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Foles had hectic experience on draft day, eager to learn from Mike Vick

Gordon Bates / Arizona Daily Wildcat UofA loss to Stanford Saturday, September 17, 2011 at Arizona Stadium

With friends and family members by his side, Nick Foles sat in his living room in Austin, Texas, waiting to discover his NFL fate.

The draft was deep into the third round and six quarterbacks had already been selected, leaving Foles anxious to hear when his name would be called.

The Eagles, who were the only team to work Foles out before the draft, were five minutes from announcing their 88th overall selection, and Arizona’s all-time leading passer knew he could very well be their guy.

As stress levels increased and anticipation built, crisis struck.

All of the power in Foles’ house went out and he, his family and friends were left in the dark, clueless about the 6-foot-5, 243-pound quarterback’s destination.

“We had no idea what was going on,” Foles said. “It was crazy.”

Then Foles received a phone call from a number with a Pennsylvania area code, and the rest is history. The Eagles selected Foles with the 25th pick in the third round, giving him the chance to develop under head coach Andy Reid and heralded offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, play behind Michael Vick, and be a part of one of the most passionate sports communities in the country.

“Oh man, it’s a great feeling,” Foles said. “It’s a great organization. It was a team I liked a lot going through the draft process so I’m just blessed and ready to get to work.”

The Eagles flew Foles out to their facilities on Saturday until Sunday to meet with the media, his fellow draftees and the rest of the coaching staff, and to start diving in to the playbook.

Foles is currently in Austin, but he’ll head back to Philadelphia on May 11 for the start of mini-camp. He doesn’t know his exact role yet, but is driven to prove that the Eagles made the right pick and that there weren’t six quarterbacks in the draft better than him.

“That’s something I’ll remember forever,” Foles said. “I think six quarterbacks were drafted before me and that’s something that drives me even more to become the best player I can be.”

Foles will have all of the tools to do exactly that. Reid and Mornhingweg are notorious for developing quarterbacks, and Foles is chomping at the bit.

Then there are the offensive weapons he’s surrounded by that Foles described as “outstanding.” Wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are two of the more electric targets in the league, and running back LeSean McCoy is no slouch catching the ball out of the backfield.

“What better situation for a quarterback and having all those threats around him?” former Arizona defensive back Robert Golden said of Foles’ situation. “That’s a great fit for Nick. For him to go in there and sit behind Vick will be great.”

Former UA cornerback and seventh round selection to the Browns Trevin Wade agreed with Golden, saying, “It’s a really good fit,” while adding that Foles should get some reps due to Vick’s injury history.

Regardless of how many looks he gets in his rookie season, Foles, who met Vick briefly before the draft, understands the benefits of sitting behind No. 7.

“He seems like a really good dude,” Foles said of Vick. “He’s really laid back. He’s one of the greatest quarterbacks out there. It’s going to be an honor to learn from him.”

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