PHILADELPHIA - Eagles coach Chip Kelly drafted an old rival Friday.
Kelly used his second-round draft pick to select Stanford University tight end Zach Ertz.
The 6-foot-5, 249-pound Ertz almost single-handedly beat Kelly's Oregon team last season, catching 11 passes for 106 yards and scoring the game-tying touchdown in a 17-14 overtime upset over the then-No. 1 Ducks.
"Unfortunately, I know Zach personally," Kelly said Friday with a laugh at the NovaCare Complex. "Because of his size and athleticism, he's a mismatch for anybody. We had him rated as a first-round player, and we were absolutely going to take him if he was there for us in the second round."
Kelly drafted another former opponent in the third round, using the No. 65 overall pick to take Louisiana State defensive tackle Bennie Logan.
Logan's LSU Tigers played against Oregon in the 2011 season-opener. The 6-foot-2, 309-pounder made four tackles and broke up a pass in LSU's 40-27 victory.
"One thing you know about the Southeastern Conference is they have great defensive linemen," Kelly said. "I saw Bennie two years ago and he's a versatile player who I think is going to be a good fit for our defense."
Landing Ertz in the second round was considered a major coup for the Eagles. He was considered the second-best tight end in the draft behind Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, who went to Cincinnati during Thursday's first round.
When the second round began Friday, most NFL experts and Ertz himself thought he would be playing for San Francisco. The 49ers, whose coach, Jim Harbaugh, recruited Ertz to Stanford, were expected to grab him one pick before the Eagles at No. 34. But when the Niners traded the pick to Tennessee, the Eagles got their player at No. 35 overall.
"I thought I'd be going to the 49ers, but at the end of the day, everything happens for a reason," Ertz said Friday in a phone interview. "I was thrilled to see that Pennsylvania number pop up on my phone today and hear Coach Kelly on the other end. I wanted to go to a team that could use me and a team that I could help win a championship. The Eagles are the perfect spot for me."
Tight end figures to be one of the Eagles' deepest and best positions this season. James Casey, who was signed last month as a free agent, will be used at both tight end and H-back. Brent JamCelek was the Eagles' second-leading receiver last season with 57 catches for 684 yards and one TD. Harbor had 25 catches for 186 yards and two TDs before suffering a back injury late in the season.
Ertz could gives the Eagles a big, strong downfield threat similar to New England tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
"I know Coach Kelly is a great offensive mind," Ertz said. "I'm sure he'll find a way to utilize me and the other tight ends. I think I'm a complete tight end and I'm looking forward to showing what I can do at the next level."
Kelly said he is already envisioning scenarios in which Ertz, Casey and either Celek or Harbor are on the field at the same time.
Multiple tight-end formations will be a part of the fast-paced, read-option offense he's installing.
"Without a fullback, we can play two or three tight ends at a time," Kelly said. "That's going to create a lot of mismatches for our offense. If (the opposing defense) uses three linebackers, we'll throw passes. If they use three defensive backs, we'll smash them. Pick your poison."
Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis also will have plenty of depth on his line with the addition of Logan.
Although primarily known as a run-stopper, Logan also has the potential to provide inside pressure on quarterbacks. And he is versatile. The Eagles envision him teaming with Isaac Sopoaga and Antonio Dixon at nose tackle, but Logan may also get some reps at defensive end in a 3-4 front with Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton.
"I prefer to play inside, but wherever they want me to contribute, that's what I'll do," Logan said Friday in a phone interview. "I was hoping to get drafted in the second round, but all that went out the door once the Eagles drafted me. I'm very excited."
Extra points: Ertz's father, Douglas, played for Lehigh University in the 1980s. ... During his introductory news conference Friday, first-round draft pick Lane Johnson spoke about wrestling black bears on his uncle's farm in Texas but recanted the story a few minutes later. ... The draft concludes today with rounds four through seven, starting at noon. The Eagles have six picks remaining, including four in the seventh round.
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