The Eagles added a young, developmental quarterback with their third-round pick (88th overall) in Arizona's Nick Foles. The 6-5, 243-pound Foles originally attended Michigan State before transferring to Arizona, where he took over as the starter for his final three seasons.
A native of Austin, Tx., Foles threw for 4,334 yards, 28 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his senior season. For the Eagles, Foles will jockey with 2010 fourth-round pick Mike Kafka and veteran Trent Edwards for the backup positions behind Michael Vick.
Here's is the scouting report on Foles courtesy of SportsIllustrated.com's Tony Pauline.
Positive: Well-sized pocket passer with enough arm strength to play at the next level. Possesses good field vision, patient in the pocket and effective when he throws with an over-the-top delivery. Makes good decisions, effectively commands the offense and can make all the throws. Drives passes down the field while also powering the ball through tight windows in underneath coverage. Puts air under throws and gives receivers a chance. Big enough to withstand the rush in the pocket.
Negative: Takes a while to gather himself and release the ball. Does not show the ability to get rid of the ball with a flick of his wrist. At times indecisive under the rush. Not an elusive quarterback. Does not consistently step into throws or release the ball with proper footwork. Must improve his downfield accuracy and overall pass placement.
Analysis: Foles looked like a big-time quarterback prospect early in his college career. Despite the statistics, he never truly improved as a passer. He has the physical skills to play at the next level but must learn to throw with consistent mechanics and needs to play in a run-first offense that does not ask him to carry a team on his shoulders.
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