Was Hurts the right option at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles?
In the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles surprised everyone by taking quarterback Jalen Hurts with the 53rd-overall selection. To this day, there are quite a few fans in Philadelphia that are still debating this decision. There were more pressing needs than the third-string quarterback position that could’ve been addressed.
The offseason is significant for rookies to learn a new playbook and get hands-on practice with it, but the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for this crop of rookies to integrate into their new teams.
Nate Sudfeld could begin the season as the backup quarterback after already spending three years in the offensive scheme. It’s frustrating to know the Eagles used a second-round pick on a player who will likely begin the season as the third-string signal-caller.
The Taysom Hill comparison doesn’t justify drafting a similar prospect. Not to mention the fact that Jalen Hurts had a much more impressive resume coming out of college than Hill had.
The controversy surrounding this decision is understandable, and it’s safe to say a lot of fans would like to go back in time and change what happened. Sure, prior to the draft, the Eagles were expected to select a quarterback at some point to compete with Sudfeld for the backup spot this offseason, but while Hurts might be a talented young man with a fantastic personality, it would’ve made more sense for the Eagles to take a quarterback on day three of the draft and address other needs on day two.
Here are three quarterbacks the Eagles could’ve taken later in the draft rather than selecting Hurts so early.