Written By Jason Voorhees
"And with the 53rd pick in the 2020 NFL Draft...the Philadelphia Eagles select (QB) Jalen Hurts." Commissioner Goodell's words rang out; and with it a chain reaction of utter shock engulfed the entire Eagles fan base.
The Eagles have made a lot of questionable draft picks throughout their history but none of them trumps the bombshell that was dropped this past Friday during the 2020 NFL second round draft. In fact, this may go down as the most controversial draft in Eagles history.
Coming into the draft, the Eagles had many holes to fill. The goal would be to maximize return on investment by combining a mixture of best players available while addressing its most immediate needs.
The first round saw the Eagles select TCU wide receiver, Jalen Reagor in the first round with the 21st pick. While many analysts claimed that this was a reach, the fact remains that they did address their gaping need of a play making wide receiver.
But then in the second round it happened. While just about every person watching (fans, players, analysts, other teams, etc.) expected the Eagles to take a DB, or OL, or LB, or maybe even another WR, Howie Roseman shocked the world. The Eagles selected a quarterback. And with it, Roseman showed his propensity to zig while everyone else zags.
The initial reaction was feelings of confusion and disbelief. Is this some big mistake? Was this somehow a dream? Had they selected a CORNERBACK? Are my eyes playing tricks on me? All of these questions and many more were bandied around by any and all parties.
The confusion quickly turned to anger.
And then that night during the press conference...Howie Roseman made reference to the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles are a "Quarterback Factory." Those that are familiar with Roseman know that he loves to hear himself talk while spewing out eloquent rhetoric.
While many people were ready to drive their cars off of the Walt Whitman, Mr. Roseman continued to play the company line as he laid out an inadequate spin on the sad state of affairs.
Day 3 of the draft saw Howie go back to his days as a magician. The mad scientist was back on his game. As each round came and went, Howie did his best savior imitation. He turned water into wine while turning loaves into fishes; during an all out blitz that saw a series of trades to acquire multiple picks, as well as getting wide receiver Marquise Goodwin from the Niners.
While the draft as whole seemed to come together and on paper looked pretty successful, the elephant in the room still remains. Why on earth would you draft a quarterback in the second round, especially when you had so many other holes to fill?
The football draft will always be a crapshoot. Its the law of averages in its simplest form. You take as many darts as you can and throw them hoping to hit as many bulls eyes as possible. Unfortunately, more of these players miss than the ones that actually become star players.
The fact remains that you don't win the draft on the third day. Although 60-65 % of players come from those rounds, its the first two days that traditionally produce it's most productive players.
With that being said, its so important to draft someone that's going to be a plug and play; not someone that your going to have to groom in a developmental lab. When judging the Jalen Hurts pick, I think we are trying to rationalize something that just simply does not make sense.
Of course there are those that drink the green Kool Aid that will never question the all mighty front office. But that's not me. When I see something I am going to call them out on their bullshit. As a die hard fan, I am going to ask the tough questions. I am going to criticize moves when they don't make sense.
Unfortunately, the "stepford fans" are sadly blinded. They wouldn't know the difference between Byron Evans and Bob Evans. Nor could they tell the difference between Reggie White and Betty White.
The bottom line is that in the last ten years, the Eagles have only had six players (post second round) to become significant players or starters on this team. This is a serious issue folks. The Eagles just cannot draft. And when your trying to become relevant again, in a division that has saw all of the other teams get significantly better, the draft is that much more important.
The second round has been particularly good to the Eagles in past history. Players like Sheldon Brown, Wes Hopkins, Zach Ertz, Randall Cunningham, Desean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Eric Allen, Brian Dawkins, Dallas Goeddert, and Miles Sanders have all been drafted in the second round.
Knowing this fact makes taking a quarterback here all the more infuriating. The second round is not where you take luxury picks. The second round allows you a great opportunity to add a significant player. And by taking Jalen Hurts, you unfortunately wasted that opportunity.
Nothing that the Eagles brass can say will make any sense out of this obvious gaffe. And I mean this with the most brutally honest sincerity. This is no disrespect to Jalen Hurts. Jalen is a very talented kid that has a bright future in the NFL. But this isn't about Hurts.
This is about Howie Roseman and his arrogant smug attitude.
This is about Philadelphia Eagles brass trying to reinvent the wheel. This is about a culture of holier than thou renaissance that ignores the intelligence of the every day, die hard fan. And most of all, this is about the Eagles lack of commitment to their franchise quarterback.
Only time will tell what the meaning of all of this is. There are analysts that love Jalen Hurts and even they are shaking their heads. There is no logical reasoning behind this madness. Carson Wentz once again must look over his shoulder. Jalen Hurts will be unhappy because he is not starting. No one wins in this scenario.
The only thing good to come of this will be endless debate in a time where we are starving for the next headline.
As we look to the rest of the offseason, there will be nothing but scrutiny. From the annals of "Stupid Money", Howie has went completely off of the rails.
You better have answers because we're not buying your lies. The fact remains that you wasted a great opportunity to improve the roster. Ultimately Jalen Hurts will either make you or break you. The time has come and your time is short Howie. If this doesn't work out it will be time for you to take out an insurance policy. Fans are running out of patience. The Quarterback Factory is now on the clock.
About Jason Voorhees
Jason resides in Norristown, PA and writes about all things sports and heavy metal music.