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Eagles coach Chip Kelly: "Odell Beckham Jr. was best player in 2014 Draft"

The draft isn't just about identifying the top talent in the class.

Such was the case a year ago when Odell Beckham Jr. came out of LSU. The debate heading in was whether he, Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans would be the first wide receiver off the board.

Either way, they wouldn't fall to Chip Kelly's Eagles at No. 22. And the head coach knew it.

He also predicted that Beckham would be the best player, regardless of position.

"I said it a year ago. I thought Odell Beckham was the best player in the draft," Kelly said at the NFC coaches breakfast during the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. "I was right. We didn't have a chance of getting Odell Beckham. A lot of it depends on where you're selecting."

Beckham went on to be drafted by the New York Giants at No. 12 -- the third wide receiver taken -- and the rest is history as he went on to claim AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Meanwhile, the Eagles traded down to No. 26 and selected linebacker Marcus Smith.  

The Giants hold the ninth overall pick in this year's draft while the Eagles own No. 20 in the first round, which begins April 30 in Chicago.

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