By Mark Eckel | For NJ Advance Media
on January 05, 2015 at 5:45 AM, updated January 05, 2015 at 8:38 AM

There will be plenty of good choices for the Eagles in their search for a personnel man to work at the right hand of new football czar Chip Kelly.

Sunday, this space mentioned five of them and anyone of those five Marc Ross, Alonzo Highsmith, Todd Brunner, Brandon Hunt and Will McClay would be an excellent choice.

Which one would be the best choice?

Let's go over what the job will entail.

Kelly, still a newcomer to the NFL and its ways, needs an experienced personnel man, one who has been through it all, worked for a couple of teams, has run a scouting department, knows the ins and outs of the draft and most important of all has a keen eye for talent.

This offseason couldn't be more important for the Eagles' future. There are decisions to be made at every position on the team, with the exception of tight end, and the defensive line.

And none are going to be easy to make. Kelly needs a right-hand man with the knowledge and experience to guide him through whether or not to re-sign wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and at what cost. What to do with LeSean McCoy's $10 million contract? Do you keep Trent Cole? What about Todd Herremans? Who are the top free agents and which ones fit what you want to do? How do you fix the secondary?

And we haven't even gotten to the quarterback situation.

Ross, the Giants' No. 2 man to GM Jerry Reese, fits all the criteria. And it doesn't hurt that he's a Princeton graduate and a Philadelphia native.

Would Ross, the one-time Tigers' speedy wide receiver and a kid who grew up in Sharon Hill,Pa., come home? That's up to the Eagles to find out.

If he did, Kelly would have a guy who once was the Eagles director of college scouting after being a top area scout under both Ray Rhodes and Andy Reid.

It was Ross who Reid once trusted to oversee the selection of future Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon in 2000. Reid should have listened to him in 2003 when he suggested Reggie Wayne over Freddie Mitchell when the team needed a wide receiver.

And in 2002 with Ross now having Reid's ear, the team selected cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown, safety Mike Lewis and running back Brian Westbrook in the first three rounds of the draft. Three of the four went to the Pro Bowl and Brown should have.

In Buffalo, as the Bills' director of college scouting, he added some of the best players to the Bills' roster running back Marshawn Lynch, linebacker Paul Poluzsny, safety Donte Whitner and defensive tackle Kyle Williams.

If you want to know how involved he is with his current team, the Giants, go back and watch the NFL Network's "Finding Giants." Ross helped the team net tackle Justin Pugh, defensive linemen Jon Hankins and Damonte Moore, offensive lineman Weston Richburg, running back Andre Williams and oh yeah that Odell Beckham guy.

The guy can run a draft, which the Eagles need, and he's been involved in the game now for close to 20 years.

Knowledge, intelligence, experience, great talent evaluator. Maybe this choice isn't so tough after all.