When the Eagles moved up to select Matt Barkley in the fourth round, it sent a jolt through the NovaCare media room — as I am sure it did through living rooms across the Delaware Valley. There were “Wow!”s and “Huh?”s and grunts, followed by the the sound of reporters frantically attacking their keyboards.
A beat later one of the Eagles’ PR men came in and announced, “Chip is on his way down, guys.”
A scramble to the auditorium. Chip Kelly swiftly made his way to the podium as the media was getting settled. One reporter said to Kelly as he walked by: “Man, I can’t figure you guys out.”
Kelly stopped. And turned. And said, “It’s really not that hard. Look at who the best players are. That’s who we’re going to take.”
A fellow reporter asked me the following question last week at the Combine: If you had to choose right now, who do the Eagles take with the No. 4 pick?
It’s a question that will be tossed around quite a bit in the next two months. Eight weeks from tonight, Roger Goodell will step up to the podium in New York City and announce that the Chiefs are on the clock.
So from time to time between now and then, I’ll offer my list of the top-five Eagles possibilities (in no particular order).
We’re still about three months away from the NFL draft, but after last week’s Senior Bowl, initial rankings and evaluations are beginning to take shape.
Mike Mayock spent the week in Mobile, Ala. and called the game for NFL Network. During the broadcast, he offered his thoughts on the quarterback class, saying he expects West Virginia’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley to be first-round picks. Neither player participated in the Senior Bowl, but Mayock also offered thoughts on the six quarterback who were in attendance.
Below is a breakdown of what he had to say about each.
Big and beautiful.
That’s how John Jenkins describes himself. During weigh-ins at the Senior Bowl this week, no prospect tipped the scales more than the 359-pound nose tackle out of Georgia.
Jenkins, a projected first-round pick, played well in Mobile, but he knows the questions about his weight are not going away any time soon.
“The biggest question will be… they heard the rumor about me being 370, and I came in at 359,” he said. “Now the question is going to be, ‘What are you going to weigh at the combine?’ That’s going to be the biggest question. And then when I bring it down, they’re going to be like ‘Ok, this man is serious.’”
MOBILE, Ala. – Ryan Nassib had seen Howie Roseman on TV in the past. But the Syracuse quarterback prospect had never met the Eagles’ general manager.
Until this week – that is.
The Eagles’ brass are at the Senior Bowl, doing their due diligence on a number of prospects, including Nassib, who is from West Chester and attended Malvern Prep.
“I have talked to Coach [Chip] Kelly and a couple other people with the Eagles,” Nassib said. “The offense that he ran at Oregon was kind of similar to the one I ran in my last year with the read zone and stuff. He actually did a study on one of our best plays and knew all about it, so it’s actually pretty cool. Hopefully the opportunity comes. Philly’s my city, so we’ll see.”
With Sunday’s loss to the Redskins, the Eagles fell to 4-11 on the season.
Only the Chiefs and the Jaguars – both 2-13 – have worse records. The Lions and Raiders are tied with the Birds at 4-11.
The tiebreaker among teams with the same record is strength of schedule. The team with the overall easier schedule gets the higher pick. In other words, you get rewarded for being terrible against worse competition. Here’s a look at what the top five picks would look like if the season ended today.
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s 1 p.m. matchup against the Redskins: Michael Vick, Greg Salas, Chris Polk, Stanley Havili, Darryl Tapp, Danny Watkins and Matt Kopa.
A member of the NFL league offices addressed the recent discovery that Garrett Reid was in possession of steroids when he died on August 5.
“We are aware of the information,” said a league representative via email, “and will follow up as appropriate.”
The NFL did not say whether they would be conducting an independent investigation.
In a press conference Monday afternoon, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said that there was no evidence that links the steroids with any members of the Eagles.
With Thursday night’s loss to the Bengals, the Eagles fell to 4-10 on the season with two games left.
Only two teams – the Jaguars (2-12) and the Chiefs (2-12) – have fewer wins. Three teams – the Raiders, Lions and Titans – have the same number of victories as the Eagles. There’s a bit of a catch here since the Titans (4-9) play the Jets tonight.
The tiebreaker among teams with the same record is strength of schedule. The team with the overall easier schedule gets the higher pick. In other words, you get rewarded for being terrible against worse competition. Here’s a look at what the top six picks would look like if the Titans were to lose tonight.
Where would the Eagles pick if the season ended today? How much can change in the next three weeks? Here’s a look.