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#pounditMonday, September 21, 2020

Eagles explain surprising pick of Jalen Hurts, invoke Taysom Hill comparison

Jalen Hurts

The Philadelphia Eagles surprised fans by taking Jalen Hurts with the No. 53 overall pick in the draft. Not only did many think that was high for Hurts, but it was surprising to see a team that already has a solid quarterback take Hurts so high.

So why did Philly make the pick? General manager Howie Roseman explained the situation during a conference call with the media.

Roseman said the team saw value with the Hurts pick and that they aspire to develop quarterbacks.

Additionally, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson compared Hurts to Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and suggested Philly would try to utilize Hurts’ rushing skills.

While Hurts may not be as versatile as Hill, the success of Lamar Jackson has shown that dual-threat quarterbacks can succeed in the NFL, which likely explains why the Eagles view Hurts as a major asset.

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