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Posted by Eric Fisher On April 20

The Eagles traded up in the draft Wednesday to get their man … whomever that might be.

With the Rams moving up to first overall in next week’s NFL Draft, acquiring the pick from the Titans, the Eagles were in danger of being shut out of the top two quarterbacks available, widely considered to be California’s Jared Goff and North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz.

By trading with the Browns to acquire the second overall pick, the Eagles are assured of getting either Goff or Wentz.

The cost was high. The Eagles sent the No. 8 pick in this year’s first round, a third-round pick (No. 77 overall) and fourth-round pick (No. 100) this year, a first-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2018 in exchange for the Browns’ first-round pick this year and a fourth-round pick in 2017. They are banking on Goff or Wentz being worth the price.

“We spent a lot of time investigating these guys, looking as well at what’s out there going forward,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said. “Look(ing) at the quarterback market not only this year, but next year, in 2018, and understanding that although this doesn’t fit an immediate need, that this is a rare opportunity.”

Roseman clearly has an idea of which quarterback the Eagles will get in the end, but he says they would be happy to get either one.

“You have to be very comfortable with both of those quarterbacks and believe they have  a shot to be great, to be Pro Bowl-caliber,” Roseman said. “If you felt really strongly about just one of them, and you didn’t fully know the direction (the Rams) were going in, they nou’d wait until you’re on the clock (at the draft) to make this trade.”

This appears to be the second straight year in which quarterbacks were selected first and second in the NFL Draft. Last season Jameis Winston went No. 1; Oregon’s Marcus Mariota went No. 2.

In 2012 Andrew Luck was No. 1. Robert Griffin III was No. 2. The most famouse situation of this sort was in 1998, when Peyton Manning was selected No. 1, and Ryan Leaf was picked No. 2.

The Eagles hope this year’s draft resembles 1999, when the Browns selected Tim Couch No. 1 overall and the Eagles took Donovan McNabb at No. 2. McNabb started out that season as the backup to veteran Doug Pederson, who is now the Eagles head coach.

Roseman expressed confidence that Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and quarterback coach John DeFilippo will help mold whichever quarterback the Eagles select into a terrific player.

By making a major trade to give up, Roseman, in his words, is putting his money were his mouth is.


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