4 NFL Draft darlings Eagles must remove from their board immediately

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player. 841. . . . Matt Corral, quarterback.

Malik Willis isn’t a Jalen Hurts upgrade for this Eagles team.

Two seasons are behind us, and the 2022-2023 NFL campaign will be a third. We’re officially 20 starts into the NFL career of Philly’s young QB1, Jalen Hurts, and much of the conversation surrounding him heading into the next offseason sounds a lot like the dialogue that went on a year ago.

Is this the guy the Philadelphia Eagles want to hand the keys to the franchise over to? We know he’s focused, mature, and one hell of a leader, but do we trust him in games versus the elite quarterbacks? Can he become elite, or are we already clawing at his ceiling?

Might the Eagles seek a trade prior to the draft (or shortly thereafter) to bring a veteran quarterback in? What about that NFL Draft? The end of April will be here before you know it. With three picks in the first round, if there’s an attractive option at the quarterback position, the Birds would have to show some interest right?

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It’s in that last statement that we begin another discussion. You can make the argument that the Carolina Panthers and Washington Commanders could draft a quarterback when they’re on the clock before Philly in Round 1. Could that take Kenny Pickett and Malik Wilis off of everyone’s draft board?

Sure, we can’t make any guarantees, but we’ve all said that every QB in this class is, at best, a project. If we’re right, we should take guys like Matt Corral off of the board because sticking with Hurts would be the Eagles’ best option.

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Once upon a time, there were arguments that Corral might be the cream of this quarterback class’s crop, but that’s changed as guys like Sam Howell have risen and Corral ended his career with a foot injury in Ole Miss’s bowl game.

The good news is x-rays didn’t reveal a break. The bad news is it’s being said that, at best, Corral’s comp will be Taylor Heinicke or Case Keenum. Again, it’s early. We’ll learn a lot more about these guys over the next few months, but as of right now, Jalen Hurts still looks like a much better option than the best this draft has to offer.