After the world watched QB Geno Smith, the consensus number-one rated quarterback heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, go undrafted in Thursday’s first round, it seemed all-too likely that the Philadelphia Eagles would snatch up the West Virginia University product at last with their second-round, 35th-overall selection.
But as we anxiously waited to see Smith come off the board, the Eagles clearly had an agenda in place that did not include the highly-touted, mobile signal-caller.
It is no secret that head coach Chip Kelly and the Eagles decided to target one primary asset with their first three draft picks. Size.
The Eagles kicked off their 2013 draft with the acquisition of OT Lane Johnson, an incredibly athletic quarterback-convert out of University of Oklahoma. Johnson is an incredible, raw talent, standing at a massive 6′ 6″, who originally played quarterback and tight end in junior college before finding his home at offensive tackle with the Sooners.
When the Eagles’ second-round pick rolled around, jaws dropped nationwide as the Birds brought in TE Zach Ertz, a 6′ 5″ mammoth from Stanford University. This pick certainly came as a surprise to fans and analysts alike, as the Eagles were considering taking Smith in the first-round, so it seemed like they would certainly steal the mobile youngster on Day 2. But no dice.
Kelly and the Eagles decided to stick with the trend of bulk and girth with their third-round pick also, drafting DT Bennie Logan out of Louisiana State University. Logan is at least 310 pounds right now, and Kelly believes that he has room to get even bigger as a pro.
While these massive, scale-tipping acquisitions will certainly help the Eagles’ cause, they must not overlook their dire need for a strong-armed, mobile quarterback to begin his development under current Eagles’ starter, QB Michael Vick.
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