Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Although he’s one of the most recognizable names entering the draft this year, Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts likely won’t get selected until day two or three, which is good news for the Eagles.
Hurts is coming off his best year as a collegiate player, thanks to his transfer from the SEC to the Big 12, where the level of defensive play is much lower. But it’s not fair to cite that as the only reason for Hurts’ standout season in 2019, he’s made steady strides throughout his college career as a passer, and head coach Lincoln Riley has a knack for getting the most out of his Oklahoma QBs.
Hurts is at his best when he’s outside of the pocket and doesn’t have to rely on timing patterns to make completions. He’s not the best when it comes to working through his progression, but with stellar coaching at the next level and plenty of film study, this could easily be developed.
Generally speaking, Hurts is probably the best athlete at the quarterback position in this draft, which is what makes him so intriguing. His style of play would translate well to Doug Pederson’s system, and I’m sure he’d love to get his hands on a prospect like this.
I could see a team falling in love with Hurts and over-drafting him, and I can pretty much guarantee that team won’t be the Eagles. If he does end up slipping, though, I’d love to see Hurts in midnight green next season.