The Philadelphia Eagles have 10 draft picks at the 2022 NFL Draft happening at the end of this month.
Those draft picks are as follows:
- Round 1 (Pick 15 from Dolphins)
- Round 1 (Pick 18 from Saints)
- Round 2 (Pick 51)
- Round 3 (Pick 83)
- Round 3 (Pick 101 from Saints)
- Round 4 (Pick 124)
- Round 5 (Pick 154 from Commanders)
- Round 5 (Pick 162)
- Round 5 (Pick 166 from Cardinals)
- Round 7 (Pick 237 from Saints)
As a result, this is a great time for the Eagles to get young talent onto the team at many positions.
Should one of those draft picks be a quarterback?
In spite of having a young QB1 in Jalen Hurts, is a quarterback on the draft board for the Eagles?
It should be, and here are three reasons why.
1. They Are Not 100% Sold On Jalen Hurts
Whether it is correct or incorrect, the front office is not yet convinced that Jalen Hurts is the Eagles’ franchise quarterback.
Perhaps it is because they were burned by the Carson Wentz experience or because Hurts is still developing, but they obviously are not all in with Hurts.
What other explanation could there be for the team to do so much legwork on Deshaun Watson in recent months?
Watson ended up with the Cleveland Browns, but that does not mean the doubts about Hurts went away.
#Eagles GM Howie Roseman has conducted significant due diligence on Deshaun Watson, even sending an investigator to Houston to look into the legal situation and contacting Rusty Hardin (Watson’s attorney), per sources who spoke to @AaronWilson_NFL.https://t.co/bXW5MwMqRc
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) March 7, 2022
Jalen Hurts gonna feel the heat this season. Eagles trying to upgrade. He is just a placeholder till they can find a better solution… https://t.co/MpsYiSudEA
— #FireHowie #Jalen Hurts is not a franchise qb (@richsmoothie23) April 17, 2022
That same level of due diligence on Watson is now being applied to potential quarterback draft picks at a much lower cost and risk to the team and franchise.
2. Is Gardner Minshew On The Move?
Gardner Minshew is the QB2 in Philadelphia, at least for the time being.
There has been plenty of social media chatter about Minshew moving to Seattle or even Carolina.
The fact is that Minshew is a solid backup, but if the Eagles are even remotely considering trading him, then they need to draft a QB immediately.
@Seahawks QB Gardner Minshew would be a perfect 👍 fit for starting QB. He is great under pressure. He brings a motivational presence to the team and ranks above almost every other QB in the league. Give him a chance Seahawks!
— CALIMIKE😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎 (@valerie7721) April 17, 2022
I’m going to give you 4 Seahawks QB options… which one would you pick?
– Stick with Drew Lock
– Trade for Baker Mayfield
– Trade for Gardner Minshew
– Use Pick 9 for Malik Willis pic.twitter.com/lZHfvpHLkc
— Sports ON Tap Seattle 🎙 (@SONTSeattle) April 9, 2022
3. Upgrade From Current QB3 Reid Sinnett
I live in a household of Eagles fans.
When I asked who is the QB3 on the Eagles roster right now, neither of them thought the Eagles had one.
I mentioned to them that Reid Sinnett was in fact the team’s QB3, and one said, “I never heard of him.”
This is a person who listens to Philly sports radio and is very in tune with his team even in the offseason.
As expected, Reid Sinnett rejoins Fins, on their practice squad. Has become solid developmental QB.
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) September 1, 2021
If the Eagles also are feeling ho-hum about their QB3, an undrafted free agent in 2020, who has never taken a snap in an NFL game after two seasons, they might want to upgrade with a quarterback prospect they believe is better than Sinnett.
In this era of making an impact quickly, college quarterbacks need to come to the NFL and prove themselves as soon as their numbers are called to play.
Even if the Eagles do not draft a QB during the 2022 NFL Draft in Las Vegas, Hurts still needs to upgrade his personal performance this season to ensure he has a future with the team.