Chip Kelly: Draft is an inexact science

May, 16, 2014
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Eagles selected seven players in the NFL draft.

It began at No. 26 in the first round with Louisville linebacker Marcus Smith and ended in the seventh round with Wisconsin nose tackle Beau Allen. In between, the Eagles nabbed wide receivers Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) and Josh Huff (Oregon), Florida cornerback-safety Jaylen Watkins, Oregon defensive end Taylor Hart and Stanford safety Ed Reynolds.

Was it an overall success?

“They do it in college after signing day. We had a great signing day,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said of the perception following signing day or the draft. “Everybody after the draft, 'we got everybody we wanted, we had a great draft.' No one knows. Three, four years down the road, we're going to be, 'hey, that guy turned out to be a good player,' there's going to be somebody that surprises everybody, us included, that we're like, 'I didn't know that guy was going to be that good.'

“It's an inexact science, and if someone thinks they have a formula or a metric that can get you there, I haven't seen it yet, but we feel comfortable with the direction we're going and the guys we've brought in here, but I'm not a prediction guy nor can I say, because I don't know. I don't think anybody can.”

Since Kelly took over before last season, the roster has been molded to fit his scheme and philosophy.

This latest draft is more proof of that fact. But the roster is not complete.

“I don't think we'll ever be there,” Kelly said. “That's the way I think. We're always trying to get better every single day. That's the constant strive that we're all looking for, so I don't think there's ever going to be a day when you just kind of wake up, 'we've arrived, we've got it.' I think if that day comes, you're going to get run over. It's not like that. I think we're always trying to tweak it and we're always trying to look for a way to do it, and obviously the commodity is as you add people and what type of people are you adding and what type of skills do they have in terms of being able to execute what you want to execute."

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