I’ll Say It, I Like The Jalen Hurts Pick!
Jalen Hurts

I’ll Say It, I Like The Jalen Hurts Pick!


While I’ll admit the pick was slightly premature, I must say, I’m excited to see what comes of selecting Jalen Hurts in the 2nd round, 53rd overall of the 2020 NFL Draft. The look on Carson Wentz face back  at home in Southern Jersey must have been priceless. According to Spotrac.com, “Carson Wentz signed a 4 year, $128,000,000 contract with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019, including a $16,367,683 signing bonus with $107,970,683 guaranteed.” Spotrac.com Why sign a backup with your second pick when your starter still needs receiving weapons? Yes, the Eagles drafted TCU’s Jalen Reagor in the 1st round.  Yes, I think he was one of the most solid outside threats compared to the alternatives that the Eagles had to choose from (considering CeeDee got sniped by Dallas). But with that said, using a second round pick on a backup QB surprised me like the rest of Eagles Nation. I figured more offense was the clear way to go here. But then I took a second look, and here’s what I found…

Jalen Hurts is a solid weapon. Although Wentz will be the starter, there are many applications for a talented rookie like Hurts in this system. Firstly, you get a solid, mobile backup to learn under Wentz (which is how QB coaching is meant to be handled in my opinion). Wentz will undoubtedly teach this kid the ropes - Good religious boy like Carson Wentz will relish in this role. Next, this pick provides significant safety for the Eagles. Wentz is by no means unbreakable. Carson Wentz has been injured five times over his career, four of which in the NFL. Drafting Hurts prepares them for this scenario. Okay, here’s a question, could we see both Wentz and Hurts on the field at the same time? I say, fuck ya! Why not? Jalen Hurts might be on the smaller side of the QB spectrum at 6’2 218 lbs but he’s the perfect candidate for some RPO trickery. For those who don’t know RPO stands for run, pass, option. I see realistic scenarios where Wentz and Hurts are on the field at the same time giving them the option to run with Hurts or pass with Wentz. For that matter, you can also run with Wentz and pass with Hurts. Both QB's have the ability to both run and throw, that is a HUGE benefit. I know that’s a little out there but it does make perfect sense, especially in red zone sets. Will we see Hurts on the punt/kickoff teams? Who knows, maybe! They want this guy involved, which is why they spent a second round pick on him. Philadelphia planned to draft Hurts at all, if not most costs and to them a second round pick was worth it and I agree! Eagles fans seemed outraged and I get it...At first glance but please Eagles nation, listen to me, Hurts is no threat to Wentz! He is an aid. In terms of your organization, consider yourself set at QB for the next 10 years. The last benefit of drafting Jalen Hurts is trade bait. A mobile, accurate, capable QB like Jalen Hurts could very well be valuable come Week six if someone goes down. The range of options Philadelphia has now by acquiring Jalen Hurts are plentiful. Despite Eagles nation not being thrilled about this pick at the moment, I believe we will look back at this “premature” 2nd round pick and clap for a great selection by Eagles coaches/front office. 

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