The Philadelphia Eagles will exhibit the textbook definition of insanity if the organization elects to draft a young quarterback with the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Carson Wentz wants out of the City of Brotherly love due to organizational failure. Sure, Wentz certainly regressed in 2020 but all not entirely due to the fault of his own. Poor roster management and injuries played a crucial role in the Eagles 4-11-1 debacle.
The drafting of Jalen Hurts, without a doubt, also led to the demise of Wentz’s performance and confidence throughout 2020. It is time for the Eagles to truly commit to a quarterback and stop wasting draft capital on the position.
Roseman absolutely had to have Hurts so bad that he ultimately ended up burning the bridge between the Eagles organization and their franchise quarterback, so why would he do the same to Hurts in a year?
When Hurts was named the starter for the final four games of the season, many team members expressed their admiration for Hurts’ leadership ability.
I’m told a group of the Eagles young receivers are planning on working out with Jalen Hurts in Texas sometime in the next month pic.twitter.com/GE3YPtcQjU— John Clark (@JClarkNBCS) February 11, 2021
Despite the change at signal-caller, Tim McManus speculates the Eagles will evaluate the option of drafting a first-year QB.
“Philadelphia will draft a quarterback in the first round to compete with Jalen Hurts. Would the organization really end one quarterback controversy by trading Carson Wentz to invite another?” McManus questioned. “That will be a question to grapple with between now and April’s draft. The opportunity could be too good to pass up. The Eagles hold the No. 6 pick and obviously hope they’re not selecting that high again anytime soon. If they identify a franchise QB, they could pounce while they have the chance.”
A few mock drafts have had Justin Fields of Ohio State falling to Philadelphia with the sixth overall pick.
The selection of Fields or Tre Lance from North Dakota State may not be the most popular amongst fans; however, many mock drafts have the Birds heading in this direction.
“The Eagles aren’t totally ready to hitch their wagon to Jalen Hurts yet, are they,” Trapasso writes. “At the very least, I think they’ll want to give him legitimate competition, and Fields would absolutely provide that.”
“If I were Philadelphia, I’d ride it out with Carson Wentz rather than drafting a quarterback this year, but it sounds as though the relationship is beyond repair.” Josh Edwards of CBS Sports.com expressed. “The Eagles should not be comfortable with having just Jalen Hurts at quarterback, and most teams do not feel any obligation to a second-round pick.”
Jalen Hurts on who should be the #Eagles starting QB in 2021— Jeff Kerr (@JeffKerrCBS) February 2, 2021
"That's a great question. I'm putting the work in on my end. I'm challenging myself to be the best quarterback I can be."
Drafting quarterbacks seems to be in Philly’s D.N.A.
If the Eagles do end up heading that direction, this will be the fourth signal-caller the team has taken in the NFL Draft since 2016.
It looks like the quarterback factory continues…
“For better or worse, we are quarterback developers,” Roseman said the day after the Birds drafted Hurts. “We want to be a quarterback factory. We have the right people in place to do that. No team in the National Football League has benefited more from developing quarterbacks than the Philadelphia Eagles.”
Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
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