The Philadelphia Eagles are almost definitely going to draft a quarterback this year.
While it likely won’t be with any of their four picks in the first three rounds of the draft (you honestly never know with Howie Roseman and his esteemed QB factory), the simple reality is that targeting a Day 3 prospect to come in and takeover Nate Sudfeld’s role makes plenty of sense. Joe Flacco will suit up as the primary backup on game days, while this third QB will have time to learn the Eagles system and grow as a passer.
The Eagles attempted to land themselves a new QB3 back in 2019 with the selection of Clayton Thorson in the fifth round, and he didn’t even make it out of the preseason. Hopefully this year’s late-round prospects have some better luck.
Some Day 3 quarterbacks that the Philadelphia Eagles should be targeting:
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Jamie Newman, Georgia/Wake Forest
Projected to be Georgia’s starting QB in 2020 prior to his decision to opt out, NFL scouts are going to have to evaluate Jamie Newman solely off what he did across 18 games at Wake Forest. His completion percentage was on the low side (60.5%), and his TD/ratio wasn’t anything special (35/16). However, Newman has the type of physical tools that will excite most front offices around the NFL.
A dual-threat QB who racked up 800+ yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground during his time at Wake Forest, Newman fits the mold in terms of what many teams are looking for in quarterback prospects. A majority of QBs coming out of the draft are able to move like a running back these days, and Newman is no exception.
Newman would make a lot of sense for the Eagles due to the fact that he could operate in a style very similar to that of Jalen Hurts. If Nick Sirianni commits to building an offense based around Hurts’ ability to move and extend plays, Newman would be able to run the same type of playbook.
If Newman picks up on an NFL playbook rather quickly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him end up as an established “QB2” by his sophomore season.
Newman would likely require an early Day 3 pick, which I definitely wouldn’t rule outside the realm of possibility considering how obsessed Roseman is with stacking up on QB talent.