It’s been a solid NFL Draft for the Philadelphia Eagles so far. Perhaps you’ve heard? In Round 1, they traded up to the 13th-overall selection to land Jordan Davis. They also executed a blockbuster trade to acquire A.J. Brown. The hits kept coming on Day 2 via the selection of Cam Jurgens.
He’ll forever be known as the 51st-overall selection during Round 2 of the NFL Draft. He cut his teeth at the NCAA level at Nebraska with the Cornhuskers. Let’s dig into this one for a few ticks.
Here are a few fun facts about Cam Jurgens.
If you’re going to have a nickname as an offensive lineman, especially one who will eventually take over for a legend in Jason Kelce, ‘Beef’ sounds appropriate.
Opposing defensive linemen might have a problem getting around this guy.
If you’re a little upset about the Eagles eschewing a cornerback and safety to add an offensive lineman who will sit for a year, maybe this will make you feel better. During his career at the collegiate level, Jurgens was on the field for 1,016 pass-blocking snaps. He allowed one sack.
The Eagles get nice value at 51 (even if there were more pressing needs).
Pro Football Focus described Jurgens as “the most explosive center prospect in the class” on their big board. They rank him as the draft’s third-best center behind Tyler Linderbaum (Iowa) and Dohnovan West (Arizona State).
Other draft pundits give him higher marks than Linderbaum. This probably means the long-term plan is to keep Landon Dickerson at guard.
Jurgens joins the Eagles after earning high marks from some reliable sources.
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein gives Jurgens a grade of 6.11 in his draft profile of the six-foot-three, 303-pound prospect, meaning he’s seen as a good backup with the potential to develop into a starter. He ran a 4.92-second 40-yard dash. His final season with the Huskers earned him a Third-Team All-Big Ten nod.
Learning at the school of Jeff Stoutland, there are reasons to be excited about this young man. Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love young man!