The Eagles made a bit of a surprise pick in the 5th round of the draft. The team selected Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson 167th overall. Now the Eagles certainly can use some quarterback depth with Nick Foles not around but is Thorson that guy? Let’s look at the impact that the Former Wildcat can have.
Northwesterns all time leading passer
In his time at Northwestern Thorson certainly made an impact. He finished his career with 10,731 passing yards, 61 touchdowns, and 45 interceptions.
Thorson was able to help guide the Wildcats to their first ever Big Ten Championship game appearance. Over the course of his four-year playing career, the Illinois native started 53 consecutive games which is a Big Ten record. He led the Cats to a 36-17 record including two 10 win seasons. Thorson is the Wildcats all-time leader in passing yards (10,761), Touchdowns (61), Passing attempts (1,697) and passing completions (991).
First round talent
It was believed that after Northwestern’s 10-3 2017 season that Thorson could find himself as a first-round selection. However, in 2018 the Wildcats got off to a slow start and while they did end on a high note finishing 9-5 the 6’4 quarterback didn’t have the kind of season many thought he could.
He threw 17 touchdowns while consequently throwing 15 interceptions. With the Eagles getting him in the fifth round this could turn out to be a potential steal.
The future is bright
Thorson has a chance to make an immediate impact for the Birds. We expect to see very little if any Carson Wentz during the preseason as the Eagles want him 100% for the season. With that said with Foles out of the picture Thorson and fellow Big Ten quarterback Nate Sudfeld are the only quarterbacks on the roster. Thorson has an opportunity to win the starting backup job as he will see a lot of playing time during the preseason.
Thorson also becomes the first quarterback the Eagles have drafted since Wentz back in 2016. At 6’4 225 he has good size, a big strong arm and he is deceptive speed. At Northwestern he ran for 408 yards and 27 touchdowns. With the chance to learn from Pederson and Wentz someday Thorson could be a starting quarterback in this league. Plus being coached by Pat Fitzgerald also doesn’t hurt. What impact do you see Thorson having?
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