We all know in the past Howie Roseman has not been on the money with his draft choices. Particularly with his selections of Pac 12 players besides a select few. Trust me there have been WAY more misses than hits from that conference in Rosemans reign as the GM of the Eagles.
Paul Domowitch recently posted an article about this subject and I was instantly intrigued. Lincoln Riley is arguably the nations best offensive minds. The numbers back up that statement as well. He also has a great eye for talent. Look at Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts (as a transfer), Orlando Brown, Ceedee Lamb so on and so forth.
The one thing that that really caught my eye was Roseman reached out to Riley multiple times over the last 3 seasons. He first reached out to Riley about the possibility of drafting Orlando Brown in the second round of the 2018 draft. Roseman believed Brown was a future right tackle in the NFL and wanted to get Riley’s thoughts and he agreed. Roseman didn’t want to move Lane Johnson to left tackle after him being accustomed to playing right tackle his whole career. As we all know he ultimately passed on Brown to select Dallas Goedert.
This wasn’t the only time Roseman sought out help from Riley. According to Domowitch he reached out to him before this years draft about Jalen Reagor and Jalen Hurts. As we all know the Eagles selected Reagor with the 21st overall pick. Little do people know Lincoln Riley recruited Jalen Reagor to be a Sooner out of high school, where Reagor ended up staying home and choosing TCU. Riley had nothing but high praise for the former horn frog. The Oklahoma Sooners coach went on to say that if Reagor chose Oklahoma he would’ve easily been a 100 catch per year player. Also that he has the same potential in the NFL. I have to agree with Coach Riley. You give a guy like Reagor with natural born speed, athleticism, and separation skills he’s due for true success.
Again Reagor wasn’t the only Jalen that Roseman reached out for some help on. Jalen Hurts was the other player that Riley helped Roseman get a better feel for. Unlike Reagor, Hurts was a transfer to Oklahoma in his senior year and I’ll tell you what if it wasn’t for Joe Burrow having just about the best single season in football history, the Heisman was his for sure. Domowitch noted in the article that Lincoln Riley stated the Eagles “were very detailed in the discussions and the homework that they did. They’ve got a plan for him. I think it’s a great situation for him. With Carson being there, he’s going to get an opportunity to learn from one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Jalen is a team player and a sponge. He’ll soak up everything he can.” A very eye opening statement from Coach Riley if you ask me.
Reading that statement from Riley has me thinking Howie and the Eagles are at the point in Carson’s career that they don’t trust his availability. Even though the concussion against Seattle was a cheap shot from douchebag Clowney, it holds true that Wentz hasn’t been able to partake in a full playoff game yet in his career. I believe this Hurts selection was a product of Mccown coming in that game last season and not being able to seal the deal in the red zone and I think it’s that simple.
I have 0 problem with Howie Roseman seeking out help from Lincoln Riley. The guy simply knows offensive talent and the Eagles could benefit from adding as many weapons as possible.
Sources: Philly Inquirer
Photos included: USA Today & Sooners Wire