During the Eagles’ 2020 draft, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson made some questionable picks. The first of these would be drafting WR Jalen Reagor with the 21st overall pick. With limited quality QB-play at TCU, Reagor had nowhere near the same production as Justin Jefferson or Tee Higgins, who were both still on the board.
Additionally, top-WR prospect CeeDee Lamb dropped all the way to pick 17, and the Eagles had the ability to trade up and grab him. Nonetheless, the Eagles selected Reagor citing his scheme-fit and explosive game-changing speed. While Reagor’s production at TCU was limited, going through his tape displays his versatility and high-ceiling.
The second and most questionable draft pick was selecting QB Jalen Hurts with the 53rd overall pick. With QB Carson Wentz signed for the next 4 years in Philadelphia, this was a pick that nobody was expecting.
Amid all of the confusion, Howie Roseman explained that the Eagles see Hurts as a proven winner and plan to use him similar to how the Saints use Taysom Hill. By moving Hurts around the field and having plays with both Wentz and Hurts in at the same time, the Eagles are trying to create a fast-paced and unpredictable offense.
This selection could go either way, but Hurts surely brings something different to the mix.
While some argue that teams shouldn’t use second round picks on gadget QBs, Jalen Hurts can be much more than that. At face value, Hurts can be a dependable backup or replacement for an injury-prone Carson Wentz.
This would help with situations like last year where the Eagles had unreliable backup QB-play in the playoffs, which cost them against the Seahawks in the Wild Card Round.
Also, with the Eagles covering up all of their other holes during free agency and in later rounds of the draft, they could afford to make this pick. Past the first two rounds of the draft, the Eagles were able to make steals and much-needed LB and DB depth such as Davion Taylor in the 3rd round and K’Von Wallace in the 4th.
On top of that, the Eagles were able to pick up some crucial guys in free agency by trading for lockdown CB Darrius Slay and signing DT Javon Hargrave.
Although the Eagles had some questionable picks at the time, it is evident that they were drafting for raw talent and an explosive offense. While neither Reagor nor Hurts was the “best player available” at the time of their selection, they fit in well with the Eagles offensive scheme for the 2020 season.
With fast burners such as DJax and Reagor, big reliable targets in Ertz and Alshon, and a growing RB duo in Miles Sanders and Boston Scott, defenses won’t know what to expect. Add Jalen Hurts into the picture, and the Eagles can be scary good. On top of that, with Hurts playing underneath him, Wentz may have more motivation to bounce back after an injury-plagued decline since his MVP-caliber 2017 season.
With all these things considered, a players’ draft position does not matter as much as who is on the roster and how well they play together. With a versatile and stacked roster for the 2020 season, it is likely that the Eagles will bounce back after underwhelming seasons of injury and mediocrity