No matter how many times Chip Kelly says mobility isn’t an essential trait for his quarterback, people seem to believe otherwise.

Several draft analysts expect the new Eagles head coach to come away with another quarterback from next week’s draft to compete with Michael Vick, Nick Foles and perhaps even Dennis Dixon for the starting job, someone who has the ability break down defenses with his legs as much as his arm.

Frequently, the Eagles are mentioned as frontrunners to land mobile, athletic West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the fourth overall pick.

On Monday, in a roundtable discussion with reporters, general manager Howie Roseman fielded several questions about Smith and quarterbacks with the alleged running acumen that Kelly supposedly requires.

Like Kelly has done since the day he was hired, Roseman downplayed the importance of a quarterback prospect’s 40-yard dash or track record of executing read-option schemes when doing draft evaluations.

“I think when you're looking at mobility, it's part of the equation,” Roseman said. “It's always been part of the equation here, but is that the first critical factor? There are things we look at before we get to that.”

But the Eagles have done plenty of homework since the Senior Bowl in January on quarterbacks known for having the skill set to execute read-option schemes or make plays with their feet that rival damage they can do through the air.

The Eagles worked out Smith in Morgantown, W. Va., last month, with owner Jeffrey Lurie in attendance, and again earlier this month, refueling speculation that the Eagles have genuine interest in drafting him or are attempting to drive up the trade market for the fourth pick.

They’ve also privately worked out Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel and Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, two prospects known for their dual-threat ability. The team recently brought in Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, who ran an offense in college that featured some read-option concepts.