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Eagles News: Jalen Hurts dubbed as a winner from Philadelphia’s trade down

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Winners/Losers from San Francisco 49ers, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles trades - PFF
WINNER: Jalen Hurts — Hurts now appears all but set to start at quarterback for the Eagles in 2021. The 22-year-old quarterback made just four starts in his rookie season, so it would be somewhat unfair to write him off at this point. Still, that small sample wasn’t all that pretty from a passing perspective. He was far too willing to hold onto the ball — just as he was at Oklahoma — and he paired that with poor ball placement and suspect decision-making. The Alabama and Oklahoma product recorded nine turnover-worthy plays across 197 dropbacks and finished the season with a 50.4% accuracy rate that ranked 38th among 41 qualifying quarterbacks. The best path to success with Hurts is to build an offense around his ability to impact the game with his legs, similar to what Greg Roman did with Tyrod Taylor in Buffalo back in 2015 and 2016. Hurts now gets his shot to showcase his skills and is a big winner after Friday’s trades.

8 takeaways from the Eagles’ trade down to No. 12 in the 2021 NFL Draft - BGN
In the short-term, Hurts is clearly QB1. Barring something unexpected, this trade down prevents him from being supplanted by a rookie drafted this year. This outcome doesn’t come as a surprise given Jeffrey Lurie’s mandate that he needs to be the 2021 starter. The feeling here has been that riding with Hurts this season is the right call. [...] The Eagles couldn’t rely on getting a quarterback at No. 6. It’s now clear that three are going in the top three picks and there could very well be a fourth selected before Philly’s original pick. The Eagles didn’t really have the proper assets to trade up, though reports indicate they did have some level of interest in doing as much. On that note, the Eagles don’t seem to view Hurts as a sure-fire long-term answer. Nor should they! The 22-year-old has much to prove. He has an opportunity to convince the team he’s the right guy to build around by going out and balling this year. It won’t be easy for him because the roster isn’t good and he won’t be benefiting from the Eagles adding a pass-catching weapon at No. 6. If Hurts can thrive against the odds, though, then the Eagles will know he’s the chosen one. If not, they’ll have the assets to potentially pivot to a new starter; be that selecting a passer in the 2022 NFL Draft or acquiring a veteran.

Trade establishes Jalen Hurts as the starting QB, but also that the Eagles are ready to act if he isn’t - Inquirer
While the Eagles did their homework on the top quarterbacks, and reconnaissance on where they will be chosen, their efforts were likely cursory. Owner Jeffrey Lurie had told Roseman to build the roster around Hurts and prioritize his success, NFL sources familiar with the Eagles’ thinking said, confirming an ESPN report from earlier this month. Lurie, who was instrumental in Roseman drafting Hurts in the second round last year, has always valued mobile quarterbacks, and that same thinking has factored into his high regard for Hurts. Does that mean he is sold on the 22-year-old long-term? How could he be after just four varied starts in his rookie season?

FROM THE SB NATION NFL SHOW: Why did the Eagles trade down to #12‪?‬ - BGN Radio
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Grading the move: Eagles trade from No. 6 to No. 12, add another ’22 1st-rounder - The Athletic
What worries me about the move is that it fits too neatly into the narrative of this year’s draft being harder to scout and the team punting as a result. It’s also worth pointing out just how stark the difference is between the No. 6 and No. 12 picks. The last 10 No. 6 overall picks include Justin Herbert, Quenton Nelson, Jamal Adams, Ronnie Stanley, Jake Matthews, Leonard Williams and Julio Jones, all of whom could be fairly described as difference-making players. The group at No. 12 includes four such players (Fletcher Cox, Deshaun Watson, Vita Vea and Odell Beckham) and six others who seem unworthy of the pick in retrospect, even if it’s early for someone like Henry Ruggs. In short, the odds of the Eagles adding the kind of player who can reshape their roster decreased today. I think the move is fine, the timing is not ideal and that it’s fair for you to be wary of the Eagles making the most of the No. 12 pick.

Why are Philadelphia Eagles moving down to No. 12 in 2021 NFL draft? - ESPN
Any dreams fans had of tight end Kyle Pitts or wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase running out of the Lincoln Financial Field tunnel in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform likely went up in smoke Friday when the Eagles traded the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NFL draft along with a 2021 fifth-round pick (No. 156) to the Miami Dolphins for the No. 12 pick, a fourth-round pick (No. 123) and a 2022 first-round pick. The risk here is obvious: The Eagles are passing up the chance to snag a blue-chip playmaker, and it could come back to haunt them. This is a unique year in which a quarterback could be selected with each of the first four picks in the draft, pushing some serious talent down the board in the process. That makes the No. 6 slot pretty desirable. The Dolphins sure thought so. Why pass up on such an opportunity? It gives the Eagles options.

What draft prospects should still be available for the Eagles at pick 12? - PhillyVoice
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama: Waddle’s first four games before he got hurt on the opening kickoff in Game No. 5 against Tennessee. If Waddle never gets hurt, does DeVonta Smith go on to win the Heisman? There are some who believe that Waddle’s traits — namely his elite speed — will translate better to the NFL than Smith’s. He’ll likely be gone at this point, because of that speed, but would be a slam dunk if he’s still there.

A Surprise Trade - Iggles Blitz
Some people were upset at Howie Roseman for moving back because they think there is some other player he prefers or that he’s trying to be too cute about getting the player he wants. Again, you can bet Howie loves Chase and Pitts. They are great prospects. But moving back six spots isn’t that big a deal and the Eagles could have three first round picks next April. That would give them the chance to be very aggressive if they want to trade up for a star or a QB. Or the team could add a lot of talent in one night. I love the thought of three first round picks.

Examining the Eagles’ moves so far in 2021 -
The Eagles have great belief in Jalen Hurts as he enters his second season, but that doesn’t mean they are going to hand him the starting job without him improving his game. Hurts has been hard at work in the offseason and he is projected to take his game to a new level, but defensive coordinators out there have watched every snap from his four starts in 2020 and they’re gameplanning ways to take away Hurts’ mobility and his strong points. So, the Eagles will need to counter with Offensive Coordinator Shane Steichen and Sirianni putting together a great plan when Hurts plays. Is he the starter? Well, as you know, there is no depth chart as Hurts and Flacco head into the spring practices as the only two quarterbacks on the roster. The idea, of course, is that competition brings out the best in the players. That’s the plan across the board here. The Eagles aren’t finished at quarterback. Teams traditionally carry four into Training Camp and most carry three on the active roster in the regular season.

2021 NFL Draft trades: Cowboys now hold the highest pick of all NFC East teams - Blogging The Boys
Ultimately, it likely would have been better for the Cowboys if the Eagles had kept playing musical chairs at quarterback and taken one at number six this season, but there are certainly plenty of pros to them moving just as many spots back. With the Eagles sitting at number 12 now there is no way that they will land LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase or Florida TE Kyle Pitts which means that the Cowboys won’t be having to face them twice a year. That is very good news.

How could Friday’s trades impact the Giants? - Big Blue View
Turning to the NFC East, this removes the possibility of the Eagles taking Chase or Pitts and the Giants having to deal with them for four or five years. However, it also gives the Giants’ division rival additional picks to add to their roster. The Eagles are something of a mess right now, in need of rebuilding an aging and expensive roster, as well as develop QB Jalen Hurts. Additional draft capital this year and next will help them return to being competitive that much sooner.

The Dolphins shook up the NFL draft with 2 big trades - SB Nation
The Eagles get more talent for down the road, while retaining their ability to get a playmaker to help Jalen Hurts. The Eagles’ positions of need don’t really warrant using a Top 10 pick, so they too maximize their value on the back end. Any time a deal this big takes place it’s going to be analyzed for years to come to determine who came out “on top,” but this could be one of the most mutually beneficial deals for every party, assuming players pan out. Neither Miami, nor Philadelphia needed a quarterback, the 49ers did, and everyone found a way to get what they needed out of it.

2021 NFL Draft Special #6: The 49ers move up to #3, Dolphins to #6, Eagles to #1‪2‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Kyle Posey react to two massive trades that were made on Friday between the 49ers, Dolphins, and Eagles. What does the 49ers’ move to #3 say about Jimmy Garoppolo? Which quarterback do the 49ers want with the third pick in the draft? What is Miami thinking by trading down, and then back up again? Does this move mean the Eagles are all-in on Jalen Hurts?

Vikings sign CB Mackensie Alexander - Daily Norseman
On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings brought back yet another familiar face in an effort to help bolster the secondary. Numerous sources are reporting that the Vikings have signed cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Terms of the deal were not immediately made available. Alexander was the Vikings’ second-round pick out of Clemson in the 2016 NFL Draft. After a bit of a struggle his first couple of seasons, he finally embraced the role of inside cornerback in his last couple of seasons with the team and flourished, proving to be a solid member of the secondary. He followed teammate Trae Waynes to Cincinnati for the 2020 season, and is now back where he started. [BLG Note: Another free agent CB option off the board. Alexander had ties to Jonathan Gannon.]


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