Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said USC’s Matt Barkley was just too good to pass up in this year’s draft and that’s why they moved up two spots to select the quarterback with the 98th overall selection and the first pick of the fourth round. Roseman said the organization had Barkley as a Top 50 prospect and despite popular some speculation, the former Trojan will fit in nicely with Chip Kelly’ offense.
“That’s one of the misperceptions about coach (Kelly) is he needs these certain players to run his offense,” Roseman told Jim Rome on his radio program. “He’s personnel driven so he wants to take the best players that he can get and put them in good situations and adjust to them, as opposed them adjust to him.”
Roseman said that’s not the only incorrect belief about his new coach, who ran one of the most successful spread offenses in the country during his time at the Oregon. The general manager insists Kelly’s mind is usually locked in on the other side of the ball.
“He believes highly in defense. He believes highly in getting defensive players,” said Roseman. “In fact, sometimes you got to talk him out of taking the defensive player over the offensive player because he believes so strongly in it.”
As for the teams current starting quarterback Michael Vick, Roseman said the 33 year old is in a good spot in Philadelphia and insists you shouldn’t be fooled by his age.
“You look at the other quarterbacks in this league, that are around that age and are getting new contracts,” said Roseman. “He didn’t play for a couple years, so we think Michael’s got a lot more to show here in the NFL.”