Smart, simple: the first pick of the Howie Roseman/Chip Kelly, an offensive tackle from Oklahoma named Lane Johnson, was just that.
Over the years, the Eagles have gotten into the most trouble when they have over-thought things, when they have outsmarted themselves. And make no mistake: there was plenty of opportunity here for the Eagles to outsmart themselves.
Given that tackles Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel went 1-2 in the draft, the squeeze was quickly put on teams that needed a tackle. Given that Miami traded up into the third spot to take Dion Jordan -- presumably because the Dolphins thought Kelly would take his old Oregon defensive end/linebacker -- there likely were several teams who might have been talked into making a deal with the Eagles to move into the No. 4 spot. Kelly said that no one inquired, but this was the last big-time tackle and there might have been possibilites.
But the Eagles did not trade. They did not finesse. They saw a guy they liked, they saw an athletic tackle, they needed an athletic tackle for this new offensive system, and they did not blink.