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Chip Kelly calls Eagles draft pick Zach Ertz a "mismatch nightmare"

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The Eagles used the 3rd overall pick in the second round to grab Stanford TE Zach Ertz, who according to Chip Kelly was the top guy on their board coming into day 2.

While many coaches and GM will say that about their pick, there may be a grain of truth as it relates to the Eagles. Some have questioned whether TE was really a need for this team and if they were running the Andy Reid offense I would agree. But they're not.

Chip Kelly has made it very clear through this pick and the signing of James Casey that he plans to feature the tight end in his NFL offense. So for Chip Kelly's Eagles... TE was a need and because of the how the offense values TEs they likely weighted that position a bit higher and Ertz was clearly the top guy left at the position.

Kelly called Ertz a "mismatch nightmare" and highlighted his versatility, which has also been a common theme of the Eagles acquisitions under Chip. Ertz played everywhere from TE on the line, slot WR and even split all the way wide. Chip admitted that he knows what a problem Ertz can be all too well as he caught the winning TD for Stanford against Kelly's Oregon Ducks last year.

For his part, Ertz says he's excited to join his college rival's team.

"I can't ask for a better situation. The Eagles are a perfect fit for me," he said.

Ertz started all 14 games for the Cardinals in 2012 leading the team in receptions, yards & TDs. He also earned first-team All-Pac 12 and All-American honors.