The Jordan Love selection was clearly the most shocking pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but the most puzzling was the Philadelphia Eagles using a second-round pick on Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts to back up Carson Wentz.
All GM Howie Roseman has done is is spin control for the last few days as he defends the selection of Hurts to play behind the oft-injured Wentz. Roseman bizarrely claimed that the Eagles could have two of the top 10 quarterbacks in all of football in Wentz and Hurts, and we'e scratching our heads about his intentions there.
It's a shame that you won't get to find out if Hurts is a top-10 quarterback (he isn't), because he'll be stuck on the bench behind Wentz for all of his rookie deal.
While some have speculated that the Eagles will use Hurts like Taysom Hill in New Orleans or Lamar Jackson his rookie year in Baltimore, both of those premises are a bit flawed. Hurts has said that he wants to play quarterback, and that he's too valuable to make into just a gadget player, which eliminates the possibility he fills the Hill role. Lamar would come in and run the ball in certain formations as a rookie, but he was a first-round pick that just about everyone knew would have a chance to take over for a declining Joe Flacco in a year's time.
Wentz's play is matched by a select few in all of football, so the comparison just isn't there.
The Eagles now have security at quarterback with Hurts available to back up Wentz should he get injured once again, but they should stop participating in the delusion that both of them can play at an elite level at the same time. With that in mind, Howie Roseman needs to find a different rhetorical strategy here.