We heard it yesterday from Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman. This draft doesn’t have the elite, “can’t miss” quarterbacks that were at the top of the draft a year ago. This year you can get the same player at 45 that you can get at 25 or 30.
Today Chip Kelly held a news conference and basically told us the same thing.
“I think the draft has depth,” Kelly said. “I don’t think, there’s not an Andrew Luck or an RG3, who you say, ‘That guy is going to be a 10-year All-Pro.’ …[Luck] was as close as there was to a can’t-miss guy. I don’t see that type of guy in this draft, at any position, to be honest with you. ”
That will probably be the most insight we get into how Kelly feels about West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith before the draft. Clearly he’s not rated as high as Luck or RG3 were a year ago, but that still doesn’t answer whether Kelly is willing to pull the trigger at number four for Smith or not.
Kelly has been labeled as very bright and he lived up to it. You can see he’s like a computer when it comes to digesting information and throwing it back at you. He talked briefly about quite a few top players in this year’s draft being late bloomers who haven’t been playing football or their position that long.
“If you look at the top five or six players in the draft, they weren’t the top high school players five years ago,” Kelly said. “Dion Jordan’s one of the top players out there, and we were smart enough at Oregon to recruit him as a WR. He’s going to play outside linebacker or defensive end in the NFL. Lane Johnson was a high school quarterback, and now he’s a top pick. The list goes on and on. Ziggy Ansah was playing basketball. He went to BYU to play basketball, and now he might be a top 10 pick. It varies. I don’t know. I think there are some quality players in this draft, and that’s our job in this draft. But I don’t think, by any stretch of the imagination, there’s slam dunks.”
It sounds like they’re on the same page over at the Nova Care Complex which could be a good thing if they’ve made the correct assessments of this year’s draft prospects.
“I met extensively with Howie and his group and our coaches, collaborated with the scouting department in terms of their opinions, and I think it’s a collaborative effort,” Kelly said. “So it’s not one side or another side. It’s all of us sitting down and putting our heads together and making the right decisions.”