2020 NFL Draft: Donovan McNabb weighs in on Jalen Hurts pick, Carson Wentz's health


Former Eagles quarterback and current guy who talks about sports Donovan McNabb hasn't been afraid in the past to talk about Carson Wentz's trouble staying healthy.

So you'd better believe McNabb was willing to give his thoughts Friday night on the Eagles' shocking decision to draft quarterback Jalen Hurts with the No. 53 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

McNabb, appearing on CBS Sports Radio's The Zach Gelb Show on Friday just minutes after the pick went through, was asked what he thought of Hurts joining the Birds.

Here's what he had to offer:

I was a little shocked. I mean, we were just talking about Aaron Rodgers, weren't we? 

You have to look at it and take into account - I've said it, I said it last year, I said it the year before, and everybody gave me heat. If you continuously get hurt, they're going to look to bring somebody in to step in and fill the void. Carson is one of the top quarterbacks in the league, when he's healthy. But he just hasn't been healthy, over the last couple years, to finish seasons out. 

So I like the fact that Jalen Hurts is playing under a West Coast system, where he can learn from Doug, which I learned from Doug in my rookie season. And then we both learned from Andy. This will be a great fit for him, to at least learn under Doug, be able to continue to refine his three-step, five-step, seven-step drop, which he's done throughout this offseason, and knowing, and seeing, obviously, the result of it all. So I'm excited about it.

All things considered, that feels like a pretty fair evaluation of the move from McNabb.

It's becoming more and more clear that the Eagles are concerned about Wentz's inconsistent availability - even if that question isn't fair to Wentz.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Reuben Frank discussed Friday night after the Hurts pick, you can argue the move is mainly about Wentz:

Wentz just turned 27.

The Eagles guaranteed him over $100 MILLION just 10 months ago.

You don’t draft a quarterback in the second round when you have a $100 million quarterback just reaching his prime unless you have grave doubts about his ability to stay healthy.

Unless you seriously doubt his ability to navigate his way through a football season, from opening day through the final snap of the postseason.

Hurts is an athletic an intriguing prospect who, with time, could eventually be a useful quarterback in the NFL, and spending that time learning from a guy like Doug Pederson isn't a bad idea.

It's just, you know, a super weird pick when your franchise quarterback is 27 and has an expensive, long-term contract on the books.

At least now we can add Hurts to the list of Eagles quarterbacks McNabb will evaluate from his retirement perch.

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