With the 2016 NFL draft slightly more than a month away, rumors are starting to heat up regarding the Philadelphia Eagles and their potential first-round pick. Now that Chip Kelly is with the San Francisco 49ers and Doug Pederson is the team’s new head coach, the Eagles are expected to undo much of the damage that the old regime caused. While the Eagles recently re-signed Sam Bradford and signed Chase Daniel to be the team’s backup quarterback, rumors are saying that the team may target California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Eagles have been linked to numerous players with the No. 8 overall pick in the draft. Ronnie Stanley, Ezekiel Elliott and Paxton Lynch remain possibilities, but Goff was never expected to fall to the Eagles. While Goff may still be drafted before the Eagles pick at No. 8, it appears as though Carson Wentz may have overtaken him as the top quarterback prospect. Since the Cleveland Browns recently signed Robert Griffin III, the chances of them drafting a quarterback with the No. 2 pick are also reduced.
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Among the other teams drafting ahead of the Eagles, the only ones that could be interested in drafting a quarterback in the first round are the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers. While it would make sense for the Cowboys to finally draft their quarterback of the future, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has stated numerous times that he believes Tony Romo has another five years left of football. Even if the 49ers select a quarterback, that would leave either Goff or Wentz for the Eagles.
As seen on the latest mock draft at NFL.com, the 49ers will select Wentz at No. 7 and the Eagles will select Goff at No. 8.
“I know that the Eagles have made plenty of recent moves at QB with Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel, but Goff fits new HC Doug Pederson’s system very well, and he would be the QB of the near future for the Eagles to build around.”
Even though the Eagles have Bradford and Daniel on the roster, the team is not committed to either of them long-term. While Bradford’s contract is listed as a 2-year deal, the team can essentially get rid of him after the first year. Daniel is not expected to compete for the starting job.
The latest mock draft at Big Blue View also has Goff falling to the Eagles at No. 8.
“New head coach Doug Pederson has been adamant that Sam Bradford can be the team’s starter next year. I’m not buying it. Aside from being as hot-and-cold as a flaming Baked Alaska, Bradford just hasn’t been healthy. You can twist it any way you like, but Bradford is an injury-prone player that cannot be relied upon. Enter Jared Goff. Pederson was the offensive coordinator in Kansas City and did wondrous things with Alex Smith. Goff is of the same mold, and I have zero doubt about this being the correct choice for the future of the franchise under Pederson.”
While Bradford is likely to be the Eagles’ opening day starter, regardless of whether the team drafts a quarterback, he has proven to be extremely prone to injuries over the course of his career. Even if the Eagles do select Goff with the No. 8 pick, it is unlikely that he would start on the first game. Goff is projected to be an above average NFL quarterback, but he is not viewed as a player that is ready to start immediately.
— Birds 24/7 (@Birds247) March 25, 2016
And there is nothing wrong with that. While the NFL is different today, the Eagles drafted quarterback Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 draft. Instead of starting him immediately, he sat beyond current Eagles head coach Doug Pederson in order to learn how to be a quarterback in the NFL. With Pederson now the Eagles coach, he could give Goff similar treatment.
While things are going to change over the next few weeks, rumors are going to continue to link the Philadelphia Eagles with California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff. Whether or not they land him remains to be seen, but he has the potential to be the next great Eagles quarterback for the next decade or longer.
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