The Eagles head into free agency with Nick Foles, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne on their roster at quarterback. While Foles looked terrific in 2013, he took a big step back last season and Barkley and Kinne have proven little to nothing in their two seasons in Philadelphia. The Eagles at least need to be covered with depth behind Foles heading into the season.
The quarterback options in both free agency and the draft are limited. Mark Sanchez is probably the best available option and he didn't exactly thrive in the spotlight last season. For the draft, the Eagles may not be able to pick up Marcus Mariota and may have to settle for later round talent. If the Eagles do decide to go that route, they could consider Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty.
A native of Midlothian, Tex., Petty committed to Baylor in 2010. He redshirted during his first year on campus and served as a backup during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Petty took over in 2013 and started all 13 games. He completed 250-of-403 passes (62%) for 4,200 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also added 209 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. He was named an All-American for his success as a junior.
Last season, Petty was once again an All-American. He started 12 games and completed 270-of-428 passes (63.1%) for 3,855 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He added another 101 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.
Weight: 230 lbs.
Arm Length: 31 7/8"
40: 4.87 sec.
3-Cone: 6.91 sec. (second among QBs)
Broad Jump: 121.0 inch (tied for third among QBs)
Vertical Jump: 34.0 inch (fifth among QBs)
Shuttle: 4.13 inch (fifth among QBs)
Petty is proficient with the read option and uses his above-average mobility to his advantage. He has good vision downfield and is easily able to connect with open receivers. He is accurate downfield and leads his receivers well. He has good timing on short yardage passes and has a good mix of velocity and touch on his throws. He trusts his play calls and receivers and will throw into traffic. He is tough as nails and is willing to take hits when stepping up in the pocket or running for extra yards.
Petty was asked to make limited reads in the Baylor offense. He is not use to taking ball from under center and has never had to be a dropback passer. He will get excited and will let go of the ball too quickly at times. Other times, he will hold on to the ball too long and take unnecessary hits.
He can be a gunslinger at times which leads to bizarre interceptions. He is a bit fearless, which has led to injury issues in the past. He has a habit of telegraphing throws and staring down his receivers.