Offensive tackle Dennis Kelly, who attended Purdue University, was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 5th round (the 153rd overall pick) of the 2012 draft. Kelly is huge (6-8, 321), with his size comparable to that of veteran OT King Dunlap.
Head coach Andy Reid said of Kelly’s size,
“When he walks in the room, he’s one of those where the light dims down a little bit because he’s a big human being”
Adding depth to the offensive line was of no doubt on the minds of the Eagles front office heading into the draft in the wake of LT Jason Peters’ Achilles injury. They added to the team’s 0-line with Kelly as well as OG Brandon Washington, who was drafted in the 6th round.
Kelly largely flew under the radar of draft experts, in large part due to the fact that he was not invited to the Combine. But the 4-year starter, who was also co-captain of the Boilermakers and named the team’s offensive MVP his junior year, worked out for the Eagles, and the team liked what he saw.