The Eagles had six players they hoped would be there at the No. 22 pick. But when they finally were put on the clock, none of the six was available.
Two guys who could have been had at that spot were Johnny Manziel and USC WR Marqise Lee.
Chip Kelly has had nothing but good things to say about Manziel publicly, but it seems clear that the Eagles never really thought about taking him with the 22nd pick. Read more »
As we count down to Thursday, Tim and Sheil give their takes on how the Eagles will approach the 2014 draft.
In case you missed yesterday’s installment, they each gave their three most likely targets for the Birds at No. 22.
Today’s question: Will the Eagles spend one of their draft picks on a quarterback?
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Johnny Manziel originally committed to play for Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks coming out of high school.
He attended an Oregon football camp with Marcus Mariota back in 2010 and both were planning on heading to Eugene. But Manziel had a change of heart and decided to stick closer to home by attending Texas A&M.
“When I coached at Oregon he was tailor-made for that [offense],” said Kelly. “Broke my heart. I love the kid. I think he’s a hell of a football player.”
Peter King brought up the possibility of a Kelly-Manziel union in his column Monday. Read more »
With the draft 10 days away, here are some Eagles-related notes to share.
Let’s start with Peter King of The MMQB, who had a rumor/non-rumor about the Birds and Johnny Manziel: Read more »
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and team president Don Smolenski were on the same flight out of Orlando yesterday, both headed back home to Philadelphia.
Chip Kelly, however, said he was going on the road. And it looks like he’ll be attending yet another Pro Day: Read more »
Peter King mentioned in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that the Eagles were one of the teams that met with quarterback Johnny Manziel at the combine. Howie Roseman was asked to explain that decision on Thursday.
“We do interviews for a wide variety of reasons at a wide variety of positions,” said Roseman, who did not confirm that a meeting with Manziel took place. “We get 60 formal interviews at the combine, we get 30 players we’re allowed to bring in here.
“We’re trying to get as much background as possible on as many guys as possible. You never know when opportunity is going to come to get a player. It may be now in the draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. Read more »
Opinions on Johnny Manziel’s pro prospects are all over the map. And one analyst who apparently is not a big fan is Ron Jaworski. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
Mel Kiper, Jr. held his first conference call to discuss the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday. He touched on several topics that may be of interest to Eagles fans.
Let’s start with the quarterbacks:
Kiper thinks that there could be as many as six QBs taken in the first round (assuming the listed underclassmen come out). And they are: Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Marcus Mariota (Oregon), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Brett Hundley (UCLA), Derek Carr (Fresno State) and Zach Mettenberger (LSU). Read more »