Eagles QB Tour Continues with Wentz, Lynch
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — Potential No. 1 overall pick Carson Wentz is set to be the latest quarterback that the Eagles' brass meets this week, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.
After getting out to the Bay Area to take a look at Cal's Jared Goff on Monday and following that up with some due diligence on Stanford's Kevin Hogan on Tuesday, perhaps the jewel of the 2016 draft class, Wentz, will have his audience with Philadelphia on Wednesday.
It's not ending there, however, as Memphis' Paxton Lynch is already on the docket for Thursday with NFL Media intimating that Jeffrey Lurie is taking the hands-on approach that helped fuel casting this wide net in order to solve the issues at the game's most important position which have really been simmering since Donovan McNabb's prime.
An NFL source outside Philadelphia confirmed to 973espn.com that Lurie is the one ultimately manning the rudder this time and the owner himself does not believe Sam Bradford, who was already given $22 million in guarantees for 2016, or newly-signed backup Chase Daniel are the faces to lead his franchise.
In fact part of the reason for stocking the new coaching staff with ex-quarterbacks -- head coach Doug Pederson, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and QBs coach John DeFilippo -- was designed to get as many sharp minds as possible who understand the position to increase the odds off getting it right.
The 6-foot-5 Wentz has tremendous size, an imposing skill set and enough mobility to make teams drool despite the lack of top-tier competition he faced at North Dakota State. Goff, meanwhile is regarded as more pro-ready but probably doesn't have the same ceiling as a prospect that Wentz has.
Each of those players are projected to go before the Eagles selection at No. 8, however, so another move up would likely be necessary to get either.
Conversely, the 6-foot-7 Lynch could be around if Philadelphia stays put and he is an enticing option because of his long-term potential. The former Memphis star has a high football IQ, a plus arm, and almost freaky athleticism for his size but is regarded as raw when it comes to his mechanics and footwork.
Hogan is a mid- to late-round round developmental type with NFL size (6-3 and 220 pounds) who had the advantage of playing in a pro-style system at Stanford for four years. He’s also regarded as very smart and highly competitive with plus mobility. The knocks on Hogan center on his mediocre arm strength, along with poor mechanics.
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