Chip Kelly had this player rated No. 1 in last year's draft, and Kelly was spot on

Chip Kelly has looked like a crazy man this offseason. No one knows what exactly he is doing with his roster, but apparently he's going to have some master plan and make it all work out. But there's one thing that Kelly doesn't look crazy for. The Philadelphia Eagles head coach said he rated New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. the No. 1 player in the 2014 draft.

"I said it a year ago: I thought Odell Beckham was the best player in the draft. I was right. We didn't have a chance to get Odell Beckham, but a lot of it depends on where you're selecting," Kelly said, via

The Giants receiver won the Rookie of the Year award after an incredible season. He only played in 12 games, and he was one of the best receivers in the game. He had 91 receptions, 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns. Did I mention that he only played in 12 games?


Beckham Jr. was taken No. 12 overall, which was only 10 spots ahead of where the Eagles drafted. Kelly said he didn't move up to take the receiver because he doesn't believe in giving up that much to move up in the draft. It did seem that he was a little disappointed that he couldn't take him.

"I didn't have final say so, I mean, you always defer to who's in charge," Kelly said.


Last season, Howie Roseman had control over player personnel, but now Kelly has total control this year. Maybe he'll move up in the draft to select his former quarterback at Oregon: Marcus Mariota.