It has been revealed that Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles are discussing ways they can trade up to draft star quarterback Marcus Mariota when the event comes round.
Kelly was Mariota's first head coach in college with the Oregon Ducks and was the creater of the fast-paced, no huddle offense that Mariota executed with astounding precision, dismantling college defenses with ease.
The possibility of Mariota and Kelly linking up in the pros has long been talked about in the media, with near everyone reverting to child like states of how cool it would be to see. But because of Kelly's success with the Eagles it has become damn near impossible. At least that's what we thought.
NJ.com is reporting today that the Eagles are already committing to and planning moving up the draft board in order to get their man.
“From No. 20, it’s certainly not going to be easy,” an unnamed source told NJ.com. “It’s probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There’s going to be some wheeling and dealing involved. Can it happen? I don’t know. But they’re going to try.”
With so much time between now and the draft it is impossible to say what will happen. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could go all in on the reigning Heisman Winner and take him with the number one overall pick, in which case the Eagles have no chance.
But on the other hand, Mariota could go the way of Teddy Bridgewater and drop off the face of the Earth. The former Louisville play caller Bridgewater was tipped to be the first quarterback off the board in the 2014 Draft but ended up dropping all the way to the end of the 1st round after a poor pro day.
This will become more of a story the closer we get to draft day and if indications come out that the Bucs fancy Jameis Winston, Leonard Williams etc with the 1st pick instead. Then trades come into the equation and the Eagles could well be the side that makes the move up the draft board.
Reuniting Mariota and Kelly in the NFL would be incredible to watch and gives us all something to dream of for the next 100 days.