With just over one week until the NFL draft, mock drafts are everywhere. Some experts guarantee the Philadelphia Eagles will select Geno Smith to run their offense, others say E.J. Manuel is a better fit and others think Chip Kelly will roll the dice with Michael Vick and Nick Foles.
Kelly’s first draft will be instrumental in setting the tone for his coaching career. If he selects a quarterback in the first round, his tenure in Philly will live or die with that signal-caller’s performance. And if he doesn’t select a quarterback in 2013, he’s going to have to coax a good season out of 33-year-old Vick or the slow-footed Foles.
There’s always a chance Kelly could trade down to acquire more draft picks. Then again, he may even trade up to be in prime position to snag his player. No one really knows what to expect from the Eagles’ rookie coach, but his first draft will be fun to watch.