Philadelphia Eagles: 3 reasons to love drafting Jalen Hurts at No. 53

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The Philadelphia Eagles pulled off one of the biggest surprise picks of the second round by selecting Jalen Hurts at No. 53.

Never in a million years did the Philadelphia Eagles of all teams seem like a potential landing spot for Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft, but it turns out this long-shot scenario became a reality on Friday night.

With the Eagles having the No. 53 pick in the second round, the defending NFC East champions were expected to focus on a position of need such as safety or linebacker after going with Jalen Reagor at wide receiver in the first round.

Instead, Philadelphia pulled off a move that no one saw coming this early in the draft by going with the former Alabama and Oklahoma star quarterback, leaving some Eagles fans scratching their heads over where this move came from.

It’s not that Philadelphia wasn’t expected to consider adding another quarterback at some point in the draft to compete with Nate Sudfeld for the starting job, but as previously mentioned, there were a few other positions in need of improvement that seemed like more of a priority.

While there is still plenty of time remaining in the draft to address some of these needs, it will still take certain Eagles fans some time to process what actually happened with this selection of Hurts.

However, Philadelphia fans shouldn’t be too upset over the team’s decision to bring Hurts on board since there is plenty to love about this surprise move in the draft.

In fact, to help the Eagles fans upset over the move feel a little better over what happened, here are three reasons to be excited about Hurts coming on board to compete for the backup job behind Carson Wentz.