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NFL Draft: Eagles coach Chip Kelly brings the Pac-12 to Philadelphia

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

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Eagles coach Chip Kelly is determined to bring the Pac-12 to Philadelphia. (USATSI)

Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly may not be coaching in the Pac-12 anymore, but he might feel like it once the Eagles draft picks show up for their first practice. Over the three-day NFL Draft, Philadelphia ended up using half of its eight selections on Pac-12 players.

"I think it kind of just happened," Kelly said. "There are a couple top leagues out there -- Pac-12, the SEC, the Big 10, the ACC -- but it wasn't by design that we were targeting one over another."

Kelly and the Eagles drafted a whopping 14 percent of all Pac-12 players taken -- four out of 28. However, Philadelphia's Pac-12 haul didn't include any former Oregon Ducks. It did however include former USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who had a career-day against Oregon last season. Barkley threw for 484 yards and five touchdowns against Kelly's Ducks in a 62-51 Oregon win over USC in November. Barkley threw a total of 12 touchdown passes in four career games against Kelly and Oregon.

Barkley's free fall to the fourth round was one of the biggest stories of the draft. The former Trojan quarterback could have fallen a few picks further if Kelly and Eagles had not traded up for him.

The Eagles also picked up Oregon-killer Zach Ertz. The Stanford tight end caught 11 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in 17-14 overtime win over Oregon in November. The loss to Stanford cost Kelly and the Ducks a shot at the national title.

Philadelphia also added a pair of Pac-12 players in the seventh round in Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer and Utah defensive end Joe Kruger.

Barring any trades or cuts, the Eagles will have at least 14 Pac-12 players on their roster when they begin OTA's on May 13.

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