NFC East Watch: Kelly Trying to Bring Mariota to Philly?

Chip Kelly recruited Marcus Mariota to Oregon and coached him for two years there

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If there’s any way the Philadelphia Eagles can trade up to land Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in this year’s draft, head coach Chip Kelly will pull the trigger, according to a report.

Barring the unforeseen, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner will be long gone by the time the Eagles pick at No. 20. For now, according to most experts, he’s being projected among the top two overall picks. But Kelly, who recruited Mariota to Oregon and served as the Ducks’ head coach for his first two seasons there, is already planning on trying to move up to land his former pupil, a source told this week.

From No. 20, it’s certainly not going to be easy,” the source said. “It's probably going to take moving up twice to do it. There's going to be some wheeling and dealing involved.”

After the Eagles rearranged their front office last week, Kelly has full authority to make whatever personnel moves he pleases, barring owner Jeffrey Lurie using his veto power.

“That makes it a little easier,” the source said of the Eagles’ shuffling of the front office. “There isn't anyone in (Kelly's) way."

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