The Philadelphia Eagles drafted USC QB Matt Barkley with the first pick in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Apparently they feared that the Chiefs may take him so they worked out a deal with the Jaguars to move up to the first pick (only gave up a seventh-rounder).
And we thought we knew Chip Kelly, huh?
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I figured that the Eagles might take a quarterback in Round 4 as I had them selecting the raw, but athletic Matt Scott in my mock draft. However, Kelly surprised everyone by going with a slow-footed pocket passer in Barkley.
One thing is for sure, we can now seriously believe that Kelly doesn’t necessarily prefer a running QB and that he will adapt his offense around his players.
To his credit, Kelly has maintained since Day 1 that he doesn’t want a “running back who can throw the ball”, but rather, “a quarterback who has the ability to run.”
We’ve always took that as a nice way to say he wants a QB who can both run and pass, but the...