Here’s why McDonald was worth the Philadelphia Eagles taking a chance on.
Cole McDonald has an unorthodox delivery and has a decent number of mechanical issues to work on if he wants to have a shot of making the Tennessee Titans’ roster, but there’s a reason Mike Vrabel and company took a chance on him in the seventh round rather than risking him falling into the pool of undrafted free agents.
Tennessee believes, if McDonald can fix a few minor things, he has a chance to be special someday. It won’t happen overnight but he’s worth the seventh-round selection that the Titans decided to use on him.
For the Eagles, the seventh-round would have been the perfect opportunity to take a chance like this and land someone who could challenge Sudfeld for the backup quarterback job. If the plan was never to bring in a veteran backup, McDonald may have the next best course of action. Teams might regret ignoring this guy. We could be looking at the Gardner Minshew of the 2020 draft, especially if anything happens to Ryan Tannehill during the 2020 season.
It might be too early to make a statement like that one, but this sure has the same feel to it as the Minshew pick had just one year ago.