Chip Kelly has gifted us with a ton of quotable phrases since his arrival in Philadelphia. One of the more enduring ones was, "big people beat up little people." We've discussed at length how the 2014 draft class backs up this mentality, so in this post we'll dissect the first round to see if there are any other prospect attributes that Chip looks for which he may have left unsaid. Why only the first round? Because that was where Chip and Howie had to be the most strategic with their draft board; the trade wasn't simply about going up to get a player or acquiring more draft picks. There was actually quite a bit of intrigue and competition that led to the Eagles trading with Cleveland. So it is natural to infer that their pick at twenty-six was their most calculated decision.
To get started, here's a description of an NFL player:
- He was chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles
- He has extremely high measurables
- He is extremely athletic
- He switched positions in college and is relatively new to the one he was drafted for
- He is considered to possess "a lot of upside"
- He previously played quarterback