Headlined by Jalen Hurts and Jalen Reagor, the 2020 Philadelphia Eagles rookie class is looking like another underwhelming bunch. Philly’ GM Howie Roseman has constantly been criticized for his inability to draft talented players, and that is not changing now. This class will be judged in totality in three years’ time, but for now, here are the grades for each of the Eagles’ rookie players.
Early Rounds Eagles Rookie Grades
Jalen Reagor: C-
If you forget Justin Jefferson for a minute, Jalen Reagor by himself hasn’t been awful. However, as someone who defended the pick, I have been extremely underwhelmed by Reagor this season. He doesn’t run very sharp routes and has done a poor job of tracking down balls for much of the season. In total, he has just 30 catches for 381 yards and two total touchdowns in ten games. If you factor in the fact that he was taken ahead of Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk, among others, and this pick looks even worse for Roseman.
Jalen Hurts: B+
For the moment, it looks like Jalen Hurts has earned the chance to be the Eagles’ starting quarterback next season. However, it’s unclear if he is ready to be their franchise guy. Hurts’ play is reminiscent of Russell Wilson in that he can throw on the run and make plays with his legs. However, he needs to work on his accuracy and needs to cut down on his fumbles. If one thing is for sure, it’s that Hurts needs to get the chance to play, and the Eagles need to support him with weapons as they failed to do with Carson Wentz.
Middle Round Eagles Rookie Grades
Davion Taylor: D
At the time of the draft, this pick seemed like a reach. Looking back on it now, it looks even worse as Davion Taylor could barely get on the field despite the fact that the Eagles’ linebacker core is awful. In total, Taylor played all of 32 defensive snaps and logged ten total tackles before going on IR with a knee injury.
K’Von Wallace: C+
K’Von Wallace had a solid performance back in week four against the San Francisco 49ers. However, an injury he suffered in week six set him back, and he’s mostly been limited to special teams this season. Hopefully, he can take a step forward next season with Jalen Mills set to hit free agency.
Jack Driscoll: C-
After a horrendous performance in week one where he allowed four sacks, Jack Driscoll seemed to take a step forward later in the year against Green Bay. With Lane Johnson battling ankle issues, Driscoll got the opportunity to play, but he was placed on IR after week 14.
John Hightower: C-
John Hightower has a ton of speed but doesn’t bring much else to the table. He needs to work on tracking down deep balls and has to limit his drops if he wants to have a role in the offense next season. In total, he has ten catches for 167 yards on 27 targets in 2020.
Late Round Eagles Rookie Grades
Shaun Bradley: C
Shaun Bradley has mostly been limited to special teams and has a total of 15 tackles this season. I wouldn’t be shocked if he doesn’t make the team next year.
Quez Watkins: B
After starting the year as a healthy scratch, Quez Watkins has shown some flashes of potential. Once Hurts went in at quarterback, Watkins saw an increase in targets, highlighted by his 32-yard catch-and-run against Arizona in week 15.
Undrafted Eagles Rookie Grades
Michael Jacquet: C+
Raequan Williams: C
The Eagles have suffered several injuries on the defensive line, creating a roster spot for Raequan Williams. In five games and 77 defensive snaps played, Williams has four total tackles.
Grayland Arnold: C+
With several injuries to the secondary, Grayland Arnold earned a spot on the roster. He’s a solid special teamer and has logged six total tackles this year.
Jason Huntley: C
A fifth-round pick by Detroit, Jason Huntley failed to make the team and was picked up by the Eagles. He has three carries this year and has been a healthy scratch 11 times. He has been a waste of a roster spot if you ask me.
Clearly, this has been another underwhelming draft class by Roseman. However, the Eagles are going to have their highest first-round pick since 2016 this offseason, so hopefully, he can turn it around.
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