With apologies to Joe Douglas, his hiring was not "the pivotal moment of the last year," as Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings.

In fact, it probably wasn't even one of the top four most notable moments for the Eagles from the last calendar year. That list would likely include the trade for the No. 2 overall draft pick, the selection of Carson Wentz, the unloading of Sam Bradford, and the season-opening victory, when it became apparent that the rookie quarterback was likely worth the three aforementioned decisions.

It was Lurie, after all, who said that the best organizational structure was to have "a terrific quarterback." While the jury is still out on Wentz in terms of his ceiling, 2016 will always be remembered as the year the Eagles pushed the majority of their chips in on the redheaded North Dakotan.

But the May addition of Douglas was prominent, nonetheless, because of how the Eagles have framed his role as vice president of player personnel, and, if accurate, how he will come to influence the building of the roster around Wentz.

Howie Roseman has had lieutenants before, with Ryan Grigson and Tom Gamble serving as vice presidents of player personnel. But they were never given as much autonomy over the draft as Douglas has been afforded, at least according to Lurie.

"The draft is going to be really built by Joe," Lurie said, before adding the ever-important caveat that "the final decision will be made by Howie."

The personnel department is ultimately Roseman's responsibility, after all. He will own every decision made in player acquisition. But has the executive vice president of football operations ceded more authority in the scouting and ranking of prospects than ever before? Has he accepted his limitations as an evaluator and focused more on his strengths as a negotiator and idea guy?

If Douglas is truly crafting the draft board and the Eagles choose the best available players, then there is really little for Roseman to do other than call in the selections. But drafts hardly unfold without surprises. Roseman has rarely sat for three days without making several showy trades.