The Eagles have signed third-round draft pick Nick Foles.
The deal leaves first-round selection Fletcher Cox as the only unsigned member of the Eagles’ nine draft picks.
Foles, the former University of Arizona quarterback, impressed the Eagles with his big arm and field awareness. He’s expected to serve as one of Michael Vick’s backups, but it’s unlikely he’ll see significant or meaningful time in 2012.
Foles has ideal size (6-5, 248) and a strong arm, but isn’t particularly mobile and is considered a “project quarterback.”
According to many scouts, words like “serviceable,” “respectable,” and “reliable” are likely to be the most likely adjectives attached to Foles, but the Eagles seem to think he can emerge as a top-tier option at quarterback.
Foles completed 69.1 percent of his passes for 4,334 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior. He was a three-time all-conference honorable mention selection, but ran a 5.14 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine in February–the slowest time of the 14 quarterbacks who ran. Eagles coach Andy Reid described Foles as “not necessarily a runner.” That may be an understatement.