Despite making the 600-mile trek to and from Morgantown, and bringing owner Jeffrey Lurie along for the ride, Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman didn’t have much to say about their private workout of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
“Obviously, he’s an impressive guy,” Roseman said Wednesday, two days after the Eagles brass checked out the top-rated draft prospect.
Impressive enough to be a top ten pick?
“You’re going through the process, you’re trying to get as much information as possible,” said Roseman, who has the No. 4 overall pick. “I can’t comment on anybody else’s draft board and at this point I can’t comment on ours.”
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The Eagles currently have five quarterbacks on their roster – Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Dennis Dixon, Trent Edwards and G.J. Kinne – but none are considered Kelly’s likely quarterback of the future.
So naturally, there has been speculation that the Eagles will select a quarterback at some point in the draft, whether it’s Smith in the first round or someone like Matt Scott of Arizona, who the Birds worked out in Philadelphia this week, in one of the latter rounds.
“We’re going to look at anybody and everybody to see if we can win games,” Kelly said. “Does that mean we’re going to draft a quarterback in the draft? I don’t know.”
Smith is likely to be the first quarterback drafted, but there is some dispute among analysts over where he will be taken. Some believe he’s a top ten talent. Others think the 6-foot-2, 218-pounder is a late-round pick, although a quarterback-desperate team could take him much earlier.
The Eagles were probably doing their due diligence in traveling to Morgantown, but Lurie’s unusual presence suggested that the team is either very interested in Smith or were sending out a smokescreen.
“I don’t know that we want to get into specifics about who’s coming to the trips with us,” Roseman said when asked about Lurie tagging along. “We’re going to see a lot of people here in the next few weeks. We’re going to make sure that we get as much information as possible to make the No. 4 pick in the draft the right one for the Philadelphia Eagles.”