The Philadelphia Eagles started the third day of the NFL draft by trading up to select Matt Barkley as the first player in the fourth round.
Barkley was projected to be the fifth USC quarterback drafted in the first round, but every team passed on him multiple times in the first three rounds.
Coach Chip Kelly said Saturday Barkley will be in a "wide open" competition for the starting job.
"I'm an Eagle!! Time to fly baby," Barkley wrote on Twitter.
General manager Howie Roseman and the Eagles jumped ahead of former Philadelphia head coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs, who held the 99th overall pick, to get Barkley. The Chiefs selected inside linebacker Nico Johnson.
Barkley was a four-year starter at Southern Cal. He missed the final two games and postseason with a shoulder injury and was molded in a pro-style offense.
His short-to-intermediate accuracy, leadership and experience were noted as strengths. Doubts about his downfield arm strength, size and a sharp increase in interceptions as a senior contributed to his dive in the draft.
"We're not trying to knock over milk cartons at a country fair," Kelly said of Barkley's arm strength.
Barkley becomes the fifth quarterback on the Eagles' roster. Philadelphia's high-speed spread offense of Kelly isn't necessarily considered the idea fit for Barkley.
Michael Vick, 33, enters the season with 103 career starts and is projected as the starter ahead of Nick Foles. Dennis Dixon, who played for Kelly at Oregon, signed in March and G.J. Kinne is listed fourth on the Eagles' depth chart. Kelly said he talked to Foles not long after the Barkley pick was announced. Foles started six games last season as Vick's injury replacement.
Kelly is familiar with Barkley as a Pac-12 foe, and beat him three of their four meetings when Kelly was with the Ducks.