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.
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.