Eagles Wake-Up Call: Kelly Honors Fallen Navy Player

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Chip Kelly has had a busy offseason.

From the Senior Bowl in January to the combine in February to the owners meetings in March, the Eagles’ head coach is racking up the frequent flyer miles. And we haven’t even mentioned all of the Pro Days:

On Saturday, though, Kelly took a break from draft prep and came through with a nice gesture to the members of Navy's football squad.

According to the Capital Gazette, Kelly spent time at Navy's practice and announced he was making Will McKamey an honorary member of the Eagles. McKamey died while in a coma March 26, three days after collapsing during a practice.

Kelly presented Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo with a No. 41 Eagles jersey that had McKamey's name on the back.

"It really means a lot that someone of Chip Kelly’s stature would take the time to come to Annapolis and honor Will in that way," said Niumatalolo. "That Coach Kelly wanted to do something special on behalf of Will, something to uplift his family, shows what a class act he is."

Kelly has made it a point to recognize members of the military throughout his career. He traveled overseas as part of the USO Tour while at Oregon, and the Ducks had "Support Our Troops" themed spring games.

Last year, when Kelly was answering questions about the draft, he took issue with the term war room.

"First off, I don’t think using war room is real appropriate," he said. "We had Sergeant Jones here today and it brings things back to reality. We’re picking players in the NFL draft."

And last summer, Kelly brought in a Navy SEAL to talk to the team.

While in Annapolis, he also checked out the Midshipmen's triple-option attack. But the clear purpose of Kelly making the trip was to reach out to the family and program going through a difficult time. Nice gesture from the Eagles' head coach.

WHAT YOU MISSED

T-Mac has the Eagles' preseason and offseason schedule.

The Birds are taking a closer look at USC wide receiver Marquise Lee.

McManus catches up with a Pac-12 defensive lineman who is on the Eagles' radar.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz makes the case for Marquise Lee at No. 22:

Lee would fit the Eagles offense. He can move around and be successful in a variety of roles. He could help as a RS. He will block. Lee is a RAC weapon and that would be perfect for Chip Kelly’s quick screens.

Andrew Brandt of The MMQB weighs in on DeSean Jackson:

The Eagles showed their hand regarding Jackson last summer and again this winter. In response to the infamous Riley Cooper N-word video, the Eagles sent Cooper away for barely a weekend before succumbing to the need of having him be a key cog in a new offense—a relationship that now continues with the proactive signing of Cooper before free agency began. The Eagles made a similar preemptive strike in re-signing Jeremy Maclin, who, while injured, “bought in” to Chip Kelly’s program. Further, the team acquired Darren Sproles, a “space player” who can take over some of Jackson’s previous role. These actions, combined with the lack of future guarantees in Jackson’s contract, proved lethal for Jackson’s continued employment in Philadelphia.

COMING UP

We'll check in on Penn State WR Allen Robinson.

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  • cheapmeat

    Way to summarize a dead story, Andrew Brandt…

    • knighn

      I’m not crazy about that paragraph. The article itself isn’t bad. Basically, Brand is saying (in the article): it’s all about money in the NFL… and teams let players go when they no longer are as valuable as their contract. Nothing ground-breaking or earth-shattering.
      Here’s the final paragraph:
      “In spinning back to Jackson, yes, he had a crew with some less-than-upright guys in it, but so do many NFL players, all with varying levels of talent. They only become “issues” that lead to team-player separation when the talent/need/contract equation has shifted in the team’s favor.”

  • Bullwinkle

    Very nice gesture by Coach Kelly. He obviously cares very much about people, and football players in particular. I wonder if DeSean took this aspect of Kelly’s personality as a signal that Kelly is soft and he can take advantage of him.

  • cliff henny

    Gotta love Kelly’s extra effort on all these pro-day visits. He may never win a Lombardi cause it’s really hard, but it wont be because he got out-worked, out-smarted or lost his focus/direction. plus, think he’s a stand-up guy. 99 times out of 100, think acts like Kelly did at Annapolis is all an act, but not with Kelly. give him credit, seems to have stayed grounded despite tremendous personal success.

    • myeaglescantwin

      Think of this aspect.. All those players are there in front of the big NFL head Coaches. Most teams send their scouts and position coaches. Kelley shows up!

      With that, he’s seeing the schools stars, he’s seeing the top draft selections, he’s seeing the later round grabs. . But what he is also seeing is the guys under the radar.
      I think his college recruiting and his trips to these pro-days are going to yield a high amount of undrafted-free-agents that can compete during OTA’s..

      i could care less what his says to the media. Press conferences don’t win games. Public opinion does not win games.
      dedication, scheme and personnel win games.. FOR A FACT , we have two of the three

  • myeaglescantwin

    Too many phans get over hyped about what Chip doesn’t say.. I’m more focused on his actions, which have all been football and country related.

    10-6 rookie season
    cutting all disctractions
    and focusing on what is important.

    #inchipwetrust

    • G_WallyHunter

      Agreed, stuff like this makes you one happy fan on this fine mornin… Big things ahead

    • Kevin

      Agreed as well. I think Chip is highly influenced by military tradition and history and that plays a huge role is his team philosophies. In the military (and Gus Bradley teams) you “Do your job” and trust the guy next to you will do his, etc., there is no time or place for ‘me first’ behavior. I think that is what was at the core of Chip’s decision to let Desean go. How much production did Desean leave on the field by not following up on a block? Or by not trying to knock down an interception? etc. You respect your coach and teammates by giving your all and doing your job, and in Chip’s world, if you can’t do that, no amount of talent will matter.

  • GEAGLE

    Interesting…
    ..
    A-Rob listed at 6’3 220lbs, was 220lb at the combine when he ran a 4.6….everyone was blown away by him running a 4.5 at his pro day, but he did so weighing 207lbs, which I doubt will ever be his playing weight..

    • oreofestar

      He is a 4.6 player and that does not matter

    • cliff henny

      maybe it can be both. hals with sports science can keep the 207lbs 4.5 speed while adding weight.

      • GEAGLE

        He is a pretty poor blocker, considering he has all the tools to be good at it…young enough to where I wouldn’t hold it against him tho???really impressed with his ability to shake free of press considering how young he is….Experienced with all the pro style routes playing for Obrien. I want one of the young bucks, him or Moncreif would do, but not at 22….
        ….
        But I’d rather have Sefarian Jenkins….think pairing him with Ertz is too deadly to pass up…secure Jenkins, and I won’t care which WRs they draft

        • anon

          If there’s a run on WRs i think Kelly’d be just as fine taking another TE, especially if they can run routes.

          • GEAGLE

            For me ASJ is as talented as any WR in this draft…probably the closest prospect I have seen to Gronk

        • JofreyRice

          I think he’s just a little clueless at times. Not as field aware as someone like Lee. If a play isn’t designed his way, it looks like he checks out a bit. Only 20, so I think you’d expect to fix that.

          • GEAGLE

            Absolutely..you can see his youth…but if the Charecter and work ethic checks out, Id draft him in a heartbeat, because he has FLaws, NOT limitations…I expect the flaws, and I appreciate the flaws, because without those flaws, a kid with that type of upside would be a top 15 pick we would have NO SHOT at drafting…so while I point out negatives like where he is at as a blocker right now, it means nothing to me, because I know Chip won’t draft him unless he thinks he has the Charecter to work to make these flaws disappear…

    • NickS1

      I’d imagine he plays somewhere in the 215 range, just a guess. Seems to be a happy medium of the weight/speed combo.

      • Andrew J. Race

        played 210 at penn state

  • Will

    Sheil can you check out Donte Moncrief Ole Miss 6’2″ 221 4.40 40 next…Big, strong, fast and healthy…

    • GEAGLE

      Our WR coach went to see him….Not just Big and Fast..

      top score in the broad jump
      3rd highest score in vertical Jump

      A Rob was basically the opposite..best vertical score, 3rd best broad jump..
      ..
      Both will be 21yr old rookies…and you can draft ATleast 5 WRs who will be more NFL ready then them as rookies…But if A-Rob and Moncreif have the right Charecter and work ethic, and they go play with a Quality QB and get quality coaching. 3 years from now, I doubt there will be 5 better WRs from this draft class…
      ..
      If their Charecter checks out, I really hope to end up with one of thos two Baby Beasts…I trust the hell out of Chip and this offense to develop WRs, which is why I’m willing to pass on the more polished NFL ready WRs, to add Young Baby beasts with Monster upside…but who they are as people will determine if they become eagles or not…because it will not be easy for Chip to ever find such raw talent with crazy upsides…but don’t let fans liking them, or bashing them fool you, A Rob and Moncreif aren’t NFL ready to beast the league, but at their age, they shouldn’t be expected to…

      If Andy Reid was our coach, ii would want them to draft polished WRs like ODB,Cooks,Lee,Mathews….but I trust the hell our of chips player development, so I’m hoping we swing for the Fences and go with the ELITE upside

      • GEAGLE

        Our coach turned Riley Cooper who NO ONE EVER THOUGHT was more than a #4 WR into a quality beast #2, then how Can people not want to see what Chip can do with a 20yr old baby who runs a 4.4 Flat at 6’2 220lbs, and is a top performer in vertical and broad jumps? if you Trust your coach,and you are smart enough to realize that we will NEVER sign those 40mil gamebreaking Free Agents, you better swing for the fences and look for ELITE Talent and the right personality that will allow us to coach em up to reach that Elite Potential

        • anon

          I think this is true – especially after the second FA here. However, i think there are some positions that you’ll have to pay for if you want quality. I think OLB is one of them.

          • GEAGLE

            Think there is no shot we are paying for an OLB., not when backups like Everson Griffin got 20mil in Guarentees…M.Johnson was Chips ideal OLB, and if you remember we were interested in him for a moment, but found out the price range and were quickly turned off…then they announced his deal and it was for fair 24mil in Guarentees….if we weren’t willing to pony that up, to the point where we were turned off by the price immediately then I think it’s safe to say that we won’t get a stud OLB, til we draft and develop him our selves…24mil was a very fair price for a guy of his talent, yet we were turned off by it instantly..,,to me, that days it all….OLB is a position we have to fill in the draft

      • damrvrhunter

        Are Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans not polished right now? They are missing from your list.

        • GEAGLE

          Why would I place top 10 picks, we have no shot at on my eagles list? Should I list Clowney and Mack in my list of OLBs?

          • damrvrhunter

            I figured that was the reason just had to confirm it. I rely on you for talent evaluation.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah, I try to pretend players I think we have no shot at don’t exists lol…last year I wanted Ertz so bad, I literally refused to talk about him at all because I thought there was no shot he ever made it out of round 1….imagine how I felt when eagles announced their 2nd round pick…no part of it is a superstition…pretend the players I love at the top don’t exist and hope I get crazy lucky on draft day :)….

          • damrvrhunter

            It only weird if it doesn’t work!

      • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

        In that case Martavis. That kid could be disgusting. And he blocks, which should help him get his foot in the door

        • GEAGLE

          I know people like him, and some smart people like Cossel really believe in him. But watching his film drives me crazy..but so did Earl Wolff.,.i don’t believe in Martevis personally, but if out of all these great WRs, if that’s who Chip believe in, then I’d be excited that our coach thinks he can turn someone with such a rare size/speed combo into a BALLER…..if Andy Reid were stil our coach, I’d want polished less risky WRs like ODB,Lee,Mathews…but Chip had proven to develop young offensive talent, so while Chip is our coach I want us to swing for the fences and draft special potential…I trust Chip enough to not need to settle on the polished, less risky talents,…how Old is Bryant?

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            He’ll be 23 in December. I’ve just wanted that freak wideout for so long, I’m very willing to take a shot on a few kids. Bennett could have done himself a big favor by staying another year, that’ll help some team get him later in the draft tho. Hell of a skill set for a 4th round pick

  • Andy124

    Very cool by Kelly. I would love if this was the start of a new tradition.

  • GEAGLE

    Marcus Smith
    Attaboy
    Trent Murphy
    Scott Crichton
    Will Clarke
    Barr
    Kony Ealy

    I’d be surprised if one of these men aren’t backing up Trent Cole this year. Pauline reported that the eagles put Clarke and Crichton thru a bunch of LB drills and those DEs looked much better than Expected…Clarke and Murphy have the size and length Chip wants at OLB….

    Been watching a lot of Trent Murphy since he shocked me at the combine with his ability to move backwards and people who all year talked about him as if he was Bjoern Werner are totally clueless, not to mention there is plenty of tape of Stanford using him as a 3-4 ROLB
    ….
    People need to go watch some 2012 footage of Attaboy, which shows how clueless his fans really are lol…basically his 2012 tape, shows he is a much more realistic ROLB for us than even his biggest fans seem to realize…I won’t spoil it, go watch the tapes..
    ..
    Crichton I am not ready to discuss…need to see a lot more of him before I can speak on him, but playing for Oregon state, and his reports of impressing us when we put him thru LB drills, means I should probably stop being lazy and start taking a look at him

    • Will

      If we grab an OLB late Attaboy is my choice…

      • GEAGLE

        Late? We are lucky if he is still on the board at 54…nice combo of Speed, power and violence. In 2012 he was used as an OLB..this year they made him stick his hand in the dirt, which is why even his “Fans” question if he can play OLB, when there is actually an entire years worth of footage where he shows the ability to do so…and this past year when he was a DE, he was asked to stunt and twist a lot, which is Important because Azz ask our DL to do that often
        ….
        If Chip isn’t willing to negotiate on OLB height and length, than it will probably be between Clarke and Murphy…if the height and length isn’t a deal breaker, then I think Marcus and Attaboy would be our top targets…Crichton I can’t speak on yet…

        • Will

          By late hope he is there early 3rd RD….Attaboy that is…

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            No love for Van Noy around these parts today. What sets him apart to me is his ability to drop and defend the pass. I didn’t see a lot of man coverage but in a zone, around the football. Coming away with the football a bunch. I can’t find much evidence that Atta-boy or Ford do a lot of covering of any type. Shazier I see in coverage, but In not real big on him. VanNoy looks like the more versatile of the guys I’ve spent time on so far.

          • GEAGLE

            Scroll up fool :)

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            2012 Atta? I was gonna have a look. I like his tenacity. Seen him get rocked a few times by tackles, gather himself and still make a play. The kids nice I just need to see a little more in coverage.

          • GEAGLE

            Used him in coverage plenty in 2012..was shocked to see this, because none of his die hard fans ever talked about it…they didn’t ask him to put his hand in the dirt til this year….this is why I have to watch film for myself…I won’t say any names, but you got “fans” who been pumping up attaboy hard, act like they know everything there is to know about him, yet they don’t even know he was used in coverage a year ago…can’t listen to anyone this time of year, nothing to do but watch film for yourself

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            Just watched him vs Clemson 2012. Started off strong. Shadowed the the TE on a handfull of plays where Boyd never looked his way. Only got to see him contest about 2 throws. Disappointed by how much he tired by the 4th when they were down 9pts. Im always looking for a kid to throw the cape on in those moments. I’ll keep looking, but for now Van Noy is ahead for me.

          • GEAGLE

            Dude van Noy is one of my favorite 5 players in this draft, I been pumping him hard for two years now…but they play different NFL roles in my mind…I don’t think drafting one means you have no use for the other…if it were up to me, I would make sure we came out of this draft with one guy from each of these two categories:
            ..
            ROLB:
            Marcus Smith
            Attaboy
            Trent Murphy
            Will Clarke
            Barr
            ….
            LOLB/ILB Hybrid (the role Casey Mathews pretended to play last year):
            1) KVN
            2) Christian Kirksey
            3) Christian Jones
            4)Telvin smith
            5)tripp

          • GEAGLE

            Maybe you should watch Attaboys 2012 film…this wasn’t his first year ever playing football

          • Richard Colton

            He’s a defensive playmaker. We need a few. There’s a chance he’s there late in the 2nd. If he is – grab him.

          • Will

            Not sure Van Noy even lasts to 2nd RD #22…may be gone…figure they go WR first and then trade back I like Van Noy a lot…

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            Just said it a second ago, but I’m ready to mortgage the 2015 draft to get more and earlier picks this year . Look at a team with cap problems who may be willing to trade a pick this year for a pick in 2015. Package Graham with a pick. I’m ok with taking a small step back, in order to take a giant leap forward next season. Surely the Mock Draft Champion can see the value in that.

          • Maggie

            Was mildly surprised to see Shazier 3rd in Mayock’s mock on Thursday morning.

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            I’ve only seen a little bit of Shazier, but I what I did see he didn’t make a lot of plays in the backfield. I hope he’s highly touted and goes early, allowing these other kids to slide back to us later.

    • Jerry Pomroy

      I’d rather have Attaochu than Ford. I watched some Trent Murphy the other day. Not a bad player, but I don’t think he’s a guy that’ll have a lot of wow moments at next level, but rather a staple of consistent effort. That’s probably it though, he’s definitely a worker more than a gifted specimen. Crichton, I watched some about a month or two back. But need to watch some more. If I’m picking between he and Clarke right now, I’d have to go with Clarke. Thing is, I wonder the Eagles might be looking at these two as mid round guys to possibly backup Barwin & not the right side. Or its also possible that if they miss out on someone they like for the right side, that they move Barwin over & have one of these guys backfill at the left side as a plan B. I just don’t know. But I think Chip wants long & quick on the right side & the only guy that stands out in my head with those two traits is Barr, who would be unlikely of course.

      • GEAGLE

        Ford? I don’t even list him…doubt we have any Interest in him whatsoever…
        ..
        My personal wish list is:
        1. Marcus Smith
        2. Attaboy…

        After we draft our ROLB, I’m assuming we draft a LOLB/ILB,hybrid who will backup Meco and Barwin, while providing some coverage alternative in subpackages as a rookie, and eventually replace Meco as our starting ILB.. KVN would be ideal in this role, if we can’t get him, then Hopefully Kirksey or C Jones…
        ,,,,
        However, don’t sleep on this scenario:
        Eagles wait a year to draft their ROLB, and this year we just Draft KVN, and give him some snaps at ROLB across from Barwin, keep in mind, it’s not reached point to where our coaches NEVER want Cole rushing the passer…Cole/KVN pairing could be a suitable stop gap, and then in the 2015 draft, get our ROLB and cut Cole..KVN will be able to play some ROLB while the rookie eases his way into the rotation, then in 2016 the ROLB plays 3 downs, and KVN steps takes over for Meco….
        ,,,,
        So while we all assume our ROLB of the future is coming in this draft, he may not come til the 2015 draft…I just have a feeling we will LOVE KVN as Mecos eventual replacements and that KVN/Cole combo can be a suitable ROLB stop gap for the 2014 season…Think we want to give Barwin more pass rushing opportunities, and when KVN comes in for Cole at ROLB, it frees up Barwin to rush the passer. Because KVN is good in coverage…think we will love KVN, maybe they are ok with drafting KVN AND the ROLB this year(which would be ideal for me)…Billy will love KVNs cover skills, versatility…Chip will love his Charecter, interview, intelligence, roster depth versatility…

        But KVN and Attaboy/maaaaaarcus daaaarling would be ideal for sure

        • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

          Saw VanNoy at MLB in 2011 I’m guessing before they bumbed him outside. I think he plays too high to be inside. Plus with Kendrycks, one undersizedSomething I’ve been pondering recently is whether Barwin could actually step inside and produce. I think he’d be a very good MLB. That allows you to have a cerebral, proven NFL talent inside, and realistically grab two kids to play on the edge this year. To hell with the 2015 draft. I’m ready to mortgage that draft to get all the pieces I want out of this years crop. By 2015 we’ll have developed the youth to the point we only need to grab a couple guys in FA and make a legit run at the Super Bowl.

          The guy I think you’re dead right about is Marcus Smith. I can easily see him in Trents role alternating between putting his hand down and playing in a 2-point, as long as he can handle switching sides. He’s much stronger at the point of attack than Attaochu, who gets bullied a bit as the game wears on. KVN then gives you an athleticism upgrade over Barwin, as Barwin moving in gives you over Meco. But regardless if you think moving Barwin inside could work, they need 2 new OLBs now. If only for depth.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            If we walked away with both KVN & Smith, that would be my 1A behind Barr somehow falling well (20ish) within reach. KVN does play high, but he’s 6’4″, so you’d expect that. He is an exceptional interior blitzer & has a knack of tracking the ball carrier through traffic. The versatility you’d get from the two of them would be immeasurable.

            I don’t see Barwin as an ILB. KVN is much better suited for that role than Barwin. He’s an outside guy all the way.

          • GEAGLE

            Same..KVN and Marcus is a heckuva consolation prize for Barr not falling to us…if someone steals KVN before we can snag him in round two….then I’d want Marcus and either Kirksey, C Jones, or possibly Tripp

          • HowieGambleChipsAllDay

            Of the candidates in that scenario, I like Barwins bulk to hold up inside. But KVN has the experience. Now here’s apparently a better question for today………KVN or DION? My vote doesn’t change.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            If we’re talking about OLB, it really isn’t a good comparison. I think KVN is better suited inside or an all over blitzing type. Dion couldn’t play ILB as the SILB. He’s not a stout run defender or a guy that you’d necessarily want crashing into blocks. Dion is a “space” & speed LB. Maybe the WILB, but that’s more for coverage ability and as the 2nd man in behind the SILB on blitzes or rushing downs. That’s getting very desperate though.

            Dion is an OLB all the way really. Either in 3-4 or a 4-3, probably better suited for the weak side in both schemes. But I think you need to be creative with both guys rushing as OLBs.

        • Jerry Pomroy

          I think they’ll let the board dictate, but certainly wouldn’t be surprised if we walked away with two LBs. However, your scenario for KVN is one that I’ve mentioned in the past a couple of times. I think they could bring him in & basically try him out all over to see where he fits best at all three positions. Hell, you could argue that you could even bring him in to play in the 3 safety sets.

          • GEAGLE

            I’m actually surprised that some NFL scouts still project his best position to be a ROLB in a 3-4…I love the kid, and see so much value in drafting him, but I would not be comfortable pounding the table to make him our ROLB for the next 5 years..I will always want to see him get a few snaps at ROLB just to throw different looks at offenses, and I wouldn’t mind him and Cole being our stop gap ROLB until we draft our future ROLB in 2015…but I do eventually want him next to Mykal as Meco’s eventual replacement…but for the 2014 season, we need a rookie that can share the pass rush opportunities with Cole, and provide a coverage alternative to Meco in some subpackages…he can easily fill both needs as a rookie…but Ideally, we add KVN and Marcus/Attachuo..so we can have our Longterm LBs in place Barwin,Mykal,KVN,Marcus…with Meco QBing the defense for the next two years

  • addicted2mula

    http://mobile.philly.com/blogs/?wss=/philly/blogs/red_zone/&id=254539501

    Are we finally going to get a big WR?? Hope so see what we did with TO

    • Maggie

      TO? A yappy big mouth on the sidelines? Often waved at catchable passes as they went past 6 inches away? Made it look okay to blow off his teammates to grab a quickie with a stranger in the locker room? Injured during the season that some people seem to think he carried the team to the Super Bowl? You must have a short memory.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        I think his point is fair. Big WR, TO. I thought TO was a damn good WR. Just didn’t care for the drama. The antics don’t explain the yearning for a player of his size and ability.

  • Brent E. Sulecki

    Chip gets it.

  • Will

    Your Picks:

    Round 1 Pick 6 (ATL): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA (A)
    Round 1 Pick 27 (N.O.): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State (C+)
    Round 2 Pick 22: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 22: Keith McGill, CB, Utah (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 30 (S.F.): Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee (B+)
    Round 4 Pick 22: Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State (A-)
    Round 5 Pick 27 (N.O.): Chris Boswell, K, Rice (B+)
    Round 6 Pick 26 (N.O.): John Urschel, OG, Penn State (D+)
    Round 7 Pick 22: L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri (B-)
    Round 7 Pick 30 (S.F.): Charles Sawyer, CB, Ole Miss (D+)

    3 weeks or 28 days to the draft…

    • Dominik

      How could you trade up to 6 and still have 10 picks? Lol.

      • myeaglescantwin

        none of this makes sense.

      • Will

        you liked the ten picks uh…the player’s I really liked went early in each rd but did come away with some play maker’s…

    • myeaglescantwin

      two first round picks??

      who are we trading to get top 10?
      who are we trading to get back into round 1?
      where did we get an extra 3? a 6? 7?

      • Will

        traded both 1st RD picks 2015 & 2016 to climb to #6 overall traded back twice for more picks..

        • myeaglescantwin

          nice

          won’t say it can’t happen

          • Richard Colton

            I’ll say it. Can’t happen. Besides, Do you really want to hamstring your franchise’s future to pick a project at OLB – albeit an amazing project?

            Do we have incontrovertible proof that FOles is heading for Canton? So much so that we’re willing to take 1st round QB off the table for three years in a row?

    • FillyFinn

      Where is this mock draft site you use?

      • Will

        First-pick.com

  • TNA

    I like the juxtaposition of Chip’s appreciation of the U.S. armed forces and the general military culture of discipline/focus/teamwork/etc. and the Brandt blurb about DeSean. Even if DeSean had impressive military-related skills it is very doubtful he would make it/be selected as an elite member of the US armed forces – no way any unit leader would want to consistently go into a foxhole with that guy.

  • knighn

    Oh, and by the way: I think Chip Kelly and Co have taken a long look at the large number of high-quality WRs in this draft, compared them to the quality of the other positions, and said: if we’re truly taking the Best Value Available, we’re almost definitely going to end up with a WR in the first or second round. That, added in with all of the other stuff with DeSean (height / weight / measurables; two concussions / injury history; attitude / foolishness; and MONEY, MONEY, MONEY) looks like it all just combined to spell the end for DeSean with the Eagles. Oh, and after reading the Andrew Brandt article: I’m curious about where DeSean will be playing in 2016.

  • jabostick

    Dumb question: what does ‘RS’ stand for, in Lawlor’s article?

    • damrvrhunter

      Return specialist.

      • jabostick

        Ah, thanks

        • damrvrhunter

          Yw.

    • Birds4Life

      I think return specialist but that is just my guess.

  • Bird of Prey

    Gotta love his hands on approach, and I keep thinking that this guy IS the smartest guy in the room and he doesn’t feel compelled to show it. His empathy with the armed forces, actually going to the practices and honoring a kid like that makes me respect him even more.

    I’m ever thankful he’s our coach, great hire Howie!

  • GiveMeABreak

    At least he is smart enough to have figured out that our FO can’t be trusted with talent assessment. If the media wants to make a virtue out of a necessity, that is up to them.

    • damrvrhunter

      What are you talking about?

      • GiveMeABreak

        I would not leave our FO in charge of talent assessment. Its track record is not good. We need someone involved who can actually pick talent. I hope Chip is up to the task.

        • damrvrhunter

          The general consensus is our last two draft classes have been stellar. Are you sure you are still not suffering from “Andy Fatigue” it’s been known to severely cloud one’s mind.