PHILADELPHIA, PA (The Spread) - The first juicy NFL draft rumor blossomed on Tuesday and it's not hard to connect the potential dots.
A source tells NJ.com that the Eagles will attempt to move up in April's NFL draft in order to select Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Coach Chip Kelly coached Mariota when the two were together in Eugene and Mariota would be a perfect fit to run Kelly's up-tempo offense.
Nick Foles was the starter in Philadelphia before an injury caused him to miss time down the stretch, paving the way for Mark Sanchez to play in nine games. But Sanchez will be a free agent this offseason and Foles struggled before he was injured, thus Kelly might be searching for a new QB in the draft.
In order to make a move, Philly would have to part with multiple draft selections (future and or current) in order to climb up the board, possibly even to No. 1. The Buccaneers currently own the first pick in the draft and also need a quarterback, so it's unclear if Tampa Bay would even want to part with the selection.
There will be plenty of rumors to surface over these next few months. This one makes a lot of sense but whether or not Kelly would want to part with high picks in order to land his former QB is the question.