Philadelphia Eagles draft: 3 Legitimate third-string quarterback options

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851. . . . Sam Ehlinger, Texas. 2. player

Can you imagine Sam Ehlinger in a Philadelphia Eagles jersey?

Former Texas Longhorns standout Sam Ehlinger is the owner of a name that most of you will recognize even if you’re a casual fan of NCAA football. In 46 career games at the collegiate level, this six-foot-three, 225-pound standout completed just under 63 percent of his passes for 11,436 yards while tossing 94 touchdowns versus 27 picks.

He picked up another 1,903 yards on 554 career rushing attempts while reaching the end zone another 33 times with his legs. He’s everything these NFL teams look for in dual-threat quarterbacks, but there were times that he looked very uncomfortable when he needed to put the team on his shoulders and lead them to victory with his arm.

That’s okay. That’s why NFL teams can draft these guys anyway and why they hire position coaches. He injured his shoulder in the Alamo Bowl versus the Colorado Buffaloes. Then, he did nothing to improve his draft stock at the most recent Senior Bowl.

Like Costello, Ehlinger should be ranked higher than Feleipe Franks and Ian Book. He should be ranked below guys like Jamie Newman from Wake Forest, Kellen Mond of Texas A&M, and Davis Mills of Stanford. He’ll be available on Day 3 of the draft.