Merrill Reese: Chances Eagles draft QB at No. 6 'close to zero'


There's a whole lot of intrigue out there surrounding the top quarterback prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft, with names like Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Mac Jones and Trey Lance flying up and down first round draft boards after Trevor Lawrence inevitably goes first overall. But to Eagles play-by-play radio announcer Merrill Reese, this is all noise that the Eagles fan base can ignore.

Neither the whole of the Eagles fan base nor a large portion of the general NFL community is sold on Jalen Hurts as the future of the franchise in Philadelphia, and that's okay. But after Carson Wentz was traded to Indianapolis in exchange for a couple of draft picks, Howie Roseman and company are left with an important decision to make in the upcoming draft. A top-six draft pick isn't something a team just happens upon too often, especially in a draft where there are three or four quarterbacks who seem very likely to go in the top half of the first round.

For Reese, the 2021 draft isn't the right answer to deal with the quarterback dilemma this season and beyond.

The mock drafts that Reese is referring to aren't exactly hard to find. CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson has the Eagles selecting University of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at No. 6, the fourth of five quarterbacks taken in his first ten picks. CBS Sports' Cody Benjamin and's Ryan Roberts saw the Eagles mortgaging future picks of theirs to move up to No. 3 and draft Justin Fields out of Ohio State.

That's not to say that every mock draft has the Eagles selecting a quarterback, seeing as WRs Ja'Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Jalen Waddle, TE Kyle Pitts, OT Penei Sewell, CBs Caleb Farley and Patrick Surtain II and others have shown up on other draft boards that I've seen. At this point, it's fair to say that it's a toss up.

Still, a quarterback isn't out of the question, though that outcome seems to be out of the question in the mind of Merrill Reese... and it makes me a little bit annoyed just thinking about that unlikely hypothetical becoming a reality.

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