May 01, 2015
Chip Kelly loves himself some Oregon players. There are currently nine of them on the roster, and Kelly tried to trade up to draft a tenth last night. This is not breaking news -- Eagles fans have had Chip's #DuckBias beaten into their heads by us media folk for the last two years. However, Chip's #Pac12Bias is right up there with his #DuckBias.
When the Eagles made USC WR Nelson Agholor their first round pick last night, they selected their eighth Pac-12 player in just 16 picks since Chip Kelly took over as the Eagles' head coach. That is the most in the league during that span by a comfortable margin:
|Team||Total picks||Pac-12 draft picks||Percentage|
The total tally: Two Ducks, two Trojans, two whatever the hell the plural version of Stanford's mascot is, a Beaver, and a Ute.
|Jordan Poyer||CB||Oregon State||2013||7||218|
Interestingly, the offensive players from non-Oregon Pac-12 schools put up some impressive statistical performances against Kelly at Oregon:
• Nelson Agholor vs Oregon, 2012: 6 catches, 162 yards, 1 TD
• Zach Ertz vs Oregon, 2012: 11 catches, 106 yards, 1 TD
• Matt Barkley vs Oregon, 2012: 35 of 54, 484 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT
• Matt Barkley vs Oregon, 2011: 26 of 34, 323 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT
Familiarity is great, as long as the players Kelly selects are good. So far, it's a mixed bag, and that's being generous. Ertz looks like a quality player, and many are expecting Huff to make a leap in 2015. However, Kruger, Hart, Reynolds, Poyer and Barkley have appeared in a combined seven career games for the Eagles, although to be fair, they were all drafted in the fourth round or later.
To be determined what becomes of Agholor.
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