In 2005, the Eagles found gold in selecting University of Cincinnati DE Trent Cole in the 5th round. Two years later, they found another gem from Cincinnati in the 5th round in Brent Celek. They go back to the Cincinnati well again this year, as they continue to build depth along the offensive line in Cincinnati C/G Jason Kelce.
Kelce was a walk on at Cincy, originally as a linebacker. When Brian Kelly arrived as the Bearcats' new coach, he installed the spread offense, and wanted quicker offensive linemen. The coaching staff saw Kelce as a kid that needed a scholarship and moved him to the offensive line after his true freshman year. The move paid off greatly as Kelce became a starter at LG his sophomore year, and he would remain there until his senior season, when he moved to C. Kelce remarked at the NFL Combine that he was only 215 pounds when he arrived at Cincinnati. He now lists at 6'3, 280, and the Eagles may want him to bulk up a little.
He's drawing comparisons to former Broncos center Tom Nalen, for his impressive footwork, agility, and mean streak. This pick has Howard Mudd written all over it. There should be some great competition along the OL in training camp this year.