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NFL Draft Results: Eagles trade back and pick Clayton Thorson

The Eagles have a new quarterback.

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With the 167th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select ... Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson. Huh.

The Eagles were originally set to pick at No. 163 but they traded down several spots. The New England Patriots sent picks No. 167 and No. 246 to Philly.

Thorson, who turns 24 in December, measures in at 6-4, 222 pounds. He completed 58.4% of his college attempts for a 6.3 average, 61 touchdowns, and 45 interceptions. Thorson scored 27 rushing touchdowns on 1.1 yards per rush attempt. Those aren’t good numbers.

Thorson also has an injury history. He suffered a torn ACL injury in early January 2018. Despite this, he still played 14 games as a senior.

We knew the Eagles were potentially in the market for a developmental quarterback with Nick Foles gone and Nate Sudfeld set to be a free agent after this season. Thorson will be the favorite to beat out former AAF starter Luis Perez for a third quarterback spot.

This isn’t the most inspiring pick the Eagles have ever made.

Scouting report via’s Lance Zierlein:

Four-year starter with good size and fundamentals who never really improved after his breakout 2016 season. Thorson was hamstrung by below-average talent at the skill positions but never showed an ability to work beyond his offense’s limitations. His limited field vision combined with plus physical traits gives him a chance to become an average backup in a pro-style offense.

Spider graph via Mockdraftable:

Remaining Eagles draft picks

1st - No. 22 - OT Andre Dillard

2nd - No. 53 - RB Miles Sanders

2nd - No. 57 - WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

4th - No. 138 - DE Shareef Miller

5th - No. 167 - QB Clayton Thorson

7th - No. 246

Eagles top remaining needs

Defensive tackle

Interior offensive line



2019 NFL Draft schedule

  • Day 3: Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick
  • (Compensatory picks = 4 minutes)


Grade the Eagles’ selection of Clayton Thorson at No. 167 overall

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