The Eagles have an interesting situation at quarterback. While Nick Foles was terrific in 2013, last season was a bit of a nightmare. Now, Foles enters the offseason in a contract year and the Eagles may need to prepare themselves if he can't bounce back. Philadelphia will need to think long and hard before investing a premium draft pick in a quarterback, but rumors seem to persist that they will take a chance on a passer early.
If the Eagles avoid trading up for Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston, they may opt to stay at No. 20 and take UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. While that would be perceived as a reach by a lot of pundits (including myself), stranger things have happened.
A native of Chandler, Ariz., Hundley was a top quarterback recruit coming out of high school. He committed to UCLA in 2011 and was redshirted as a true freshman. He started all 14 games in 2012 and completed 319-of-479 passes (66.6%) for 3,745 yards, 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while running for 355 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.
In 2013, Hundley started all 13 games and completed 248-of-369 passes (67.2%) for 3,071 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions while running for 748 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Last season, he started all 13 games and completed 271-of-392 passes (69.1%) for 3,155 yards while running for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He ranks first all-time in UCLA history in touchdown passes (75) and total yardage (11,713). He was voted second team All-Pac-12 this past season.
He was invited to the Senior Bowl but passed on participating in practices and the game.
Weight: 226 lbs.
Arm Length: 32 1/2"
Hands: 10 1/2"
40: 4.63 sec. (tied for 4th among QBs)
3 Cone: 6.93 sec. (3rd among QBs)
Short Shuttle: 3.98 sec. (Top run for QB in Combine history)
Vertical: 36. inches (tied for 3rd among QBs)
Broad: 120.0 inches
Brett Hundley loves Chip Kelly to death
The UCLA quarterback is a big fan of the Eagles' head coach.
Hundley offers excellent footwork and has ideal mobility in the pocket and on the run. He is at good dinking and dunking the ball on short-yardage plays and is read-option proficient. He's not afraid to throw to a covered receiver and let him make a play. He trusts his receivers, especially in the redzone. He can make every type of throw and is able to change up the velocity of his throws. He is dangerous in the redzone as both a passer and runner. He has a quick release in his throwing motion.
His accuracy is wildly inconsistent. He will go through long stretches where he will be off with the placement or timing of the ball. He is quick to run when nothing is available and typically doesn't go through several reads during a play. He snapped the ball almost entirely out of shotgun in college so he will have to adapt to taking the ball from under center at the next level. He gets baited by defensive backs due to the fact that he is asked to make a lot of pre-snap reads.
The Eagles need to make some decisions at quarterback. While Foles has shown promise in Chip Kelly's offense, it does seem like a mobile threat would open the passing lanes up a little bit more. In a scheme that relies so heavily on space, Hundley is a threat to run for 20 yards or throw for 60 on any given play. While some think Hundley is a first round talent, I tend to sit the group that looks at him as a Day 2 guy, as he is my fourth-ranked passer (behind Winston, Mariota and Garrett Grayson). However, it only takes one team to make a player a first round pick and the Eagles could be that organization. He has noted that he loves the Eagles and is a massive Donovan McNabb fan.