Did COVID-19 factor into Eagles drafting Jalen Hurts?

By Vincent Frank
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The Philadelphia Eagles sent shock waves throughout the sports world Friday night, surprisingly selecting reigning Heisman finalist Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

This came less than a year after Philadelphia handed franchise quarterback Carson Wentz a four-year, $128 million extension.

Initially, some believed Philadelphia planned on using Hurts as a gadget player. That’s not the case. The team firmly believes he can step in should an injury-plagued Wentz go down once again.

We’re now hearing more on this. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the selection of Hurts could have had something to do with the entire COVID-19 pandemic plaguing the world.

That’s something else right there. As the pandemic continues to spread throughout the United States, there’s questions about the 2020 NFL season realistically starting on time.

If we’re out here talking about starting quarterbacks testing positive for the virus, there’s no real chance that the season will start up on time.

On the other hand, the hope is that the United States flattens the curve, widespread testing becomes available and something known as antiviral testing becomes the norm. That latter aspect could be huge when it comes to starting sports up again. Said testing tells us who have in the past been infected with COVID-19 and whether they are immune.

Either way, it still seems to be a bit of a reach that COVID-19 played a role in Philadelphia selecting Hurts.

After all, other quarterback prospects in that of Jake Fromm and Jacob Eason were still on the board at the start of Round 4. If this was a league-wide concern, both would have been drafted within the first three rounds.