The 2016 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching and though many think this year’s draft class has its fair share of depth, Philadelphia Eagles executive VP Howie Roseman isn’t one of them. Speaking to Peter King of Sports Illustrated, Roseman said that the Eagles made a trade to move up from No. 13 to No. 8 in the draft because of a “dropoff” after No. 10.
“In the past few drafts,” said Roseman, “often we’d be picking lower in the first round, and we’d just miss out on a guy we had targeted. This year we felt there was a big dropoff after 10 players, so I talked to people about trying to move into the top 10.”
Granted, every team evaluates talent differently, but Roseman’s comments just seem a bit off-base. To give an example, former Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott is one of the most highly-touted prospects in this year’s draft, but isn’t anywhere close to the Top 10 in any of NFL.com’s mock drafts.
The same can be said for Elliott’s former teammate and offensive tackle Taylor Decker, who is also expected to be a mid-to-late first round pick.
That all being said, while Howie Roseman has been shrewd this offseason and done all he could to clean up the mess left by former coach Chip Kelly, his comments about there being a talent dropoff after the 10th pick are highly inaccurate.
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