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Eagles notes: Chip Kelly visits Florida State, Nick Foles' arm strength, and Eagles draft efficiency

Chip Kelly is making the rounds at college pro days around the country, which he evidently seems to really enjoy. On Monday, Kelly visited Louisville to watch players like QB Teddy Bridgewater, S Calvin Pryor, and DE Marcus Smith work out. On Tuesday, he visited Florida State.

Eagles notes: Chip Kelly visits Florida State, Nick Foles' arm strength, and Eagles draft efficiency

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Chip Kelly is making the rounds at college pro days around the country, which he evidently seems to really enjoy. On Monday, Kelly visited Louisville to watch players like QB Teddy Bridgewater, S Calvin Pryor, and DE Marcus Smith work out. On Tuesday, he visited Florida State.

The player many will associate with Florida State in terms of the upcoming draft is WR Kelvin Benjamin. However, Florida State is absolutely loaded with great defensive prospects. DT Timmy Jernigan will almost certainly be a first round pick, LaMarcus Joyner is a short, but hard hitting playmaker at safety, and LB Christian Jones is a versatile player who can run, tackle, cover, and rush the passer. The Eagles paid some extra attention to Jones at the Senior Bowl. And then there's S Terrence Brooks and LB Telvin Smith, who could both be Day 2 picks. Just give me that entire Noles defense.

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A.J. Rodriguez of Bird Breakdown wrote a good post on Nick Foles' arm strength, which is a little misunderstood. There are some people who look at Foles' size at 6'6, 243, and assume he has a cannon. That is not the case. There are others who are used to watching Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb, who both had cannons, and they'll say that Foles has a rag arm. That is not the case either.

When you think of the QBs with the best arms in the game, you think Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Michael Vick, etc. For example, watch this throw by Stafford against the Cowboys last year in desperation time. Stafford rolls to his right, turns, and flicks a ball from the right hash to the opposite sideline 42 yards down the field in between the corner and the safety. The ball is only in the air for 1.9 seconds. This is incredible arm strength.

That is a throw that Nick Foles and 95% of the rest of the league's QBs simply cannot make. Foles has a good (not great) arm, who made more than his share of throws down the field last season, and the numbers support the case that he most certainly does not have a weak arm.

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Here's an interesting post on draft efficiency by the National Football Post. Apparently, the Eagles got 19.3 starts on average out of their draft picks over the last 10 years.

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We'll have more on the never-ending DeSean Jackson saga soon.

In case you missed it at the Red Zone...

• The Eagles are indeed listening to offers for DeSean Jackson.

• Darren Sproles only comes around once in a lifetime.

• Vegas says the Eagles are the 6th most likely team to win the Super Bowl.

• The Cowboys' offseason has been an embarrassment so far.

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