Could Eagles End Up Taking A QB In First Round Of NFL Draft?

Eagles, NFL Draft
NFL Analysis Network

The Philadelphia Eagles have already made the most of the draft capital that they compiled for the 2022 NFL Draft. They pulled off a blockbuster deal with the New Orleans Saints, which resulted in them having only two first-round picks in this year’s draft, but they added a first in 2023 and a second in 2024.

That is a great deal for the Eagles, who will still be able to add some impact players this year but have added even more draft capital for the future. While owner Jeffrey Lurie heaped praise on starting quarterback Jalen Hurts, he did end his comments by saying, “who knows what the future holds?”

For Philadelphia, could that mean a new quarterback sooner than later? Hurts is an incredible athlete, as he does a lot of damage with his legs. He needs to improve as a passer if he wants to keep his starting job with the Eagles.

This trade puts them in a position to target a quarterback in the coming drafts should the need arise. Hurts is up for an extension following the 2022 season, so if he doesn’t produce at a level the Eagles like, they can move on from him after this season.

However, over at Sporting News, they believe that Hurts’ time as the starter in Philadelphia is already coming to an end. With the 15th overall pick, they have Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett as the mocked selection.

Pickett doesn’t have the impact as a runner that Hurts does, but he provides enough athleticism to get the job done when need be on the ground. However, he is much more advanced when it comes to his ability to play from the pocket, as he showed he could make every throw during his final season with the Panthers when he was a Heisman finalist.

If the Eagles wanted to select a quarterback this year, however, they wouldn’t have traded some selections to the Saints. There are other needs on the roster that should be addressed with the first-round picks this year, as the trade puts them in a position to address quarterback next year should they not be pleased with Hurts’ development.

It would make more sense for the Eagles to continue addressing needs on the defensive side of the ball or to add another pass-catcher to give Hurts the best chance to succeed this season.