Reimagining Philadelphia Eagles last 5 drafts without Carson Wentz

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The Philadelphia Eagles land Deshaun Watson in 2017.

After a disappointing 6-10 record in the 2016 season, the Eagles prepare for the 2017 draft. A disappointing season by Brissett prompts the Eagles to select their QB of the future. They have three prospects: Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson.

The Eagles hold the ninth and the 14th pick in this draft. After the Bears trade up and select Mitch Trubisky, the Chiefs get paranoid of the Eagles and trade up to seven to select Patrick Mahomes. That leaves the Eagles with QB Deshaun Watson at the ninth overall selection.

Philly still selects With the 14th overall pick, the Eagles still select Derek Barnett (Tennessee). The rest of the draft remains the same. The Texans don’t select a QB until the third round, and they wind up with C.J. Beathard (Iowa).

Watson’s rookie year ends in resounding success and a Rookie of the Year award for him. The Eagles roll to a 12-4 record and pick up the second seed in the NFC. A hard-fought battle ends in the Eagles eventually falling to the Patriots in the Super Bowl due to minor rookie mistakes by Watson. Still, despite the now disappointing result, it’s evident that Watson is Philadelphia’s QB of the future.

Philly then trades Jacoby Brissett to the Colts in exchange for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett.