Chip Kelly still loves the PAC-12

Just because Chip Kelly left the PAC-12, it does not mean he forgot about it.  With the 2013 NFL draft winding down, the Philadelphia Eagles selected four PAC-12 players out of eight picks.  Sure, Chip is not the general manager but he surely had some say in the picks as he starts to shape and mold his team.

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Even though Chip Kelly moved on to the NFL, he has not forgotten about the PAC-12

Unfortunately, Coach Kelly did not select a former Duck; some of his picks might even make some Oregon fans upset.  Stanford tight end, Zach Ertz, was selected in the second round 35th overall;  Ertz made a controversial and game-winning catch late in the game to seal a victory over the Ducks and Chip Kelly last year.   Other picks which might make Oregon fans cringe are quarterback Matt Berkeley from USC and Jordan Poyer, a cornerback from hated rival Oregon State.  Utah’s defensive end Joe Kruger rounds out the list of PAC-12 players chosen by Kelly.

Chip’s 6 year stint in the PAC-12 with the Ducks allowed him to see and analyze many players over the years.  It is no surprise that there is such a big imprint of PAC-12 players in the Philadelphia Eagles draft with Chip’s extensive knowledge of his former conference.  Even though these players might not be the most loved by us Duck fans, it would be exciting to see Chip succeed with so many former PAC-12 players on his roster.

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock

  • hoboduck

    CK/Eagles made excellent picks and should make a difference. I am not sure if MB was the best choice at QB if CK plans on running much zone read. I just don’t know if MB has the wheels.
    Go Ducks WTD

  • hokieduck

    Just the opposite, I am proud that a great TE like Ertz was brought into the “fold” of Chipdom. Same with Barkley and especially Poyer, the Beavs are simply not “hated” by most Duck fans… and he is a playa!

    It was pretty obvious from things Chip said during the draft that he has found his niche; he loves the NFL.

    First, his changes have been met with enthusiasm by the veteran players and the organization was desperate for positive change. Second, he was stoked during the draft to be able to evaluate talent, make a weighted list and get a roster rather than “handhold” teenagers for months.

    I know that my flagging interest in the NFL over the past years has been rejuvenated by his presence there.

    • hokieduck

      Also, I think those 4 from the Pac12 were *ecstatic* to be in the flock.

  • shocked and awed

    Who is Matt Berkeley???