The Philadelphia Eagles had one of the most surprising picks of the 2020 NFL Draft when they selected Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round.
With Carson Wentz firmly entrenched as the team’s franchise quarterback, spending a second-round selection on Hurts sparked questions about the Eagles’ plans for the dual-threat playmaker.
“He has a unique skill set,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Friday night during a conference call with reporters. “You see what Taysom Hill has done in New Orleans. It’s something we’re going to explore.”
With no clear path (if any at all) for Hurts to make an impact as a quarterback, the only conceivable way he’ll be able to contribute during his first contract in Philadelphia is as a gadget offensive weapon. And while that role certainly has some value, it’s not nearly enough to justify using the 53rd overall pick on.
Wentz’s history of injuries requires the Eagles to have a strong backup plan in place, and maybe Hurts will get an unexpected opportunity if another injury strikes Philadelphia’s franchise player. He’s more talented than Nate Sudfeld, the current QB2 on the depth chart, and should have little trouble surpassing him in the quarterback pecking order this summer.
Philadelphia is a unique sports city. The fans won’t waste any time clamoring for Hurts if Wentz hits a slump in 2020. And while that’s an unlikely scenario, it’s still an unnecessary potential source of drama that the team didn’t need to bring upon itself.
But hey, Taysom Hill, right?