NFL Draft 2020: Eagles select QB Jalen Hurts with 2nd round pick | 3 instant takeaways


The Eagles added a talented quarterback to support Carson Wentz on Friday in the second round of the NFL draft.

The team selected Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts with a total of 53rd picks on Day 2 of the draft weekend.

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Hurts was the fifth quarter selected during the weekend draft.

The 6-foot-1, 222-pound signalman began his college career in Alabama in 2016. The Houston native led the Crimson Tide to the 2017 BCS National Championship game, but was ranked for future Top-5 pick, Tua Tagovailoa, during the second half of the big match. Tagovailoa led Alabama to a championship win and Hurts to the quarterback.

After spending the entire 2018 season as a substitute, Hurts was transferred to Oklahoma for his last university season. He completed 69.7% of his passes for 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his only season with the Sooners. In his four college seasons combined, Hurts produced 80 touchdowns and only 20 interceptions. He also ran for 20 touchdowns.

Hurts ran an impressive 4.59-second 40-yard run at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He also posted a vertical jump of 35 inches.

Although Hurts is primarily a quarterback, his athleticism should allow the Eagles to use him creatively in other roles. The Eagles could write a package to put Hurts and Wentz on the field at the same time.

Hurts could follow the popular trend of Taysom Hill in the NFL. Hill plays in special teams and is used on central forwards in attack while serving as a backup quarterback for Drew Brees. Hurts could offer similar versatility in Philadelphia.

Here are three instant takeouts after the Eagles’ second round pick:

1. WOW! The Eagles now have a new long-term backup for Wentz. Maybe Hurts will turn into A.J. Feeley or Kevin Kolb as an asset to quarter guru Doug Pederson. This choice was completely outside the left field, but the Eagles are clearly investing in the quarterback position. Hurts is solid insurance for Wentz, who has suffered several injuries during his career.

2. What does this mean for Nate Sudfeld? Well, that means he’s probably competing for his work during the offseason. Hurts is expected to be the best backup sooner (do you have it?) Rather than later. Sudfeld only signed a minimum one-year contract, so he could easily be cut with just $ 500,000 in dead money. After being overtaken during this last offseason, Sudfeld is again challenged (or replaced) as a backup of Wentz.

3. The Eagles wanted to invest in an emergency quarterback. The Eagles did a ton of scouting work on the backup quarterbacks during the draft process. Hurts was the crown jewel of the development watch group in this class. It’s an interesting but logical move, given the value the Eagles place on the position. The Eagles also want to be more creative in attack and Hurts’ athleticism should allow Pederson to use him in several roles.

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