Scout Watch: Eagles Eye QBs

The football universe is frantic about the start of the 2009 season and NFL organizations have already started planning for the 2010 NFL Draft.'s Chris Steuber has the latest and confirms that the Philadelphia Eagles are looking at more QBs.

When your offense is predicated on passing the ball, obviously the quarterback position is a major priority. But when your quarterback depth chart already consists of a franchise quarterback, a former franchise quarterback trying to make a comeback, a potential heir-apparent and a veteran backup, it’s safe to say that your team is set for the present and the future; just don’t tell the Philadelphia Eagles that.

The Eagles have a crowded depth chart at QB, but they're still looking at QBs.
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With Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb and A.J. Feeley holding down their place on the Eagles roster this season, the future in Philadelphia is uncertain for all four of them, as they’re all set to be free agents after the 2010 season. With one eye on the present and another eye on the future, previously reported the presence of an Eagles scout at Ashland University to check out QB prospect Billy Cundiff. And now, has confirmed that Eagles Director of College Scouting, Ryan Grigson, will travel to Kalamazoo on Wednesday, August 26th to scout Western Michigan’s highly touted QB Tim Hiller.

At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, Hiller is a viable alternative to the top two senior QB prospects, Colt McCoy (Texas) and Tim Tebow (Florida), who are destined to be first round picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. Hiller is coming off of a breakout junior campaign where he completed 64.9-percent of his passes for 3,725 yards, 36 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions; he’s currently projected as a third-to-fourth round pick.

Hiller possesses prototypical size, a strong arm and the intelligence to play in most offenses. He primarily works out of the shotgun, shows patience in the pocket and delivers a quick, catchable ball that arrives on time for the receiver. He goes through his progressions nicely and takes what the defense gives him. He doesn’t force many throws, although when he’s forced out of the pocket he has a tendency to turn over the ball. He has good mobility, but isn’t a threat to hurt a defense with his legs. He’s a hard worker who prepares himself extremely well for the task at hand and is a leader that others look up too. He’s currently the 3rd rated quarterback (78th overall) in’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.

A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999. Steuber’s features are published across the network and on If you wish to contact Chris Steuber, email him at:

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