According to a recent report by SI’s Peter King, Philadelphia Eagles coaches and officials, likely Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman, met with Texas A&M QB and 2014 draft prospect Johnny Manziel at the recent NFL combine.
What can we make of this? ESPN’s Phil Sheridan put it well in his recent column: “Drafting Manziel would unite the most compelling college coach of recent years with perhaps the most compelling college player in one of the most football-centric markets in the NFL.”
Last week, General Manager Howie Roseman went out of his way to anoint Nick Foles as the team’s starting quarterback in 2014, seeming to put to bed any suspicions we might have about the early rounds of the upcoming draft. But Chip Kelly did not rule out the possibility of selecting a quarterback in the first round, sticking with his “best player available” philosophy.
So what are the Eagles up to? Are they just covering every possible option, in case Manziel somehow falls to No. 22? Or would Kelly move up into the top 10 to take a quarterback who would seem to fit his system better than Nick Foles?
While some are of the belief that Manziel is destined for failure in the NFL, myself included, this storyline is certainly an intriguing one to keep an eye on as the draft approaches. While Nick Foles put together a legendary season in 2013, with 27 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, anything is fair game with Chip Kelly.