The Philadelphia Eagles currently have the best quarterback situation in the NFL. Carson Wentz is an MVP caliber talent. Nick Foles is a Super Bowl MVP. Nate Sudfeld (aka Nate STUDfeld) is a young player who has shown promise.
Despite this, the Eagles are not done doing their homework at the position. Philadelphia met with top quarterback prospect and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson at the 2018 NFL Combine, according to Lamar Jackson.
Lamar Jackson says he’s formally met with the #Eagles— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) March 2, 2018
It’s interesting that the Eagles used one of their 60 allowed interviews on a quarterback. It’s even more interesting that they used it on Jackson, who is a polarizing prospect.
You might think that the Eagles view Jackson as a wide receiver (as some people do), but apparently that’s not the case. Jackson said no teams have asked him to work out at receiver.
So, what’s to make of the Eagles meeting with Jackson?
Answer: QUARTERBACK CONTROVERSY IN PHILADELPHIA!
For real, though, I imagine Philadelphia is just doing their due diligence in case Jackson falls further than expected and they really like him. Note that he’s currently projected to be drafted in the first or second round. Mike Mayock has Jackson as his fifth-ranked QB.
With Foles potentially being traded this offseason and Wentz potentially not ready for Week 1, it’s not entirely out of the question the Eagles could draft a passing prospect. Jeffrey Lurie has previously said the Eagles want to get back to the Andy Reid days of continuing to invest in the quarterback position.
But it’s not very likely to happen. The Eagles currently only have six picks in this year’s draft. Wentz is going to be the starter here for a very long time. Even if Foles isn’t back, the Eagles seem to be very high on Sudfeld. Roseman said they believe he has the potential to be a starter.
Although it’ll be interesting to see where Jackson ends up, it’s virtually safe to say it won’t be in Philly.
Related reading: check out this article on Jackson via BGN’s Benjamin Solak.
Not only is Lamar Jackson a quarterback, but his mechanical deficiencies as a thrower are overblown. I talk about why/under what contexts QB mechanics matter, and how Lamar has special ability as a thrower that goes wildly underappreciated:https://t.co/Hquy1UAhra— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) February 28, 2018