Nick Foles focused on the television screen during April's NFL draft before the power went out in his Austin, Texas, home in the middle of the third round.

Darkness enshrouded Foles. He was still undrafted.

Ten minutes later, Foles saw a 215 area code flash on his cellphone. He knew enough about the Eagles' interest to recognize the origin of the call. That's how Foles, who played his college football at Arizona, learned he would become Philadelphia's potential quarterback of the future.

The Eagles were determined to pick a quarterback from a draft class that might prove to be one of the ripest in years. Their evaluations included meeting with Robert Griffin III, the Washington Redskins selection who will start against the Eagles on Sunday.

Foles will replace Michael Vick and become the sixth quarterback from the 2012 class to start a regular-season game. It's the culmination of a rigorous evaluation process that ultimately landed Foles in Philadelphia.

"We liked him, so as we ranked him, we made him one of the guys that if we had an opportunity, we'd draft," coach Andy Reid said. "He fell to where we drafted, and it worked out like it did."

But the draft is never that simple. The six quarterbacks selected before Foles (the No. 88 overall pick) were Andrew Luck (No. 1, Colts), Griffin (No. 2), Ryan Tannehill (No. 8, Dolphins), Brandon Weeden (No. 22, Browns), Brock Osweiler (No. 57, Broncos), and Russell Wilson (No. 75, Seahawks). The Eagles expressed interest in Griffin, but did not have enough ammunition to trade up for him. They worked out Tannehill but had other needs in the first round.


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The Eagles focused on Foles and Wilson. The draft room was unanimous in liking Foles, although Reid preferred Wilson, according to team sources. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg favored size and wanted Foles, team sources said. The comparison became moot when Wilson was taken 13 picks before Foles, and the Eagles were pleased to draft Foles as the highest quarterback selected besides Donovan McNabb and Kevin Kolb in the Reid era.

On Sunday, the Eagles will get their first prolonged look at Foles and begin to see whether he can beat the odds of quarterbacks selected after the first round and develop into the franchise's quarterback of the future.

"On game day, I don't know what it's going to be like," Foles said. "There will be butterflies."

Broncos: Linebacker D.J. Williams was placed on the 53-man roster and is expected to make his 2012 debut Sunday against San Diego. Williams returned to practice last week after serving two NFL-mandated suspensions. He was suspended six games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and three games for an alcohol-related arrest.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.