Making Sense of the Jalen Hurts Selection

It’s not so often that you come across a Quarterback like Carson Wentz. The Philadelphia Eagles knew that when they traded up for him in 2016 and when they handed him a top dollar extension this past year.

So when Eagles fans entered the 2020 NFL Draft, Quarterback wasn’t even a thought in the early rounds. This is a chance for the Eagles to build around that franchise Quarterback they already have. And following the script, they did just that in round 1, selecting WR Jalen Reagor out of TCU.

But then pick #53 approached the next day…

Maybe the Eagles would double dip at the receiver position, beef up their offensive line or add to their defense. Instead, Howie Roseman and the Eagles shocked the world when the selected Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts.

What possessed the Eagles to make such a move? That’s what everyone is trying to figure out. GM Howie Roseman suggested that they wanted to become a so called “Quarterback factory” but that doesn’t really give much of an answer. Is there really any value or sense in taking a QB that early in the draft?

Insurance for Wentz
This is the obvious. A topic of conversation whenever you talk about Carson Wentz is, “can he stay healthy”? After suffering a concussion against Seattle in the postseason, Wentz has now had 3 seasons straight ended by injury.

We saw what quality backup play at the position did for this franchise with Nick Foles, so I could see why the Eagles would want to prioritize the depth there. Also in a league where we’ve seen players like Andrew Luck and Luke Kuechly retire in the primes of their career, it makes you wonder if Carson has had any internal conversations about his health moving forward.

Trade Value
We’ve seen it firsthand when the Eagles shipped Kevin Kolb off to Arizona and Bradford to Minnesota. For some odd reason, teams around the league are willing to give up quite a bit for backup Quarterbacks who are “unproven” or possess “upside”.

Recent Examples:
Sam Bradford to Minnesota: 1st and 4th round picks

Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco: 2nd round pick

Kevin Kolb to Arizona: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and 2nd round pick

It’s not too crazy to think that Jalen Hurts could get a similar return or maybe even more when a QB needy team misses out on their guy in future drafts.

Doug Pederson is highly regarded around the league as a Quarterback guru, so a year of development under him, Hurts could be a sought after piece.

Gadget Player? 
With Hurts being a dual threat at the Quarterback position, one of the first thoughts for many was Saints QB Taysom Hill. We’ve seen New Orleans use Hill in all different packages and surprisingly enough, it’s been pretty effective for them.

So with an offensive mind like Pederson, it’s probable that Hurts is going to find his way onto the field in many different ways. Whether that’s at the natural QB position, set out wide at receiver or in the backfield as a runner, he’ll be on opposing teams minds. To what extent? Only time will tell.

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