By Harry Allison

Okay, the Eagles failed to move up to No. 1 in next week’s draft, which is where they would have to be to take quarterbacks Carson Wentz (above) or Jared Goff.

But that hasn’t stopped new Eagles coach Doug Pederson’s mouth from watering.

“The guys are pretty even in my opinion,” Pederson said this morning at NovaCare. “From all the physical tools, both of them are extremely gifted.”

Pederson did not back down when asked if they could both be franchise quarterbacks.

“I believe so,” Pederson said, “I believe so.”

Wentz and Goff will likely go 1 and 2, especially after the Los Angeles Rams moved up to the No. 1 pick in a trade with the Tennessee Titans earlier this month. The Cleveland Browns hold the No. 2 pick, and are expected to take a quarterback or trade the pick to a team that will.

The Eagles currently hold the No. 8 overall pick, but they were reportedly in discussions with the Titans about acquiring the top pick before it was traded to the Rams.

Should the Eagles make a jump up the draft board, it sounded like the team — at least Pederson — preferred Wentz.

“I like him. He has everything you want in a quarterback at this level,” Pederson said of Wentz. “Quarterback is a unique position in the NFL. Guys come in here and there is an expectation that they have, and one we have as a coaching staff. I like his size, I like his arm strength, I like his mobility. He has all the tools.”

Wentz is one of the bigger mysteries in the draft, since he played at North Dakota State, as opposed to one of the traditional top football programs.

The Eagles have done their homework on Wentz, however, meeting with him twice at the Senior Bowl, once at the NFL Combine, visiting him in North Dakota and bringing him to Philly.

“When you finally get him, get him in your building, get your hands on him, break him down, the kid is pretty impressive,” Pederson said. “I’m excited to see where he goes and follow his career.”

Another option for the Eagles, if they can’t get their hands on Wentz in the draft, could be Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, who is viewed as the third best quarterback in the draft by most.

“I don’t think he is that far,” Pederson said. “Someone that is looking to develop their future could move up and grab a Paxton Lynch.”

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