The Philadelphia Eagles have been successful drafting for talent over need, especially at the quarterback position. The Eagles drafted Kevin Kolb while they still had Donovan McNabb. They signed Michael Vick after his bid in prison for dog fighting. They drafted Nick Foles despite Vick having played the best football of his career. And just last year, they draft highly-touted quarterback prospect Matt Barkely out of USC with their fourth round pick. Now it appears the Eagles are ready to draft a quarterback once again, if the right situation presents itself.
Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman said they were open to the idea Thursday at a press conference at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“If there’s an opportunity in the draft to get a player at an important position, in this case we’re talking about quarterback, we’ve seen how that pays off in terms of even having backup quarterbacks how you can parlay that into other draft picks. I think that just makes sense. You can’t be closed-minded when you go into the offseason to look for value in free agency and the draft. That’s how we look at every position. That’s how we look at the quarterback position.”
Roseman did clarify, if indeed they drafted a quarterback, he would not be in competition for current starter Nick Foles’ job. Instead, it appears he would only be trade bait for the future. As is current back-up, Barkley.
Former starting quarterback Michael Vick is a free agent this offseason and expected to sign elsewhere. The only other quarterback on the Eagles current roster is G.J. Kinne, who spent most of last season on the practice squad. It is common for NFL teams to have as many as four to five quarterbacks during the offseason for mini-camps, OTA’s and training camp reps.