Ole Miss QB Fuels Speculation About Jalen Hurts’ Future with Eagles

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Getty Ole Miss QB Matt Corral.

Former Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral confirmed last week that he would be making a top-30 pre-draft visit to the Philadelphia Eagles. So when the exciting young prospect touched down at the airport and posted his arrival on Instagram, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone. It was barely news.

But Corral’s presence in the City of Brotherly Love took on a life of its own on social media where many attempted to read between the lines. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder is a top prospect in this year’s draft, maybe the fourth or fifth best quarterback on the board. Mock drafts have Corral going anywhere from late first round to early second, with ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. putting him at No. 49 overall to New Orleans.

The Eagles would be right in the mix to take him in the second round considering they pick at No. 51. Or, they could burn the 18th overall pick on him. The latter would put Jalen Hurts’ future in jeopardy. No matter the outcome, there appears to be serious interest in Corral.

And the youngster did his part to fuel speculation by posting a witty caption upon landing in Philly: “where it gritty like meek hahahah” — an obvious reference to (arguably) the city’s most famous rapper and cult-favorite mascot for the Flyers.

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer called Corral’s visit to Philly interesting because “it’s the only quarterback whom I’ve heard Philly is bringing in.” That is pretty telling considering the team has been linked to a bevy of other guys, including Mailk Willis, Sam Howell, and Kenny Pickett.

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The Eagles will look to fill their void at CB2 through the NFL draft. Or host an open competition at training camp among in-house candidates like Tay Gowan, Mac McCain III, Zech McPhearson, Josiah Scott, Kary Vincent Jr.

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That kind of leap into the top-3 would put the Eagles in a prime position to draft cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner or safety Kyle Hamilton. It’s an interesting thought, although the idea of Howie Roseman surrendering that much draft capital when he has so many holes to fill seems like a reach.

He’s more prone to stay put and take two impact players at No. 15 and No. 18. Reagor? Well, the team is reportedly taking calls on him.

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