Oklahoma Sooners

Philadelphia Eagles Select Jalen Hurts In Second Round

M. Hofeld

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Jalen Hurts transferred from Alabama to Oklahoma in an effort to improve his NFL Draft stock. It appears as if his plan worked. Though to be a fourth or fifth-round pick a year ago, Hurts was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (#53) of the NFL Draft.

With stints in both the S.E.C. and the Big 12 Jalen Hurts doesn’t need an introduction. In his best season as a collegiate athlete, the Heisman finalists scorched the Big 12 last year. Finishing second only to Joe Burrow in passing efficiency, Hurts completed 69.7 percent of his passes (237 of 340) for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns with eight interceptions in 14 starts. He also led the Sooners in rushing with 1,298 yards (233 carries, 5.6 per) while running for 20 touchdowns, which ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Probably the biggest step Hurts took at Oklahoma was in the area of his passing efficiency. He arrived to Norman with a career completion percentage of 65.36 at Alabama. In his one season with the Sooners he completed 69.7% for career highs in yards (3,851), yards per attempt (11.3) and touchdowns (32).

Philadelphia is an intriguing landing spot for Hurts. Carson Wentz isn’t going anywhere anytime soon but solidifying a good backup quarterback was a priority for the Eagles. This is a perfect fit because it gives Hurts the ability to continue to develop under Doug Pederson without the pressure of needing to produce immediately.

Another positive here is that Pederson is a creative offensive mind and although Hurts will play the role of the backup you can bet on some special plays designed just for his skill set.

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