Which brings us to this year's draft. Trying to figure out what the Eagles are going to do with their six picks is such a wonderful crapshoot that Luminosity.com ought to think about adding it as a brain exercise.
Ranked according to Eagles needs, here are some of the top prospects coming out of Pac-12 schools:
Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: This is a good year for wide receivers, with at least five projected to go in the first round. At 5-10, 189, Cooks is the same height as DeSean Jackson, but about 15 pounds heavier. Cooks ran a 4.33 at the NFL Combine. Projected round: 1 (possibly there at No. 22).
Marqise Lee, USC: Lee was one of Matt Barkley's top targets at Southern Cal 2 years ago, but injuries slowed him in 2013. The Eagles have never drafted a wide receiver out of USC. Projected round: 1 (likely there at No. 22).
Anthony Barr, UCLA: He's an edge rusher, which the Eagles certainly need. Problem is, lots of teams are looking for this type of player . . . Was recruited as a running back . . . Listed at 6-5, 255. Projected round: 1 (very unlikely to be there at No. 22).
Trent Murphy, Stanford: Had a pair of sacks in 2012 when the Cardinal stymied Kelly's high-flying and No. 1-ranked Ducks to win 17-14 in overtime, something Kelly certainly
remembers . . . Led the nation with 15 sacks last year . . . The conundrum is whether he is strong enough to play the line or quick enough to keep up with receivers in a 3-4 defense. Projected round: 2.
Scott Crichton, Oregon State: A good pass-rusher, who probably won't be around when the Eagles pick in the second round at No. 54 overall . . . Set the school's career record with 10 forced fumbles . . . last name is pronounced CRY-ton. Projected round: 2.
Will Sutton, Arizona State: Was the Pac-12 defensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013, but he was much more productive as a junior which has caused his draft stock to split . . . His father, Mickey was an NFL d-back and punt returner from 1986-90 . . . Probably better for a 4-3 defense than the 3-4 the Eagles generally use. Projected round: 3-4.
Deone Bucannon, Washington State: Punishing hitter who still needs to improve in space . . . First name is pronounced Day-OHN) . . . His father was a Marine and his mother had a career in the Navy. Projected round: 1-2.
Ed Reynolds, Stanford: Had six interceptions and 301 return yards in 2012, coming within 1 yard of the NCAA single-season record. Three of his picks were returned for touchdowns . . . His father, Ed Reynolds, played for the Patriots in the 1985 Super Bowl. Projected round: 3.
Shayne Skov, Stanford: Had nine tackles vs. Oregon in 2010 and 10 in 2012. Did not play against Oregon in 2011 because of a knee injury . . . Had a monster senior season with 109 tackles as the Cardinal reached its second consecutive Rose Bowl. Projected round: 3.
Keith McGill, Utah: At 6-3, 211, McGill has good size, but durability issues. Played in just five games in 2011 and missed all of 2012 with a shoulder injury . . . Could be a third-round option for the Eagles if he's still around at No. 86. Projected round: 2.
Exactly 25 percent of the 40 players who joined the Eagles since Chip Kelly arrived here played their college ball in the Pac-12. Four of those players are from Oregon, where Kelly was a coach for six seasons. Here’s a look at the newest players and where they played collegiately:
Pac-12 (10 players, 25 percent)
* Arizona State: Keelan Johnson
* Oregon: Brandon Bair, Josh Kaddu, Jeff Maehl, Will Murphy
* Southern Cal: Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez
* Stanford: Zach Ertz
* Utah: Joe Kruger
* Washington State: Travis Long
Big Ten (7 players, 17.5 pct.)
* Illinois: Arrelious Benn,
* Iowa: Brandon Fletcher, Matt Tobin
* Maryland: Nolan Carroll
* Michigan: David Molk
* Ohio State: Malcolm Jenkins
* Wisconsin: Chris Maragos
Big 12 (7 players, 17.5 pct.)
* Iowa State: Jake Knott
* Kansas State: Darren Sproles
* Oklahoma: Lane Johnson
* Texas: Emmanuel Acho
* TCU: Jason Phillips, Matthew Tucker
* West Virginia: Najee Goode
ACC (4 players, 10 pct.)
* Boston College: Ifeanyi Momah
* Georgia Tech: Andrew Gardner
* N.C. State: Earl Wolff
* Virginia Tech: Roc Carmichael
SEC (4 players, 10 pct.)
* Alabama: Damion Square,
* LSU: Donnie Jones, Bennie Logan
* Missouri: Brad Smith
Conference USA (3 players, 7.5 pct.)
* Cincinnati: Connor Barwin
* Rice: James Casey
* Tulsa: G.J. Kinne
Division II (3 players, 7.5 pct.)
* Missouri Southern: Allen Barbre
* Washburn: Cary Williams
* West Texas A&M: Bryan Braman<
Independent (1 player, 2.5 pct.)
* Army: Alejandro Villanueva
Division I-AA (1 player, 2.5 pct.)
* Stony Brook: Michael Bamiro
Note: Schools are listed with their current conference affiliation.
Chip's first draft
Four of the eight players the Eagles selected in Chip Kelly’s initial draft last year played for Pac-12 schools.
Round - Player, school - League
1. Lane Johnson, Oklahoma - Big 12
2. Zach Ertz, Stanford - Pac-12
3. Bennie Logan, LSU - SEC
4. Matt Barkley, USC Pac-12
5. Earl Wolff, N.C. State - ACC
7. Joe Kruger, Utah - Pac-12
7. Jordan Poyer, Oregon St. - Pac-12
7. David King, Oklahoma - Big 12
Note: Poyer and King are no longer with the Eagles
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