I keep reading posts where people keep repeating that you don't invest a high pick in a NT. Just draft a huge guy in the mid rounds to absorb double teams and clog lanes. While I'm not sure that I agree with that viewpoint in the first place, I'm certain that we will have to rethink the NT position opposite a Chip Kelly offense and through the lens of a Bill Davis Defense.
For good or ill, we should expect the offense to move at a much faster pace under Chip Kelly. All of our defensive players will see a lot more time on the field and a lot less time regrouping on the bench. Most defensive players wont have the conditioning to keep that pace, much less an out of shape behemoth. Compound that with Bill Davis valuing unpredictable alignments where the NT could line up over the center, or shade off the center, or switch to a traditional DT role at the drop of a hat; and you see the value of securing an elite athlete at the NT position.
This draft has a few prospects that fit that mold albeit on three different tiers: Tier 1 - Star Lutolelei, Tier 2 - John Hankins, and Tier 3 - Jesse Williams. Star is a far better prospect than Williams, but all three have the combination of athleticism, size, strength and versatility I think we will need from a NT under the Eagles scheme. Kwame Geathers could be a 4th name. And I expect these NTs will come off the board in that order.
The advantage of having personnel on the field who can play multiple alignments is the key factor here. With this rare athletic NT, we can more effectively disguise our defense and force opposing offenses to work that much harder.
The only FAs that has any semblance of that skill set is Randy Starks (MIA) and possibly (if you squint just right) Terrance Knighton.
So it is looking like a key position that we need to address with a very small pool to draw from. Which is why I think it will be very unlikely that we pass on Star, if he is available at 4.