It's been more than 12 hours since Eagles general manager Howie Roseman selected Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, and the football world is still confused.
So unexpected that even ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the most plugged-in football reporter in the country, is trying to wrap his head around the move.
Which might explain how Schefter arrived at an... unusual hypothesis Saturday morning when trying to explain the pick:
Adam Schefter says multiple teams have told him they're worried about their starting QB getting the rona, and that's why the Eagles took Jalen Hurts despite having Carson Wentz pic.twitter.com/72pyiHXlMS— dhm (@dhm) April 25, 2020
Here's Schefter's full explanation:
Now, in this day and age, I've had teams tell me it's more important than ever to have a backup quarterback in this pandemic. We're going to be playing next year, coronavirus is out there, Covid-19 - what if your quarterback gets the virus? It's an interesting situation here. I think there are more problems now than ever before, and now I think teams are looking to shore up the most important position in this sport, and that's why the Eagles did that.
The NFL is in a unique position when it comes to dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the NBA, NHL, and MLB, which were either already playing or about to begin playing regular season games, the NFL doesn't start its season until early September, which has fans hopeful that the season could start on time, even if it means playing in front of empty stadiums come Week 1.
It simply isn't clear right now just how much the pandemic will influence the 2020 NFL season.
But if Schefter's theoretical scenario came true, where Wentz is diagnosed with coronavirus within two weeks of a game being played, I can't imagine this totally fixes the situation. A team's quarterbacks are in close proximity all throughout the week, whether on the practice field or in the team's facilities. If Wentz was diagnosed, Hurts would also likely have to self-quarantine - as would a number of other Eagles players - until he could be tested.
It's technically possible that Roseman was thinking of a coronavirus plan when he selected Hurts. But it was probably just a (weird) football decision.