Nick Foles slips a bit, but Philadelphia Eagles take him 88th overall

TUCSON AZ - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes in the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 18 2010 in Tucson Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Nick Foles waited three hours and about 35 minutes on Day 2 of the 2012 NFL Draft. He watched as players like ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler and Cal punter Bryan Anger went ahead of him.

But in the third round with the 88th overall selection, Foles was taken by the Philadelphia Eagles, where he'll compete with Trent Edwards and Mike Kafka for options behind Mike Vick.

Foles, at 6-foot-5, 243 pounds was the seventh quarterback taken in the draft behind Stanford's Andrew Luck (No. 1 overall), Baylor's Robert Griffin III (No 2), Texas A&M's Ryan Tannehill (No. 8), Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden (No. 22), Osweiler (No. 57), and Wisconsin's Russell Wilson (No. 75).

[RELATED: How Foles rated to me following the season and Kyle Kensing's story about the Nick Foles, Juron Criner relationship]

"You'll like his size, Mel Kiper," said ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. He added that Foles, while not the most mobile or quick, "has functional movement in the pocket."

Fellow ESPN draft expert Todd McShay said that Foles, who got hit often behind a young offensive line last season for the 4-8 Wildcats, was the best of the seven quarterbacks he rated when hurried and under pressure from opposing defenses.

Foles becomes the first Arizona quarterback drafted in 50 years, as Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen wrote this week.

It appears the Eagles put a good amount of research in Foles. They were one of the few teams to work out the Wildcats' all-time leading passer.

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