NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles select Oregon WR Josh Huff in third round

NFL Draft: Philadelphia Eagles select Oregon WR Josh Huff in third round
May 9, 2014, 7:45 pm
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Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff said he looks forward to playing Texas, a program that told him he wasn't good enough coming out of high school in Houston.

(Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports)

Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly reached back into his past Friday and selected Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff in the third round of the NFL Draft.

Kelly, who just completed his first season with the Eagles, helped recruit Huff to the Ducks in 2010 and coached him for three seasons.

Now Huff joins the Eagles, in need of some wide receiver help after cutting lose Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson during the winter.

Huff, projected by many to go a round or two later, had a record-setting season at Oregon last year by catching 62 passes for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Huff will be competing with two other former Oregon wideouts in Philadelphia, Will Murphy and Jeff Maehl. Both entered the NFL as undrafted rookie free agents.

The Eagles projected starters at wide receiver are Jeremy Maclin, recovering from a knee injury, and Riley Cooper. Huff will likely be competing for the No. 3 receiver position with fellow rookie wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt. The Eagles selected Matthews in the second round.

The Eagles now have six former Ducks on their roster: Huff, Maehl, Murphy, linebackers Casey Matthews and Josh Kadu, and defensive tackle Brandon Bair. 

Huff was the first Oregon Ducks player selected in this year's draft, which began with the first round on Thursday.

Other Ducks selected to be drafted are defensive tackle Taylor Hart, receiver/running back De'Anthony Thomas, cornerback Terrance Mitchell and tight end Colt Lyerla.