Friday, March 21, 2014
Do Chip Kelly's college ties help in draft?
By Todd Archer
When Jimmy Johnson turned around the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1990s, one of his advantages was knowing the college players entering the NFL draft so well from having recruited the best of the best while at the University of Miami.
Last year, the Eagles drafted Zach Ertz (Stanford), Matt Barkley (Southern Cal) and Bennie Logan (LSU) who competed against Kelly's Ducks. He had a feel for the Pac-12 players better than a one-time opponent in Logan, but seeing somebody up close and personal is always a good thing.
And Kelly's relationships with college coaches should help too, just as Johnson's relationships with college coaches helped him.