Carson Wentz has been traded, but one way or the other the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback state of affairs is not firmly answered, and I don’t know why.
Last 12 months, the Eagles used the 53rd total choose on Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, which, having just lately given Wentz a 4-year, $128M extension in 2019, caught many individuals unexpectedly. Wentz ended up being benched mid-season, Hurts took over, and you’d assume he would be the resounding choose to start out subsequent season.
Some, nevertheless, have doubts. The speak of the city on Twitter with completely zero credible sources to again it up is “well, maybe the Eagles will take a quarterback with the 6th-overall pick in the draft.”
Stop it. I don’t perceive that in any respect. Hurts was a dynamic school athlete that proved to be an correct passer in addition to an elite rusher. In his ultimate season at Oklahoma, Hurts threw for 3,851 passing yards with a 69.7 p.c completion proportion, 32 passing touchdowns, and solely 8 picks. He additionally, unbelievably, ran for 1,298 speeding yards and 20 speeding touchdowns.
That’s simply… foolish. He has all of the instruments to be precisely what as we speak’s NFL is searching for.
In his rookie season, Hurts confirmed flashes of that dynamic ability set. In his second profession begin, Hurts grew to become the ninth quarterback in NFL historical past with 300 passing yards, 3 TD passes, 0 interceptions and 60 speeding yards in a recreation and solely the second rookie. He adopted that up with one other 300 passing yards and 60 speeding yards per week later. Hurts’ whole of 169 speeding yards towards the Saints and Cardinals is the second-highest in NFL historical past by a quarterback in his first two profession begins. Lamar Jackson had 190. Randall Cunningham is third on that record with 150 in his rookie 12 months of 1985.
With an abysmal, injury-laden offensive line, and an equally-thin vast receiver group, Hurts was in a position to do extra for the Eagles offense than Wentz did at any level over the course of the season. He proved that he’s price investing in.
On a staff with as many points because the Eagles, choosing a quarterback would be downright idiotic. The smart selection, in my view, would be to commerce again. Let one other staff hand over a number of picks to maneuver as much as sixth total to pick out a quarterback, whilst you transfer again to deal with a bevy of wants (offensive line, vast receiver, secondary, and so forth, and so forth).
Hurts has the school and NFL resume to be given an opportunity. We’ve seen far worse QBs get a for much longer leash (I’m you, Mitch Trubisky).
The Eagles are beginning to make different strikes to clear area, which might point out to me that they acknowledge they’ve lots of wants. Veteran vast receiver DeSean Jackson announced on his Instagram that he has been launched, clearing $5.8 million. The Eagles are additionally anticipated to commerce 30-year-old tight finish Zach Ertz. These are sensible strikes. Do this stuff. What you do not want, nevertheless, is a first-round quarterback.
If the Eagles draft a QB No. 6 and Jalen Hurts isn’t given an opportunity to start out, I’m going to riot.