Saturday, April 27, 2013

Barkley: 'Eagles beat Chiefs to draft me'

Think Matt Barkley gets No. 7?
Quarterback Matt Barkley was told the Chiefs, with head coach Andy Reid, would trade up to the first pick of the third day of the draft to select him.

The Chiefs had the second pick in the fourth round.

But the Eagles got there first as they shipped the Jaguars a seventh-round pick and their own fourth-rounder, three spots below K.C.'s, to draft Barkley.

"I wasn't going to be on the board long today and the Chiefs were definitely looking to trade up," Barkley said. "But the Eagles beat them to it."

Eagles head coach Chip Kelly wasn't at Matt Barkley's pro day or But his workout with one of the organization's scouts.

Kelly is convinced Barkley's throwing shoulder - the sprain that sidelined him for the Trojans' bowl game - won't be an issue.

"He can deliver the ball," Kelly said. "We're not trying to knock over milk cartons at a county fair."

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