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Marcus Mariota met with Eagles at Oregon's pro day

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The pursuit continues?

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Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was not at Oregon's pro day on Thursday. Instead, the coach was busy meeting with DeMarco Murray in Philadelphia. While Kelly himself wasn't there, other Eagles scouting personnel did attend (as seen here). And it was their personnel people who represented one of three teams that personally met with Kelly's former quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The three teams, as Mariota indicated, included the Eagles, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans. One of those things is obviously not like the other; the Eagles have the No. 20 pick while the Buccaneers and Titans are picking No. 1 and No. 2 respectively.

Kelly recently said that the Eagles aren't going to mortgage draft picks and trade up for Mariota. The Eagles acquired Sam Bradford this week so the team has already addressed the quarterback position. But what if Mariota falls within striking distance of Philadelphia? While it seems like a long shot right now, some aren't ready to rule it out. Especially after the kind of performance Mariota had at his pro day. See the following:

It seems a little silly that teams would put so much into pro days. There's reason to believe it's happened before, however. Last year it was Teddy Bridgewater who struggled at his pro day. At the time, Mayock called Bridgewater's performance "average at best." That assessment doesn't seem too far off from what Mayock had to say about Mariota as well. There are no guarantees that Mariota drops like Bridgewater did. They are two very different prospects.

Perhaps it is worth considering that Kelly and the Eagles have a good sense that Mariota won't go as high as mock drafters expect him to be drafted. Perhaps Mariota falling within range of No. 20 is more possible than people think.

In the meantime, what is known is that the Eagles traded for Sam Bradford and it looks likely he will be the starter in 2015.