We were all thinking it. Chip Kelly finally said it.
Chip Kelly’s response was priceless today when asked why he thinks the NFL Draft is so overrated. pic.twitter.com/8CAD86z5mp
— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) July 28, 2014
When asked about the hype about the NFL Combine, he admitted the combine had the effect History lectures might have on most football fans.
“There’s times at the Combine where I fall asleep,” he said, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post.
Kelly was dumbfounded that people would choose to watch the NFL Combine on television. And while one might expect these comments out of a seasoned professional coach, Kelly is entering his second year as an NFL coach, and thus has only dealt with the Draft and Combine proceedings twice. He attempted to put the inescapable drone of draft hype in terms that sports writers could understand.
“You guys are in the newspaper business,” Kelly said, via the team’s website. “If someone is a rookie coming into the newspaper thing, I don’t think you all just start applauding and saying, ‘Oh my god, the savior is here and our paper is safe because we just signed a kid out of Northwestern because the kid has really good prose.’”
Admittedly, a pick like Andrew Luck did save the impending doom of the Indianapolis Colts, but his combine performance didn’t provide any new insight about him. The Eagles 2013 selections, however, did not have a huge impact on the field last season with the exception of Lane Johnson who played all 16 games. As the Eagles had a successful season last year, the 2014 rookie class can’t exactly perform a single handed turnaround.