I have been a supporter of Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles since the end of the last season. I saw things I really liked in him and was not a fan of the Eagles possibly trading him at all.
That being said, I still feel the Eagles need to put a high priority on the position during the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.
What we currently have –
Currently the roster sits with Nick Foles, Michael Vick, Matt Barkley, and GJ Kinne. Nick Foles is undeniably the starter next year baring a complete collapse to end this season. We should let Vick go and not sign him as the backup.
Some of you have passed to me the idea of him being a closer and should be kept for those purposes. I think Vick is still good enough to be a starter in this league (just not for us), so he should be given the opportunity to latch on somewhere else.
From what little tape I have seen of Barkley/GJ Kinne, neither of them would make a reliable or solid backup QB so competition needs to be brought to the table.
Now the real question is how high should the Eagles look to draft a QB? It all depends on who’s available where.
I personally have a lot to argue about with this QB class and only see one top 10 QB and just other first rounders besides him. Many are saying there are several top 10’s, I just don’t see it.
There are entirely way too many question marks at the QB position, so I’d rather grab a stud like LB C.J. Mosley, LB Khalil Mack, or Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix than reach for a QB. There are a few later round “gems” at QB worth looking at and keeping a closer eye on that would be studs in Chip Kelly’s system.
Quarterbacks worth keeping an eye on –
Jordan Lynch – NIU – I’m very skeptical of Lynch. He’s a fantastic athlete but reminds me a bit too much of Tim Tebow. The only real difference I see between him and Tebow is that Lynch is the superior passer and doesn’t have nearly as funky mechanics. He’d be a candidate to switch positions a little bit and Chip could have fun drawing up gadget plays for him such as how he tried to use Brad Smith last week.
Zach Mettenberger – LSU – Yes, he just tore his ACL which is exactly why he’d be worth a later round pick for the Eagles. We have our starter for next year and Mettenberger reminds me pretty much exactly of Nick Foles coming out of college.
Tall, very accurate, and stands in the face of rush to deliver the ball. What impresses me the most about Zach is he plays his best games against better competition. If he falls to the fourth round due to his injury, he’d be worth a look.
Devin Gardner – Michigan – Has not looked good at all this year as he has struggled vs. some very poor competition in Connecticut and Toledo. On the flip side, he looked very good vs. Notre Dame.
He has the physical skill set to be a starter in the NFL, but right now he plays as if he lacks confidence because he seems a bit jittery in the pocket. The right coaching may be able to fix him. I’d give him a 6th round pick.
Braxton Miller – OSU – I believe he’ll return to school, but he has steadily improved each year under that fantastic coaching staff. Tremendous athlete who I believe can wreak havoc at the next level with his legs but needs a ton of work with his passing game. However, he’d without a doubt be worth a look in the 5th round.
Johnny Manziel – Texas AM – I’ll admit it, I was not a fan of his at all during the offseason or last year at all. My main concern was his attitude and gunslinger mentality with how loose he is to just throw the ball in the air and hope for the best.
Then I broke down a ton of film on him and realized, if I had Mike Evans against those corners, I’d just throw it out there for him too. However, Mike Evans is a freakish top 10 talent, which is what worries me about Manziel.
With that said, after further tape study (especially after breaking down every play of the Mizz/TexasAM game), I came away very impressed with Manziel and how he does his progressions.
I think Chip Kelly and Johnny Football would be a match made in heaven. Potential downsides with Manziel are his off the field concerns and/or locker room issues if he’s not given the starting job as a rookie.
If he falls to the 40-50 range in picks, the Eagles should trade up for him.
If there is any prospects you’d like me to take a more serious look at, or think I missed, then leave a response below and I’ll look and see what tape I can find on them.