NCAA conferences & programs Eagles are raiding most often at draft time

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Over the past decade, the Eagles have drafted most of their players from the Pac-12.

Philadelphia likes to look out west for a lot of its players. 17 of the 71 prospects that they selected over the past ten seasons have come from the Pac-12. Unsurprisingly, more than half of those selections (nin) were taken during the Chip Kelly era, which makes sense seeing as how his most successful seasons as a head coach came during his time on the left coast.

The three programs his regime and the Eagles have raided most often? Stanford… Oregon… USC…

Stanford: 4 players taken

No team in the Pac-12 has served as a better farm system for the Eagles than the Stanford Cardinal program. Philly’s most successful Stanford alum was 2013 second-round draft pick, Zach Ertz. He spent nine years in the City of Brotherly Love, collecting 6,267 receiving yards with 38 touchdowns.

Most recently, however, they have laid a couple of bricks with the selection of J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (2019) and Casey Toohill (2020). Safety Ed Reynolds was a fifth-round selection in 2014.

Oregon: 3 players taken

Chip Kelly’s regime selected two players from his old stomping grounds, the University of Oregon. Doug Pederson’s regime has added one of its own.

The most productive Ducks player in Philadelphia was their 2014 third-round draft pick, Josh Huff. 48 receptions, 482 yards receiving, and four touchdowns were the result of his three seasons in Philly.

Joe Walker (2016)  was the last player selected by the Eagles from Oregon. Let’s just say that didn’t work out too well, nor did the selection of Taylor Hart, a fifth-round selection in 2014.

USC: 3 players taken

Since 2013, the Eagles have drafted three players from the mighty USC Trojans. Two were taken during the Chip Kelly era.

Believe it or not, the most successful Trojan taken over that stretch was 2015 first-round pick, Nelson Agholor. Nelly racked up 2,515 receiving yards with 18 touchdowns in five seasons with Philly.

Despite the criticism, much of which was deserved, he was a valuable piece of the 2017 and 2018 Eagles seasons. He’s also the only former Trojan to win a Super Bowl with the team. Matt Barkley was a fourth-round choice in 2014.