Brett Hundley: RD 1 NFL Draft Pick for Philadelphia Eagles?
By Todd Duvall
So far this season, the majority of 2015 NFL Mock Drafts for the Philadelphia Eagles have leaned heavily on defense, focusing primarily on a cornerback or safety. The Eagles signed cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Byron Maxwell in free agency which addressed a few concerns in the Eagles secondary but lost out on a safety. However, CSNPhilly.com Eagles insider Geoff Mosher thinks the Eagles should draft UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.
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It’s not the first time his name has surfaced as a good fit for Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s system but it may be one of the few times his name came up for the first round pick. With quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota getting the lion’s share of the headlines, it’s hard for Hundley to get a little piece of the action. But Mosher thinks he’ll be a good fit for Kelly,
"Hundley is a project and won’t be ready to start right away, but he has the ideal skill set for Kelly’s offense and the UCLA scheme features plenty of read-option. Hundley can sit behind Bradford next season and be groomed to take over in 2016."
According to NFL.com’s Draft Profile, Hundley has some of the
qualities Kelly likes to see in a quarterback. He stands tall in the pocket at 6′ 3″ and ran a 4.63, 40 yard dash in the NFL Combine. He’s quick and can pose as a dual threat in the red zone. Which we all watched last season as the Birds struggled mightily in the red zone last season.
But he also has a dark side which is probably why Mosher said he was a project quarterback that can train under Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford for a year before the Eagles let him go the way of free agency. That is if he can stay healthy for a full season.
An un-named AFC scout shared some of his insight,
"Someone will draft him, but I don’t think he will ever be a starter. He can’t read coverages and struggles to process. It is going to take a few years before he looks like a backup in my opinion. He has a long way to go."
This doesn’t sound like a first round draft pick to me. However, he would probably be a better first rounder than last season’s first round draft pick Eagles linebacker Marcus Smith. It’s true the Eagle need a franchise quarterback. They are probably one or two players away from a serious Super Bowl run. But would Kelly draft a “project-quarterback” in the first round?
It’s an interesting idea. But not sure the Eagles need to use their first round NFL Drat Pick for a project player. Last season’s project pick didn’t work out so well. It would be a bold move but quality franchise quarterbacks don’t come around often. It’s better for them to grab a sure thing in round one. If Hundley still on the big board in round two or even three is time for Kelly to make a play on him.
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