Chip Kelly brings long snapper in for Philadelphia Eagles draft visit

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The Philadelphia Eagles are almost certainly the NFL team that has undergone the most change in the off-season. 

Chip Kelly certainly has his own way of doing things and now that the head coach has finally gotten control of player personnel moves, the Eagles turnaround has been immense with a whole host of his former Oregon charges coming in with the likes of LeSean McCoy and Trent Cole going out.

But despite the trade of McCoy dominating headlines, it still doesn't even come close to what Kelly has decided to do today.

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Long Snapper

According to a report from the Baltimore Sun, the Philadelphia Eagles have made the odd decision of inviting long snapper Joe Cardona in for a workout ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Long snappers never, ever, ever have a draft pick used on them. Some teams don't like to spend picks on kickers and punters, never mind the player that is throwing the ball to them. And then you add in the fact that Cardona played at Navy who haven't had one of their players drafted in 20 years, and you can see why it seems a weird move.

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Impressive Combine

Cardona may be a long snapper but the youngster has the build of a linebacker, the position that he played in high school, coming in at 6-foot-3 and weighing 236 pounds of what looks like pure muscle. Cardona certainly looks like a special teams player that would not shirk his duties in the tackle.

Cardona was the only long snapper at the Combine and he obviously performed well enough there to draw the eye of the Eagles, thanks to his 30 reps on the 225-pound bench press, a 33-inch vertical and recording an impressive 4.91-second 40-yard dash.

According to the Sun, Cardona has a pending service commitment. He is required to serve five years in the Navy as an officer and will be commissioned in May. They have made exceptions in the past and it seems that would be done again for Cardona.

Chip Kelly is a maverick of an NFL coach and if he wants to spend a draft pick on a long snapper then so be it. Special teams stars can be very important pieces and it looks like Kelly sees exactly that in Cardona.

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