Eagles coach Chip Kelly saw the athleticism that Tyler Ertz has first-hand, in a game that most likely cost Kelly’s former team, the University of Oregon, a chance at the national championship last season. Kelly said Ertz’s game-tying touchdown catch with 1:35 left in regulation, in a game Stanford won 17-14 in overtime, didn’t convince the Eagles to draft Ertz, a tight end, with their second-round pick, 35th overall, Friday. But it sure helped. That seemed like a theme during the second and third rounds of the draft Friday as the Eagles took players who played against Kelly’s Oregon team. They selected LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan with their third-round pick, 67th overall. LSU beat the Ducks 40-27 on Sept. 3, 2011. Oregon only lost three games total in those two seasons. Rounds 4 through 7 will be held today. The Eagles have a pick in the fourth and fifth rounds, none in the sixth and four picks in the seventh. “When you know them, I think it helps in certain situations in terms of who they are,” Kelly said. “I can give you a better understanding because we had a game plan against (them).” There was 1:35 left in the fourth quarter in that game against Oregon when Ertz outfought a defender for the ball, falling to the turf on top of the player in the end zone. At first, the pass was ruled incomplete, but was overturned after a video review. Kelly and Ertz talked about that catch at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. “He actually sent me a note thanking me for talking to him,” Kelly said. “And he put a ‘P.S.’ in there telling me that it was a catch.” Ertz said he remembered writing that note. “I think at the end of the day, I wanted to remind him what happened when we played against him and just to make sure I got the last laugh,” he said with a laugh. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and Kelly said the picks were made based on their draft board. The Eagles rated Ertz as a first-round pick and Logan as a second-round pick.
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