New-Look Nick Foles Gives Philadelphia Eagles Plenty of NFL Draft Options

By Mike Gibson
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Most Monday water cooler conversation is pretty mundane with nothing but pleasantries to talk about, but not in Philadelphia today thanks to Nick Foles. One question on everyone’s mind: “Can he play like that every week?”

Err, no, but if he can get three or four touchdown passes a week instead of the seven he got on Sunday, he gives the Philadelphia Eagles some attractive options in the NFL Draft.

Of course, he could fall apart at the Green Bay Packers this weekend and the argument would be moot.

After all, this is the same Foles who looked ineffective against the Dallas Cowboys three weeks ago. He was pulled during that game with a concussion and fans can only hope that injury affected his implosion. His history before that was as a reliable but unspectacular backup.

If, though, he is able to play well against a team able to put up a better pass rush against him, other teams will start to take notice or the Eagles themselves might consider keeping him. Last week, Eagles’ owner Jeff Lurie said the team’s No. 1 priority in the offseason would be acquiring a franchise quarterback.

One good game by Foles doesn’t change that, but it does open up some options and might entice another team to gamble a No. 1 draft pick for him. Since those kinds of teams are likely to finish near the bottom of the standings, that’s just the kind of pick the Eagles need to acquire Marcus Mariota of Oregon, a guy Eagles’ coach Chip Kelly might feel is better suited to run his up-tempo spread. Not every team wants to play that way, though, and one could reach out to the Eagles for Foles, the more conventional pocket passer.

That way, the Eagles can use their No. 1 pick later on down the list to address another need like a franchise safety or an explosive playmaking wide receiver. A couple of No. 1 picks is a good way to go from mediocre to Super Bowl contender in one year, and continued good play by Foles can speed the process.

Mike Gibson, an Associated Press Sports Editors’ Association and Keystone Press Association award-winner for Best Sports Story and Best Sports Feature, is a writer for Follow him on Twitter @papreps , “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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