“Here’s looking at you, Marcus.”
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly is reportedly interested in doing whatever it takes to move up in the 2015 NFL draft and select his former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota.
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The Eagles head coach, who recruited and started the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner as the head coach at the University of Oregon from 2011 to 2012, has openly stated as recently as mid-December his strong interest in bringing Mariota to the Eagles to run his offense – a high-octane system which QBs Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez have struggled to bring to the next level.
But with the 20th pick in the 2015 NFL draft the Eagles would likely need to move up a large number of spaces in order to land him. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and St. Louis Rams all have glaring needs at the QB position and pick with the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 10th spots in the draft respectively.
“From No. 20, it’s certainly not going to be easy,” according to unnamed source in a recently published piece by NJ.com. “It’s probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There’s going to be some wheeling and dealing involved. Can it happen? I don’t know. But they’re going to try.”
Recent trades into the top six of the NFL draft have resulted in some pretty serious hauls from a trade perspective:
The Buffalo Bills gave up their 2015 1st-round pick to move up five spaces and draft WR Sammy Watkins in 2014.
The Atlanta Falcons traded five draft picks, including two first round draft picks to move up twenty-one places in 2011 to draft WR Julio Jones.
Most famously though, Washington gave the St. Louis Rams 3 1st-round draft picks to move up from No. 6 to No. 2 to draft 2011 Heisman Trophy winner QB Robert Griffin III.