According to Marcus Hayes of The Philadelphia Daily News, former Eagles Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb is mentoring E.J. Manuel, who some believe may be the team’s quarterback of the future.
Manuel, who reportedly dined with McNabb two nights ago, has had several lengthy conversations with McNabb, who was selected by the Eagles in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft. One of those topics was race.
“They try to fit us all into the same category, as African-American quarterbacks,” Manuel said. “We’re always going to be compared to players similar to us. Donovan did a really good job. Cam Newton’s having a great career. If people are going to continue to compare me to those guys, I’m doing something right.”
The Eagles, according to Manuel, have significant interest. It would be difficult to believe the Eagles would trade back into the late first round to draft the Florida State quarterback, but he may present value should he be available in the second round. His size and athleticism paired with his arm strength make for an obviously intriguing match in Chip Kelly’s offense.