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NFL Draft Rumors: Eagles might not be in play for a first round quarterback

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Time to slow down the hype train?

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

There's been a lot of speculation lately that the Eagles might draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. This hype has been fueled by the reports of the Eagles privately working out top quarterback prospect such as Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, Paxton Lynch, etc. Other reports suggest the Eagles might try to trade up high in the draft to make sure they get the passer they want.

As it turns out, not everyone is buying the quarterback talk. Check out what Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting recently had to say:

The 49ers and Eagles have had rumored interest in quarterbacks, but I’ve been almost told to almost entirely rule out the Eagles making a move or drafting a quarterback at #8, and doubt Goff to the 49ers at 7th overall; They have their eyes on other quarterbacks later the draft, though he may be in play should Goff slip on draft day.

The fact that the Eagles are working out a bunch of top quarterback prospects doesn't necessarily mean they'll end up taking one. It's possible both Wentz and Goff could be off the board by the time Philadelphia picks at No. 8. And then even if they make it there, they simply might not be in love with either prospect.

But I don't buy that the Eagles are totally out of play for a first round passer. These scouting trips around the country aren't some mere smokescreen. The fact that team Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie is traveling with the Eagles shows they mean business. The Eagles are legitimately doing their homework. Now, they may not end up liking what they discover, sure, but the intent to find a rookie passer seems genuine.

Just because the Eagles spent a lot of money on Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel this offseason doesn't take them out of the mix for a quarterback. Those guys might only be short-term solutions at best. The NFL Draft is about thinking long-term. The Eagles very well may draft a position other than quarterback in the first round, but I have a hard time believing they won't at least be in the mix to get one.