Eagles Rumors: Some Teams Believe PHI Could Draft QB; Waddle, Paye Also Linked

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIIApril 29, 2021

A Salute to Service logo is seen at Lincoln Financial Field before an NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers, Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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Fresh off trading Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles may find themselves in a position to draft another quarterback during the weekend's NFL Draft. 

According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, some teams around the league believe the Eagles would draft a QB a year after selecting Jalen Hurts should a top prospect fall to them at the No. 12 pick. 

Per Breer:

"Would the Eagles take a quarterback if one fell in their lap? Some teams think so. (Even though they’ve been outwardly corner hungry, and I’ve heard them connected to other position players, like Jaylen Waddle and Kwity Paye.)"

Hurts passed for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions in 15 games (four starts) while adding another 354 yards and three touchdowns rushing. He also fumbled nine times losing two of them. That's likely to be expected with any rookie quarterback who likes to run.

With first-year head coach Nick Sirianni coming in, however, it remains to be seen how well the coach and quarterback work together. In the meantime, Joe Flacco remains the only other QB on the depth chart ahead of the draft. That could be all the motivation the Eagles need to select Justin Fields or Trey Lance should one of this year's highly-touted passers slide.

Breer also reported Philly is taking a look at wideout Jaylen Waddle and defensive end Kwity Paye. Either would make an instant impact with the club as the B/R NFL Scouting Department graded Waddle an 8.4 out of 10 (immediate NFL starter) and Paye an 8.2 (immediate NFL starter). 

None of that means Philadelphia is destined to take either of those options. 

As always, rumors ahead of the draft come with a high dose of skepticism with clubs and rivals attempting to throw each other off their game plan until each pick is made