Let’s all just agree to forget about Clayton Thorson, shall we?
Last year the Philadelphia Eagles took a swing at the plate on a Senior Bowl quarterback and needless to say it was not great. They followed up by grabbing a Senior Bowl guy from the previous year in Kyle Lauletta, making him one of the highest paid practice squad players in the league. Will the third time be the charm and provide some solid depth for the Eagles? Looking at this group and their performance to this point, there’s not a lack of talent but the day three options look a little light.
Starting with the top tier, Oregon’s Justin Herbert has been quietly rock solid and has all but cemented his first round stock. He’s head and shoulders above the rest of the group here but there’s still a shot there’s a second quarterback from this group that goes in the first thirty-two selections.
That’s because Utah State’s Jordan Love has a chance to join a long history of quarterback’s that sneak their way into day one of the draft in league starving for capable signal-callers. He helped himself in day two of practice after an up-and-down day one and teams are going to want to know what happened to his production from year-to-year but he’s got plenty of tools that will entice teams.
Dialing on on potential late round selections, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts has showed well and has already drawn some interesting comparisons whether it be Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott. While those might be a reach, he might attract a team like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where Bruce Arians could fall in love with his deep ball accuracy and maturity as a sort of anti-Jameis Winston insurance policy.
Our favorite prospect from this group from an entertainment standpoint is Washington State’s Anthony Gordon. He’s a real risk-taking roller-coaster, but as we discuss on the show, we’d rather try to turn the volume down on an aggressive quarterback than attempt to infuse aggressiveness in a conservative quarterback.
“Anthony Gordon is an exciting developmental prospect with plenty of tools at his disposal. A one year starter, Gordon needs patience and development to master timing concepts, layered reads and consistency in his work within the pocket — yet he illustrates strong arm strength, one of the more live arms in the class and a natural sense for working (and thriving) off script. He’s the preferred Early Day 3 developmental QB of the 2020 NFL Draft class.” - Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network
The other prospects, well, they’re here... so there’s that. We talk about the whole group plus some thoughts on the recent development with Josh McCown on The QB Scho Show #50! Listen on the media player below or click here if the player doesn’t load. New to podcasts?! Check out our guide on how to listen and subscribe to BGN! FLY EAGLES FLY!