Former Oregon coach thinks Chip Kelly still wants Mariota

Will Chip Kelly draft his former Oregon Ducks star quarterback? The discussion about Marcus Mariota to the Philadelphia Eagles seems to have died down in recent downs, but now the chatter is resurfacing thanks to a former Chip Kelly assistant.

Former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, who worked with Chip Kelly for six years, said that he believes Kelly will still try to land Mariota.

Aliotti made the comments during an interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

“If there’s a way that he can get Marcus Mariota without selling the farm, I think he’s still trying to do that,” Aliotti said, via Pro Football Talk.

“I know Chip and I have a lot of respect for Chip. He has a plan. I’ve had no conversations with Chip so I’m not putting words in his mouth, but I really think that if he can get Marcus Mariota he’s able to do exactly what he wants to do with his offense there in Philly.”

It certainly will be interesting to see how everything plays out on draft day.

Day 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft will take place on Thursday night at Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

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