94 WIP’s Howard Eskin reports that the Eagles have recently worked out multiple quarterbacks in hopes of grooming one to be a future franchise signal-caller. According to Eskin, Michigan State’s Kirk Cousins, Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson, and San Diego State’s Ryan Lindley have each performed drills for the team.
Cousins is the most heralded of the bunch. He looks the part, standing at 6-3, 218-pounds and projects as second or third-round draft pick. He isn’t terribly mobile, but he’s an intelligent passer with a good feel for the game. He moves enough and can make all the throws.
Wilson, meanwhile, had a terrific season for the Badgers after transferring from North Carolina State for his final year of eligibility. Wilson’s size is a bit of a concern. He stands at only 5-11, but quarterbacks of a similar stature of succeeded in the league (see: Brees, Drew and Vick, Michael). Wilson put on a show at Wisconsin’s Pro Day, demonstrating his terrific arm strength and accuracy. He’s athletic and can make plays with his legs, but he was also the nation’s most efficient passer in 2011, tossing 33 touchdowns to only four interceptions as he led Wisconsin to a Rose Bowl appearance. If Wilson’s size wasn’t such a concern, he would be considered a slam-dunk first-round selection. As it stands, Wilson could go anywhere from the middle of the second to fourth rounds.
Lindley is the least-known name of the bunch. And rightfully so. San Diego State football doesn’t exactly draw a national following. But Lindley is a solid pro prospect. He stands at 6-4, 228-pounds–the ideal body type for an NFL passer, but he completed only slightly more than half of his pass attempts last season. Still, he has good arm strength and could thrive under the right circumstances. Lindley likely projects as a fourth-round pick in what is considered a deep draft for the position.
It’s impossible to project precisely where and when these guys will go, but the best case scenario would getting Wilson in the third round. Yeah, his size is a concern, but he’s a cerebral quarterback that does everything well. There may be more a risk in drafting Wilson than a guy like Cousins, but the payoff could worth it. The Eagles are in no position to miss on draft picks, but I’d rather they take a chance with a high-ceiling player like Wilson than passers like Cousins or Lindley, who, from this perspective, are just guys.