With the No. 53 pick in the NFL Draft the Philadelphia Eagles drafted quarterback Jalen Hurts out of Oklahoma. The move is an unexpected one considering the team's current situation.
With 27-year-old Carson Wentz directing the offense, quarterback did not seem like a position needed to address. While Wentz has regressed since his MVP-like season in 2017 and struggled with injuries, he's still an elite option under center when healthy and given weapons.
Even with Hurts dominant senior season at Oklahoma that included over 3,800 yards and 32 touchdowns, he's not in the running to overthrow Wentz.
Hurts can easily become a top-tier backup for the Eagles as he progresses, but was grabbing a backup quarterback in the second round the best decision?
The Eagles have plenty of other areas to address. Though first-round pick Jalen Reagor will help strengthen a receiver core that struggled in 2019, another pass-catcher couldn't hurt. Maybe that comes in a later round, but linebacker and cornerback are among other positions that need help.
Only time will tell. But something to consider giving where the Eagles took Hurts is that he may not be used as just a quarterback. Viewed as an all-around athlete, Doug Pederson could find ways to get Hurts involved in his creative offense and special teams from other spots on the field. Think Taysom Hill 2.0.
Additionally, maybe there are greater concerns surrounding Wentz and his ability to stay healthy. No matter what comes of it, Philadelphia's selection of Hurts in the second round is truly one of the most shocking moments of the draft so far.
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