With the Eagles Re-Tooling, A Quarterback is Once Again a Must.

In April of 2020, amid the coronavirus-affected NFL Draft, Jalen Hurts sat remotely in anticipation of becoming an NFL player. He had an idea who might draft him, several teams he thought that he might be a good fit as a franchise quarterback.

The Philadelphia Eagles were not one of them.

When the Eagles drafted Hurts with the 53rd overall pick, many were surprised. Sure, the Eagles had known the value of having a capable backup. In 2018, Nick Foles had led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory when Wentz was injured. But Foles had moved on.

No one was more surprised than Carson Wentz or Jalen Hurts.

In many ways, Carson Wentz never recovered for the Eagles after the pick. By the end of 2020, Wentz wanted out of Philadelphia, had asked for a trade, and was ultimately benched in favor of Hurts.

In three seasons as the Eagles starting quarterback, Hurts has led the Eagles to the playoffs three times, one NFC Championship, and one Super Bowl appearance. With a need to add quality free agents this offseason and extend some current contracts, it is unlikely that the Eagles will offer Marcus Mariota a contract extension.

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In Ann Arbor, J.J. McCarthy has declared for the NFL Draft. From the school that produced Tom Brady, McCarthy is undoubtedly the next great quarterback to come out of Michigan. In three seasons, he has led Michigan to three CFP Games, one national championship, and a combined 27–1 record. He’s also thrown for over 6,200 yards and 49 touchdowns.

In one of his last drafts in Philadelphia, Andy Reid drafted Nick Foles when he already had Michael Vick as a quarterback.

Although the Eagles currently have draft picks in April, and while it’s unlikely other top college recruits like Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, Michael Penix, Jr., or Bo Nix will be available when they draft at the twenty-second pick however,

J.J. McCarthy just might be.

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