PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 13: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Philadelphia Eagles warms up as Carson Wentz #11 looks on prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at Lincoln Financial Field on December 13, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Choosing a starting quarterback is the Eagles’ biggest offseason priority, but they also need to add an immediate impact player in Round 1 of the draft.
The Eagles had the NFL’s most dramatic regular season of 2020. The quarterback controversy pitting Carson Wentz against Jalen Hurts dominated headlines in Philadelphia. Doug Pederson’s horrible choice to go with Nate Sudfield in the team’s finale against Washington only added insult to the franchise’s injury.
The team must plot a course at quarterback before they make any other decisions this offseason. Wentz’s massive contract makes him difficult to trade. However, keeping him might make it impossible for Hurts to ever seize control of both the offense and the locker room.
No matter what choice Philadelphia makes at quarterback, they still need to come away with a lot of value with their first round pick in April’s draft. The Eagles currently own the No. 6 selection. That gives the organization a unique opportunity to fill a hole on their roster with a player with legitimate star potential. That won’t happen if Philadelphia makes a big mistake and selects one of the three following prospects.
3. Justin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State
Fields is a very talented quarterback prospect who also boasts a very large range of potential outcomes on draft day. He could go as high as No. 2, but other mocks have him falling all the way outside the top-10.
If he’s still on the board when the Eagles go on the clock at No. 6, Pederson might feel a temptation to gamble on him as the team’s new signal-caller of the future. Philadelphia can’t afford to further muddy their quarterback waters any more than they already have. The only way Fields should go at No. 6 is if the Eagles trade the pick to a team desperate to nab the talented Buckeye star.