Eagles' Draft Prep Shows They're Still Not Convinced About Jalen Hurts

The Philadelphia Eagles' recent NFL Draft prep shows they're still not fully convinced about quarterback Jalen Hurts.
The Philadelphia Eagles' recent NFL Draft prep shows they're still not fully convinced about quarterback Jalen Hurts. / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles front office and coaching staff has been adamant throughout the offseason about their support of quarterback Jalen Hurts. Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and head coach Nick Sirianni have all publicly backed Hurts as the franchise's quarterback moving forward.

But, if you've been paying attention to the Eagles' prep ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft, it's easy to question some of these statements.

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Liberty Flames coach Hugh Freeze revealed the Eagles have had long conversations regarding Malik Willis, per his Wednesday appearance on the Rich Eisen Show.

There's a couple of ways to look at this. At face value, the Eagles front office is simply doing their due diligence ahead of the upcoming draft.

But, a more cynical outlook projects some potential question marks around Hurts' future.

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This isn't the only example of Philadelphia silently showing their hand. The team pulled off a bit of a blockbuster draft trade on Monday, swapping eight overall picks with the New Orleans Saints. This included trading Philadelphia's two 2022 first-round selections for an additional first-round pick next year.

A lot of speculation stemmed from this trade, but there's one factor pertinent to Hurts' future. The 2023 Draft class has shaped up as a more promising quarterback class with names like Ohio State's C.J. Stroud and Alabama's Bryce Young.

Hurts was inconsistent, at best, in his first full season as a starter. The second-year pro threw just 16 touchdowns to nine interceptions in 15 starts, completing just 61.3% of his passes. As a result, the Eagles ranked bottom 10 in nearly every passing category including yards (25th), touchdowns (28th) and completion percentage (25th).

The 2022 NFL season looks to be an important showing for Hurts if he wants to cement himself as the Eagles' franchise QB. For now, the latest NFL Super Bowl Odds on FanDuel Sportsbook show the Eagles with +4000 odds to take home the title.

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