Taking A Look At Eagles Coach Chip Kelly’s First NFL Draft

By Joe Sageman – Eagles Gab

1st round: OT Lane Johnson – The Eagles solidified their offensive line by taking Lane Johnson, a supremely athletic tackle who can play on either the right or left side. He’s new to the position and is only scratching the surface of his potential, but is more than a project. He was one of the more impressive players at the Senior Bowl and should win the right tackle job. A starting offensive line of Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, and Lane Johnson is one Eagles fans should be excited about. They could be the key to success for Chip Kelly, who relies on the running game.

Grade: B+

2nd round: TE Zach Ertz – Chip Kelly loves athletic tight ends because they force defenses to choose whether to stay in their base defensive package or put an extra defensive back on the field. After Ertz carved up his Oregon Ducks last year, many insiders believed that Ertz was the top tight end on the Eagles’ board. The Eagles certainly have bigger needs than another skill position player, but Chip Kelly decided he had to have another weapon at his disposal. Ertz has a big frame, soft hands, and smoothness as a route runner. He can line up as an inline tight end or as a flex player in the slot or out wide. With Brent Celek and James Casey both locked up long-term, it’s hard to figure who the odd man out is. There are now too many mouths to feed at tight end, and Chip Kelly can’t justify paying all of them so highly or investing such high draft picks in the position.

Grade: C

3rd round: DE Bennie Logan – The Eagles needed defensive help in this draft, and although they waited until the third round to get it, Bennie Logan should contribute immediately. Entering draft weekend, the Eagles were paper thin along the defensive line, and Logan can earn a healthy snap count in his rookie season. He was a reason why the LSU defensive line was so dominant over the last few seasons because he plays the run very well. He fits nicely as a 3-4 defensive end because he likes to stack and shed blockers more than he looks to penetrate and get up the field. LSU recognized him as a high character individual by awarding him with their storied #18 jersey for the 2012 season.

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