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Another Philadelphia Eagles season is in the books and what a ride it was, to start the article we have to go all the way back to the 20-21 offseason with the trade of Carson Wentz that Howie Roseman actually won and the Eagles now own three first round picks in the upcoming NFL Draft. Carson Wentz was unhappy with the Eagles for various reasons and everyone has their opinions on what actually happened in the relationship between Carson Wentz and Eagles GM Howie Roseman.
The Eagles now own the 15th overall pick (traded from Miami) the 16th overall pick (traded from Indy in Wentz trade) and their own pick at 19th overall. I can’t even begin to start on what they need, obviously the Defense needs work and as much as I know they will not do it the Eagles should make Linebacker a no questions asked priority and upgrade over Alex Singleton. On any other NFL team he’s a backup. I will keep it simple and talk about the most important position in team sports Quarterback first.
1. Should the Philadelphia Eagles be in the mix for a quarterback?
The Philadelphia Eagles found mixed results with second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts as their starter in 2021. At times, the former second-round pick played like new coach Nick Sirianni's offensive MVP, using both his arm and legs to guide a 9-8 finish and playoff appearance. On other occasions, like Philadelphia's horrendous wild card loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , Hurts looked overmatched, especially as a passer. Entering the offseason, however, Eagles brass has already endorsed Hurts for the 2022 job, with Sirianni and general manager Howie Roseman telling reporters Wednesday they believe Hurts has earned the position.
"Jalen knows where he stands with us," Sirianni said. "He knows he's our quarterback. ... I thought he did a great job of getting better throughout the year, so there's no secrets there. He knows he's our guy."
Asked repeatedly if he shares the sentiment, and if Hurts has done enough to enter 2022 as the starter, Roseman agreed.
I was extremely critical of Jalen Hurts for the firsts six weeks of the season then I saw what a game plan built around his strengths can produce so yes if they can get the right pieces around Hurts he can be effective but then we saw how bad his decision making is when he has trouble reading a defense as this link below catches Tampa Bay personnel saying “The guy can’t read… keep him moving around now. He’s gonna give us a couple”
When teams shutdown the Eagles run game the same old Jalen Hurts comes out and wreaks havoc with mistakes, but I do think he showed improvement and as of right now I agree with (Howie) Roseman and (Nick) Sirianni and feel Jalen Hurts is the QB moving forward but… That doesn't mean the Eagles can't and won't -- or shouldn't -- explore other QB options ahead of 2022, especially considering they own three first-round picks this offseason. Entering an offseason with plans is one thing; following through on them is another, especially if a veteran like Seahawks star Russell Wilson becomes available. But for now, at least, the club appears to be buying in to the progress of its current QB.
2. What should the Philadelphia Eagles do with their three first-round picks? For this scenario I used CBS Sports writer Ryan Wilson’s mock draft
In light of the way their season ended, my knee-jerk reaction is to have the Eagles use those three first-rounders on the defensive side of the ball. In my latest mock draft, Ryan Wilson had the Eagles taking Georgia edge rusher Travon Walker, Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd and Auburn cornerback Roger McCreary. All three players are coming off fantastic 2021 seasons and would upgrade all three levels of the Eagles defense.
My thoughts on this mock draft are good and extremely reasonable options for the Eagles to retool the defense with these three picks and come into the 2022-23 season ready to take the next step in player development, now this also would need to factor in the Eagles not making a play on a proven veteran QB, and signing a veteran #2WR call me crazy but the name Allen Robinson keeps dancing in my head. Right now the Eagles have four WR’s under contract for next season currently on the active roster Da’vonte Smith, Quez Watkins, Jalen Reagor and JJAW.
Written By: Eric Perugini
Courtesy of: CEVsports.com
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