Report: Eagles Narrow List to Four Players to Select Fourth Overall
The last time the Philadelphia Eagles were drafting in the top five was 1999, Andy Reid was leading his first of many drafts as Eagles head coach.
Now Chip Kelly looks to do the same.
According to NFL.com's Albert Breer, the Eagles have shortened their list of fourth overall targets to four players: Oregon LB Dion Jordan, Utah DT Star Lotulelei and Oklahoma T Lane Johnson who Breer calls a 'very good fit' in Chip Kelly's up tempo offense for the Eagles at four.
The report did not mention the fourth player.
If the Eagles remain at fourth overall, there is a 'sense' that quarterback is not a possibility, according to Breer.
Breer furthered his report by saying there is a 'good bet' that all four are line of scrimmage players.
Breer then tweeted Tuesday night that barring a crazy offer, the Eagles wont want to move out of the fourth selection too far.
The NFL.com report comes hours after the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing NFL sources, reported the Eagles were 'looking for trade partners' to back out of the No. 4 spot if they don't like what players are left.
The league consensus has been that Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs will select Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel first overall, while Central Michigan's Eric Fisher will quickly follow.
The Eagles concentrated heavily on their defense during free agency bolstering each position to their new 3-4 base defense.
The Eagles (currently) own nine picks in this weekend's draft:
1st round: 4
2nd round: 35
3rd round: 67
4th round: 101
5th round: 136
7th round: 210, 212, 218, 239