Kyle Lauletta

Developmental quarterbacks for Eagles in 2018 NFL draft

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Developmental quarterbacks for Eagles in 2018 NFL draft

We begin our positional breakdowns leading up to the 2018 NFL draft with a look at quarterbacks. Instead of a top five, we'll highlight players at these positions who fit the Eagles and have a chance to be available when the team picks.

The only way the Eagles would have any interest in a QB is if Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles gets traded. In that Sam Bradford-to-Vikings-type event, we'll look at a few quarterbacks below that would make sense to develop behind Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld.

At No. 32
Yeah, no. The Eagles have their franchise QB and a guy they like in Sudfeld. If they're going to draft another signal caller, I'd expect it in the mid-to-late rounds.

In the middle
Kyle Lauletta, Richmond (6-3/215)

Lauletta picked up some serious buzz during the Senior Bowl. The Richmond product had a strong week of practice, culminating in winning the game's MVP (8 of 12, 198 yards, three TDs). His lack of competition will certainly hurt his stock. He might not have enough arm to be a starter in the NFL, often not getting enough zip on his throws which led to picks against players much slower than NFL-caliber defenders. But he has the smarts and accuracy to be a high-level backup. Perhaps he could add strength to his 6-foot-3 frame that would allow for more velocity. He likely won't make it out of the fifth round.

Kurt Benkert, Virginia (6-4/215)
Benkert has the opposite issue of Lauletta. The East Carolina transfer has plenty of arm. His decision-making has come into question (20 interceptions in two seasons at Virginia). He tends to lean too heavily on his arm strength, not throwing with anticipation and touch. Benkert might sneak into the end of the fifth if a team falls in love with his cannon of an arm.

Late-round sleeper(s)
Chase Litton, Marshall (6-6/232)

Like Benkert, the hulking Litton can make all the NFL throws. After manning the starting job for all three of his years at Marshall, Litton made the choice to declare for the draft. Another year might have served him well to develop more as a passer. He has a tendency to lock onto his targets and not see the whole field. He still managed to have an impressive collegiate career, throwing 72 touchdowns to just 31 INTs. There will likely be a coach that sees Litton's arm and thinks he can make him a player.

Logan Woodside, Toledo (6-2/201)
Woodside won't wow anyone with his size or his arm, but he's smart, athletic and tough. He's extremely accurate (65 percent) and was prolific in his final two seasons at Toledo, tossing 73 TDs to only 17 interceptions. His intangibles are off the charts, but his size and arm will probably limit him to being a career backup. Woodside may not get drafted, but he'll certainly get an invite to someone's camp. Woodside or Litton would make sense as "camp arms" for the Eagles while Wentz recovers from his knee injury.

Villanova's dominance over Richmond at home ends

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Villanova's dominance over Richmond at home ends

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Kyle Lauletta passed for 259 yards to become the 10th player in FCS history to pass for 3,000 yards in three straight seasons and Richmond breezed to a 22-0 victory over Villanova on Saturday.

Lauletta completed 25 of 32 passes and also ran for 46 yards and a touchdown for the Spiders (5-4, 3-3 Colonial Athletic Association), who snapped a seven-game skid at Villanova. Lauletta has thrown for 3,212 yards this season.

The Spiders rushed for 175 yards against the Wildcats (4-5, 2-4), who came into the game allowing just 57.8 yards per game -- second in the FCS.

Xavier Goodall carried 19 times for 116 yards and a score for Richmond.

True freshman Kyle McCloskey completed just 6 of 17 passes for 90 yards, with 60 yards coming on Simon Bingelis' lone catch. It was McCloskey's second career start.

Richmond has played ranked opponents in seven of nine games this season.