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Peter King: Price Is Right For A Franchise QB


It's not hard to guess the biggest topic of interest on sports radio in Philadelphia right now. Unless you've been living under a rock these past 24 hours, the City of Brotherly Love is buzzing about the Eagles' big trade to the No. 2 spot in next Thursday's NFL Draft.

The MMQB's Peter King spoke with Angelo Cataldi on the 94WIP Morning Show on Thursday, giving his thoughts on the trade.

"If you were convinced that this guy can be the long-term quarterback," King said, "then they didn't trade too much."

The question is who is going to be the quarterback the Eagles select. King was told by a Rams official that "this has become a very difficult choice for us ... we liked Carson Wentz a lot more than we thought we would like him."

As it stands right now, the speculation is the Rams will select Jared Goff with the first overall pick. Whether or not that happens remains to be seen, but it is safe to say both potential landing spots for Wentz would be an adjustment for the quarterback, who has lived and played in North Dakota his entire life.

"I was wondering how he might handle being on a billboard on Sunset Boulevard, but now obviously you wonder how is he going to handle throwing three straight incompletions in his first start in Philadelphia and getting booed off the field?" King said. "Everybody who I have spoken to says the guy is a solid rock and he's going to be okay. You don't know until it happens and that's one of the reasons why there's absolutely no way that you can judge this trade, absolutely no way you can judge this trade for the next two to three years.

"When the Cleveland Browns went from six to 27 because they didn't love anybody at the top of the draft four years ago, or five years ago rather, and Atlanta moved up to get Julio Jones, Cleveland took four picks from them and it didn't work. Brandon Weeden and Phil Taylor, two first-round picks they got for him and neither of them are on the team anymore. So, you just can't tell until you have a few years to judge the players who will become these picks."

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