up for Marcus Mariota or not. Chip Kelly reportedly tried to move up to get his former star pupil but it ultimately didn't happen. It sounds like Roseman wouldn't have favored Kelly's trade, yet here we are a year later with the Eagles having moved up to get a quarterback.

It's worth noting the difference for Roseman was moving up from No. 8 to No. 2 while Kelly would have had to jump from No. 20 to No. 2. It's also worth noting Roseman's clause for exceptions: "[...] at some point, your board drops off so dramatically [...]"

Roseman clearly must feel like Carson Wentz and/or Jared Goff are really special players to be worth moving up for. Maybe he's right. Or maybe he just got desperate because the Eagles so badly needed a franchise quarterback and haven't had a clear path to one. We'll find out eventually. In the meantime, Roseman seems fully aware of the risk this trade carries.