The latest Eagles rumor involves Philadelphia having interest in a 2015 NFL Draft prospect who happens to play quarterback. No, it's not Marcus Mariota.
According to Denver-based radio host Benjamin Allbright, the Eagles might be interested in ... Colorado State's Garrett Grayson. Allbright also notes that Sam Bradford is still the Eagles' short-term plan.
Allbright isn't necessarily the most established reporter, so take this rumor for what it's worth. But do recognize that Allbright reported the Rams were a "leading contender" to acquire for Nick Foles just a day before the actual trade happened.
The Eagles have reportedly shown some interest in Grayson. According to The Denver Post, Grayson "excelled" in a formal interview with Philadelphia. If you're looking for a deeper connection, take note that Grayson's head coach, Jim McElwain, overlapped with current Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz for a little bit at Alabama.
The 6-2, 213 pound Grayson played in a spread system in high school. His recruiting page lists him as a dual-threat quarterback. Some teams wanted him to play safety. Grayson finished his four-year college career with 688 completions (61.8%), 64 touchdowns, and 27 interceptions on 1,113 attempts. He averaged 8.3 yards per throw.
Grayson didn't work out at the 2015 NFL Combine due to a hamstring injury. He reportedly had a good pro day showing, however:
"Grayson completed 70 of 74 passes in a typical pro day throwing session that included the full route tree and movement drops to show his mobility and passing on the run. He also performed the agility tests with a [121 inch] broad jump, 34-inch vertical and a 40-yard dash in the mid-4.5's."
For comparison, Mariota had a broad jump of 121 inches, a vertical of 36 inches, and a 40-yard dash of 4.52.
Grayson is currently projected to be a third or fourth round pick by CBS Sports. Mike Mayock currently has him ranked as the fourth best quarterback in this year's draft behind Mariota, Jameis Winston, and Brett Hundley.
Here's a scouting report on Grayson from BGN's Mike Kaye.
"Strengths - Grayson is a West Coast-style quarterback who is good at setting up long gains off intermediate throws. Accurate and comfortable in the pocket, Grayson has good field vision. He uses good footwork and can make a variety of throws. He has touch on his throws and puts good placement on his passes. He has a decent long ball. Grayson has a lot of experience in the read option and has solid pocket mobility.
Weaknesses - Grayson has trouble throwing on the move and isn't extremely quick. He takes a lot of sacks and sometimes holds on to the ball too long while letting a play develop. He has a wide motion that leads to an inconsistent speed on his passes and he needs to do a better job of stepping up in the pocket."
The Eagles' QB situation is currently fluid. Barring a trade for Mariota, Bradford projects to be the team's starter in 2015. But he's an obvious injury risk and he's on the last year of his contract. Mark Sanchez is under contract through 2016 but he's a backup at best. The team doesn't appear to be high on Matt Barkley so perhaps Grayson could be a developmental project for Chip Kelly.