Have you wondered if Chip Kelly will select a former player for the Philadelphia Eagles in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft? In light of a recent article I wrote about the possibility of the Eagles taking former Oregon players Dion Jordan and Kyle Long with their first two picks, it got me thinking of how often that has actually happened.
Will we see Jordan’s arm around Kelly in Philly? Photo courtesy of ctownrivals.com
Do college coaches over-value players from their former program? Do they prefer some familiarity with certain players because they know they’ll buy into their philosophy? Or, do they purposely try to avoid them so they aren’t criticized for being a “homer”, especially if the player fails?
Further yet, do they avoid their players because they have a hard time judging them with an unbiased eye?
Dion Jordan and Kyle Long appear to be excellent fits in Rounds 1 and 2 because they both fill big needs, are of good value at that slot in the draft and would seem to be perfect ...