Coming into the Philadelphia Eagles organization last season, head coach Chip Kelly was known both for his dynamic offensive play-style and his implementation of modern training techniques. But according to Eagles general manger Howie Roseman, Kelly might want to add yet another title to that list: Draft Savant.
I can walk into his office and mention a player I watched and he’ll know the background, he’ll know where he went to high school, he’ll have recruiting stories about some of these guys. He knows some of these guys even better than some of us do as scouts because he spent time with them already. Some of these guys we haven’t spent time with. I felt that last year when we were going through the process. I think he’s incredibly smart and detail-oriented. So when he dives into the draft process and we give him the guys that we’ve narrowed it down to, it’s very quick for him to have an opinion and formulate an opinion because he puts in the time to do the work.
In his first year as head coach, Kelly put together a great 10-6 season for the Eagles. They won the NFC East and made the playoffs despite posting a disappointing 4-12 record in 2012.
Now it appears the Eagles are headed in the right direction and that has a lot to do with the Kelly and his picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. Four out of their top five picks in that draft play significant roles on the team last season. Right tackle Lane Johnson, tight end Zach Ertz, defensive tackle Bennie Logan, and safety Earl Wolff all contributed to the Eagles success in 2013.
Let’s hope Kelly can use his draft “savant-ness” again this offseason in order to repeat last year’s success.