Nick Foles‘ third-round selection by the Philadelphia Eagles ends a 27-year drought of Arizona quarterbacks chosen in the NFL draft.
The previous UA quarterback selected was John Conner by the Seattle Seahawks in the 10th round of the 1985 draft. Foles’ selection is the highest for a Wildcat quarterback since Eddie Wilson was taken in the second round of the 1961 draft by Detroit.
While Foles’ selection ends one curse, he is now hard pressed to end another that has prevented quarterbacks taken in the third round to prosper in the NFL.
Look at the list of quarterbacks taken in the third round since 1995 — Stoney Case, Eric Zeier, Bobby Hoying, Jonathon Quinn, Brian Griese, Brock Huard, Giovanni Carmazzi, Chris Redman, Josh McCown, Dave Ragone, Chris Simms, Matt Schaub, Charlie Frye, Andrew Walter, David Greene, Charlie Whitehurst, Brodie Coyle, Trent Edwards, Kevin O’Connell, Colt McCoy and Ryan Mallett.
Other than Schaub, Houston’s starter who was chosen as the 90th pick overall in 2004 by Atlanta, none of the quarterbacks have shown staying power with success. Key words: With success. McCown is still in the NFL with the Bears after the Cardinals selected him as the 81st pick in 2002. But he has only one season with more than 2,000 yards passing. McCoy and Mallett were chosen in recent years, so their time may still come.
That means 19 of the 22 quarterbacks selected in the third round in the last 17 years have not prospered. That’s only a 13.6 percent rate of either success or just embarking on their careers.
READ MORE ABOUT FOLES: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Eagles drafted Foles as a not-so-subtle hint that they may be looking for Michael Vick’s replacement sooner rather than later. “We all know quarterback in a pretty important position,” Philadelphia coach Andy Reid is quoted as saying by the Inquirer. “When you see one you like you snap him.” … One interesting note, Edwards, the third-round pick by Buffalo in 2007 after playing at Stanford, is on the Eagles’ roster. He did not play in the NFL last season. The Eagles signed him off the street in February. … My personal opinion: Foles reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger — strong arm, deceptively mobile out of the pocket as a big quarterback, and strong enough to ward off a tackler or two. Time well tell if Foles will have the same kind of leadership skills and development that Roethlisberger has shown with the Steelers.