The key to anticipating what’s going to happen in this year’s NFL draft is to keep an eye on the quarterbacks. NFL general managers and head coaches start to sweat more and more the closer they get to the draft. They sweat because they start thinking about their lack of job security and how quickly they can be fired.
The more they think about being the fired, the more they think about their team’s quarterback situation. They know that a good quarterback situation means job security for them. The league’s general managers and coaches who have bad quarterback situations, start to obsess about the quarterbacks in the draft. They start thinking about them night and day because they see those young quarterbacks as the answer to all of their problems.
You know their names by now: USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph.
As each day goes by, the pressure increases, the wives and family members of the GM’s and head coaches start to ask questions about the popular players such as the quarterbacks Darnold, Allen, Rosen and Mayfield and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, whom most experts believe to be the best player in this draft. Right now as you are reading their article, there are GM’s and head coaches stressing about their quarterback situation.
Even though there are no sure things in this year’s draft class, I expect a run on quarterbacks early in the first round, then it will cool off. Darnold, Allen, Rosen and Mayfield will all go in the top ten picks, but I think Jackson and Rudolph will also play huge roles in this draft as the first round plays out.
If both Jackson and Rudolph are still on the board when the Eagles are on the clock, I expect the Birds to be getting calls from teams, who are in love with one of the quarterbacks. Pressure will make a general manager or head coach start to fall in love with one of the quarterbacks on the board. The weaknesses of the quarterbacks fade into the background. The young quarterbacks all start resembling a young Joe Montana, Dan Marino or John Elway.
Another huge factor that could play into the selection is the fact that only first round contracts come with a fifth year option. That fifth year option is an enormous factor when talking about franchise quarterback contracts.
All Howie Roseman needs to do is take the calls, decipher what’s going to be the best deal for the Birds, then get the deal done as soon as possible. They need to trade down from the 32nd pick in order to get an extra pick in the second or third rounds because right now, the Eagles don’t have a pick on Friday, when round two and three takes place.
So if you’re an Eagles fan, you want as many of those top six quarterbacks to be on the board as that 32nd pick nears. If two or three of those top quarterbacks are still on the board, you can be sure that Roseman is on the phone securing extra picks.