After five months of talk and speculation, the 2015 NFL draft is almost here. The intrigue surrounding Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles is at record levels. Have his series of bold moves this offseason all been part of a brilliant master plan to snag Oregon QB Marcus Mariota? Will all be revealed (and make sense) come Thursday night?
The stakes are as high as they’ve ever been for the Birds. It is the first draft where Kelly will fully wield power. After a disastrous selection of Marcus Smith in the first round last year, the Eagles have got to make a pick able to make a positive impact on the field this season. No room for excuses. Continue reading ‘It’s almost here: Who will the Eagles take first in the draft?’
The Philadelphia Eagles 2013 Draft Class. Image via the Philadelphia Eagles Facebook page.
While the news of the Philadelphia Eagles’ selection of Matt Barkley was still setting in, the Eagles were still busy making their remaining picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. The four picks following Barkley for the Birds were all on defense. To round out their selections, the Eagles drafted S Earl Wolff out of NC State; Utah DE Joe Kruger; CB Jordan Poyer out of Oregon State; and Oklahoma DE David King.
Here’s a rundown of each player:
S Earl Wolff (5’11, 209): Called a “sleeper safety” by draft analyst Mike Mayock: Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles: Rounding out the draft’
Matt Barkley taking the call that made him a Philadelphia Eagles. Image via PhiladelphiaEagles.com
Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles had the biggest surprise of all in Day 3 of the NFL Draft when they traded up three spots to the top of the 4th round to nab USC quarterback Matt Barkley. The move was surprising for a number of reasons, but particularly because of the questions it raises.
What does the pick mean for the overall quaterback situation for the Birds, in particular for the futures of Mike Vick and Nick Foles on the team? And what does it mean about the type of offense we may see from Kelly?
Kelly’s explanation for the pick was simple. Barkley (6’2, 227) was rated as one of Philadelphia’s top 50 players and they couldn’t believe he was still available heading into the 4th round. So, they went up to get him. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles move up in Day 3 to grab USC QB Matt Barkley’
In Day Two of the NFL Draft, Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles did proceed as some anticipated in the second round by drafting a quarterback. Instead, in the 2nd round (35th overall pick) they drafted Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, and in the third (67th overall) added LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan to their ranks.
Zach Ertz. Image via the Stanford Daily.
Kelly is all too familiar with Ertz (6’5, 249 lbs) and clearly had time while Oregon played Stanford in the Pac-12 to develop admiration for him. In fact, in Oregon’s single loss in the 2012 season, Ertz caught the tying touchdown pass.
In his final college season, Ertz finished with 69 catches (the highest on the team) for 898 yards and six scores. In their prospect analysis of him, NFL.com compares Ertz to Jason Witten—not too shabby at all.
Coach Kelly described why he wanted Ertz as a part of Philadelphia’s defense: Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles add TE Zach Ertz and DT Bennie Logan in Day 2 of draft action’
In the whirlwind that was Thursday night for new Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson, words of welcome and congratulations flooded in from everyone, including his new teammates.
As we all know by now, OG Evan Mathis has quite a way with words on Twitter, and he had a short but simple way of welcoming and introducing himself to his fellow offensive lineman:
So, Lane, you may not be able to keep your number now that you’re in the pros but I’m sure you’ll get over that. I’m sure some numbers that Mathis will gladly provide you with, however, are ones to Philadelphia’s finest steakhouses so that you can fulfill that order.
Now, if only Mathis’ tweet could serve as an appropriate template for a welcome email to new colleagues in less exciting environments like offices or retail… Ah well.
Happy Friday and Happy NFL Draft, Eagles fans!
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