Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
Round 5, Pick 167
As expected, the Eagles went through with their plan to draft another quarterback this year. Some fans might’ve gotten it confused when Jeffery Lurie stated he wanted the Eagles to draft a quarterback. No, the Eagles aren’t looking to place Carson Wentz already. They simply want to get a young, late-round prospect that they view as having upside in hopes of bringing him in to develop him to become the future backup for their franchise quarterback.
The Eagles have obviously shown the NFL world how important it is to have a good backup quarterback. After all, theirs helped them win a Super Bowl just two seasons ago. Is Clayton Thorson going to come in and help win the Eagles a Super Bowl? It’s incredibly doubtful, but why not try to develop the kid in hopes of him becoming a reliable backup?
Doug Pederson and company have done a stellar job with Nate Sudfeld over the last two years, but he could be on his way out next season. It was a logical decision to draft a passer this year. Now is Clayton Thorson the best option for the Eagles? Not exactly. Honestly, I believe the Eagles had their eyes on Wentz’s former backup in college, Easton Stick. Unfortunately, Stick went with the pick right before the Eagles were up. They essentially settled for Thorson, and it feels forced.