Written by Bryan Perez on February 28, 2015
The rumors connecting Chip Kelly and the Eagles with a move into the top 10 to draft Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon) continue to circulate through the puffery phase of the NFL Draft season. A recent report from NJ.com suggests that there’s fire behind the smoke, with growing evidence that the ‘Birds will make an aggressive play to get Kelly’s guy.
DB’s Take: It’s hard to tell which rumors are ‘fact’ and which rumors are ‘fiction’ during this stretch of the NFL Draft season, but the obvious link between Kelly and Mariota, combined with the fact that the Eagles are without a true, franchise quarterback on their roster, tends to lend some credibility to the reports. It would be a match made in football heaven, as Mariota would walk into a system that he’s mastered; all he’d have to do is adjust to the speed of the NFL game. (read more…)