According to a report from NFL.com, the Philadelphia Eagles are one of seven lucky NFL teams to win a lottery for credentials to scout the College Football Playoff national championship game between the Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The game is set to take place on Monday, January 12 starting at 8:30 PM EST.
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, who used to coach at Oregon, is expected to be in attendance. Kelly not only has a connection with his former college team but he's also very good friends with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.
There will obviously be a number of players for Eagles scouts to keep their eyes on. For Philadelphia, no prospects are more intriguing than Heisman award winner Marcus Mariota. The Ducks quarterback is expected to be a top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, though some have suggested Mariota could fall within reach of the Eagles' selection.
Other Oregon prospects highlighted by NFL.com in this game include 6-8 defensive lineman Arik Armstead, offensive lineman Jake Fisher, center Hroniss Grasu, and linebacker Tony Washington. For Ohio State, defensive lineman Michael Bennett, offensive lineman Taylor Decker, tight end Jeff Heuerman, wide receive Devin Smith, and cornerback Doran Grant are names to keep an eye on.
Being able to attend this game is far from a major advantage but it's a nice little benefit for the Eagles as they prepare for the 2015 NFL Draft.