NFL Draft: Eagles select potential QB of the future in PFF’s latest mock draft
Jalen Hurts has roughly four more weeks to win over the Eagles’ front office ahead of the offseason.
Hurts has been productive for the most part this year. He trails only Lamar Jackson in rushing yards at the QB position and led the league in QBR from Weeks 7-11 — but questions still loom about his overall arm talent.
JALEN HURTS OWNS CARL GRANDERSON’S ANKLES. pic.twitter.com/t5Jw2Ii75c— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) November 21, 2021
The Eagles will have three first-round picks at their disposal in next year’s draft — and many are already speculating if the Eagles will actually keep those picks.
The upcoming QB class isn’t as impressive as in years past, but that won’t stop GM Howie Roseman from diligently improving the position.
PFF recently released their latest mock draft and have the Eagles selecting their potential signal-caller of the future with the No. 11 overall pick:
“DO NOT OVERREACT, EAGLES FANS. JALEN HURTS HAS BEEN SOLID THIS YEAR. THIS DOES NOT MEAN PHILLY IS GIVING UP ON JALEN HURTS.
If you’ve made it to this point, Eagles faithful, I applaud you for working past the CMND+F “Eagles” and hearing me out. Hurts ranks 11th among all quarterbacks in PFF grade (80.0) this season. He’s played well and exceeded a lot of people’s expectations — so much so that Philadelphia’s brass should feel that they can keep him in their plans, at least for the immediate future.
However, the Eagles do have three first-round picks in 2022 and, therefore, an opportunity to add talent around Hurts and add competition at the most important position in football. Give Hurts the starting nod (obviously) in 2022 and reward him if he continues to improve and lead Philly to successful postseason efforts. Corral will still have obvious value in a league where trades for Sam Darnold and Carson Wentz are receiving second-round picks on the open market. And if Hurts doesn’t rise to the occasion in 2022, give the reins to Corral and get an early start on finding the quarterback of the future.“
The perspective from PFF on the Eagles’ QB position is a unique one. Drafting a quarterback that high in the draft while still rolling with your current starter can be destructive — see Carson Wentz // Jalen Hurts.
If Philly does decide to give Hurts’ another year, it would be advantageous to load up on defense similarly to how Dallas did in the 2020 draft.
The defensive talent in this class is exceptional. Finding a Derek Stingley Jr. or Kyle Hamilton would benefit the team more in the long term than adding yet another QB to the “factory.”
Making Hurts’ life easier with an improved defense and signing a veteran WR2 is the route I would go next offseason.
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