3. It’s doubtful that the Eagles will have a shot at landing one of the QBs they’re interested in?
Unless the Eagles wind up with a top-five selection, which they probably won’t, they probably won’t like next year’s quarterback prospects any more than they like the guys who are considered to be the top targets in this year’s selection meeting. If we were to guess, who would we say are the best quarterbacks in the 2023 draft class are?
Let’s just throw two names out there, C.J. Stroud of the Ohio State Buckeyes and the reigning/defending Heisman Trophy winner, Bryce Young of the Alabama Crimson Tide. They’d have to be considered the cream of the crop, right? Who else are we going to go with? D.J. Uiagalelei? Spencer Rattler? Jayden Daniels? Phil Jerkovec? Will Levis? Anthony Richardson?
We won’t pick any of these guys’ games apart yet. We have the entire 2022 college football season to do that, but let’s be serious. Are we certain that there’s a blue-chipper in this draft class that isn’t to be found in the one that preceded it?
Stroud delivered for the Buckeyes in 2021. 4,435 yards passing and 44 touchdowns versus only six interceptions is nothing to sneeze at. One can argue that things are a little easier when you have NFL receivers to throw to (it isn’t like things have translated for Justin Fields yet), but let’s not hold the fact that Stroud had great teammates against him.
Young tossed 47 scores versus only seven picks, and he completed 66.9 percent of his attempts en route to 4,872 yards passing. He also scored three times as a runner. When all is said and done, Stroud and Young figure to be the first two quarterbacks taken, and they figure to go high. It’s doubtful that the Eagles will have a shot at landing either one of them, and it’s doubtful that they’re going to like the guys behind them.
So, how are the Eagles in a better spot to draft a quarterback a year from now than they are now? Why are we talking about trading picks for a quarterback again? Ladies and gentlemen, say this out loud because the next Eagles offseason figures to look strikingly similar to the current version.
You shouldn’t be surprised if we’re, again, involved in discussions about the 2023 NFL season being a third-consecutive audition for Mr. Hurts.