By Mike Gibson @papreps on May 11, 2014
One of the disturbing things about the first two seasons of the Chip Kelly draft experience is that to become a Philadelphia Eagle, it has become pretty apparent that the head coach must have either coached you or seen you play in a real college game once. That could limit the future pool of available players.
Such was the case this Eagles’ draft for these six picks over Kelly’s two drafts.
Kelly made the two-block walk from the Eagles’ practice facility over to Lincoln Financial Field to see Temple host Louisville in October. Most observers thought Kelly was there to see quarterback Teddy Bridgewater or safety Calvin Pryor, but something about Smith’s game (4 tackles, an assist and a sack) must have impressed him enough to make this projected third-rounder a first-round pick. Smith is shown here being held by Temple's Zach Hooks.
With the 86th pick overall this year, Kelly selected his old wide receiver at Oregon, Josh Huff. During his final season at Oregon, Huff caught 62 passes for 1, 140 yards and seven touchdowns.
When Hart picked up the phone and heard Kelly on the other line, he said Kelly told him: “We’re putting the old family back together.” While that sounds nice, Eagles fans cannot be too excited about having a team with a lot of players from the same college team on the roster, no matter how good that college team was. Hart’s acquisition means that there are seven former Ducks on the Eagles’ current roster.
Kelly saw Reynolds as another pain-in-the-neck Stanford player who not only helped beat his team, but led the PAC-12 in interceptions in that 2012 season. The Reynolds who Kelly did not see was the guy who dropped to just one interception this season, so his selection in this year’s fifth round had to be a little bit puzzling.
Poyer, one of the three picks in Kelly’s first draft, played only three games with the Eagles before making it over to the Cleveland Browns. Kelly picked Poyer after being impressed with his ability as a lock-down corner for the rival Beavers. He was anything but a lock-down corner with the Eagles.
Ertz helped the Cardinal hand Kelly’s Ducks their only regular-season loss in 2012 and has turned into a good second-round pick for the Eagles from the 2013 draft. Ertz had 36 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns.
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