Philadelphia Eagles interview polarizing quarterback
Well, before the talks escalated into controversy, Howie Roseman put all speculation to rest before it broke loose: Jalen Hurts is the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.
That’s right, on March 2, the former and future Philadelphia general manager decreed that nothing has changed with the Eagles quarterback’s current situation and they fully expect to enter Week 1. of the regular season with Hurts under center…at least on the right now…in March…before free agency and the draft.
Now granted, could Roseman’s words finally turn out to be true? Sure, but he also said something similar about Carson Wentz, and we all know how it happened.
But you know what? Whether it’s Hurts, Gardner Minshew, or even Russell Wilson running the show this fall, the Eagles will likely land another quarterback during — or soon after — the 2022 NFL Draft, as the team has a bunch of pick and only one other signal-caller under midseason contract signed Reid Sinnett.
Thankfully, with the NFL Draft Combine officially underway in Indianapolis, the Philadelphia Eagles will have the chance to watch, assess and even interview some of the best quarterbacks the NCAA has to offer in 2021, and if initial reports of Eliot Shorr-Parks are any indication one of those quarterbacks is a polarizing passer in this year’s class.
Do the Philadelphia Eagles really have eyes for Matt Corral?
Matt Corral is not for everyone.
Some people like his swagger on the field, his cannon arm and his willingness to play in the Ole Miss bowl game despite him being in the conversation to be the first quarterback on the board in the draft of the NFL 2022. The Ventura, Calif. product was a star at DeSean Jackson’s alma mater Long Beach Poly, turned that into interest from Alabama, Florida, Michigan and his hometown UCLA in as a four-star rookie, and eventually ended his run with the Rebels with 614 completions for 8,287 yards and 57 touchdowns.
If you’re a fan, you’ll praise his backyard style, creativity, and ability to make something out of thin air when a play breaks down, because it’s in that modern quarterback style that did Patrick Mahomes, Zach Wilson and Jordan. The vaunted love out of college. His production exploded leading Lane Kiffin’s air raid offense in his final two years at the SEC and proved he could operate in a prolific offense built around easy reads and a powerful passing attack. .
But if you’re more of a fan of a seasoned signalman who led a pro-style offense and split opposing defenses with precision, well, then Corral probably isn’t the player for you. Despite having 37 games of action under his belt at Oxford, Mississippi, Corral is still a relatively green defensive player and would often end up rushing behind the line of scrimmage if his first and sometimes second offensive options fail. were not available. Count 23 interceptions, including 14 in his second season as a redshirt, and the “draft” label has steered some teams toward a “safer” option like Pitt’s Kyle Pickett.
Which side do the Philadelphia Eagles fall on? Do they like “tools” quarterbacks who need an offense built around their strengths and weaknesses? Or would they rather land a more pro-ready prospect who can execute Nick Sirianni’s offense to his exact specifications?
Well, it’s clear the Eagles were intrigued enough by Corral’s talents to interview him informally at the combine, with ‘more to come with the team (IMO likely a visit to Philadelphia)’ , according to ESP.
Now look out, there’s a lot to like about Corral, especially compared to Jalen Hurts coming out of college. He has a stronger arm and racked up more yards as a rebel than Hurts splitting his time between the Crimson Tide and Sooners, but just like QB1, Corral should probably be worked slowly before being thrown from the bottom with a full playbook at his disposal, with the Birds surely having to rely on their running game again.
If the Eagles aren’t sold on Hurts then yes Roseman should totally consider signing Corral with one of his first three rounds but given Ventura’s pride is a lateral move at best from the current situation from the Eagles quarterback, this interview feels more like overall information gathering than any indication of an upcoming swap from one rookie contract QB to another.
How the Philadelphia Eagles choose to approach their quarterback situation is going to be fascinating. They could go all-in with a veteran, roll with what they had more of a more established backup, or shake things up and draft another quarterback early that they think could be “the guy.” However, if the final option were to be the move, something tells me that the selected quarterback would be one with a more pro-ready skill set, instead of a player with a relatively similar skill set as that he already has less ability to make game-changing plays with his legs.