The Philadelphia Eagles have continued to fill needs on both sides of the ball after selecting Louisville outside linebacker Marcus Smith, wide receivers Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews and Oregon’s Josh Huff, Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins and now Oregon defensive lineman Taylor Hart. Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly obviously has a familiarity with him, as he recruited him to play for the Ducks. He is a big body that does display some versatility, moving up and down the defensive line.
Coming in at 6’6″, 280 lbs., Hart profiles to be a run stopping end in Philadelphia’s 3-4 defensive front. He also has the ability to slide inside to defensive tackle or even nose tackle when Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis gets creative with his scheme. The Oregon product is an underrated athlete at his size with the ability to track down screen passes on the outside.
Hart comes in as a depth piece that will fit nicely into the Eagles current rotation. Kelly wanted to get bigger on both sides of the ball and Hart adds a large frame, with long arms to extend against blockers and bat down passes at the line of scrimmage. This is the second former player for Kelly that he has selected in the draft, utilizing his familiarity with prospects to understand their value in the draft.