The Eagles concluded their second NFL Draft with Chip Kelly as the team's head coach on Saturday with a day for the defense. With four picks on the final day of the draft, Philadelphia focused on the defensive side of the ball with cornerback
"In our minds, I think there were more defensive players in it than offensive players. That's just how we saw it here in Philly," Kelly said. "I don't know how anybody else saw it, but that's how we saw it."
With a year's worth of experience, Kelly was able to approach the draft from a different perspective in 2014. Kelly was pleased with how the team's draft process was orchestrated.
"I think we've got a pretty good clean process in terms of how it works," Kelly said. "I think it's well thought out. It's very structured in terms of when we have to have X done, when we have to have Y done, how we continue to move in the right direction, and then so that when you get to the draft itself, and for some reason because they moved it, it seemed like the draft was forever just in terms of getting ready for it, but when it comes, then it's really a pretty orderly fashion.
“That's why I was kind of amazed that someone would actually want to write a movie about it, because it's not that dramatic to be honest with you; you know what I mean? You just look at a board and go, okay, what number are we, we pick, okay, that guy is the highest, let's pick him. It's not what I think some people think it is."
Even though the process went smoothly, Kelly can't predict how this draft class will pan out. As optimistic as everyone is right after the picks are made, the coaches need to get their hands on the players and indoctrinate them into the program.
"It's an inexact science, and if someone thinks they have a formula or a metric that can get you there, I haven't seen it yet," Kelly said, "but we feel comfortable with the direction we're going and the guys we've brought in here, but I'm not a prediction guy nor can I say because I don't know. I don't think anybody can."
The rookies arrive on Monday and will be integrated into the team's Offseason Conditioning Program. The Rookie Camp will take place next weekend.
"They'll have two good solid weeks under them before they ever face, where they have to actually be in a situation where they're going to make calls or get a play call and actually execute it," Kelly said. "Everything before then is on air."
Outside of the five picks on defense, the two selections slated for the offense were both used on the wide receiver position -
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Now that the NFL Draft is in the rearview mirror, Kelly can get back to coaching and now has the players who will largely comprise the 2014 Philadelphia Eagles roster.