[caption id="attachment_26389" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Howard Smith / USA TODAY Sports[/caption] New Zealander Nic Purcell -- via an NCAA bureaucratic mess -- has been picked up as an undrafted free agent offensive tackle by the Philadelphia Eagles. Moving to the United States in 2011, Purcell had previously only played american football socially, as well as basketball and rugby in his his home town of Auckland. Purcell joined Golden West Community College and was recruited to the football team by one of the school's coaches. Initially a defensive end, Purcell's coaches saw the potential in him to play on the offensive line and convinced him to make the switch. It would be a great fit. After two years he gained interest from several FBS colleges (reportedly receiving 10 scholarship offers). This path to the top tier colleges may seem familiar to you, it's the same one Jesse Williams took before being recruited to Alabama and eventually drafted by the Seattle Seahawks. However after being informed that he was not eligible to transfer due to his playing limited football in New Zealand (appealing the NCAA decision twice, but failing) he went pro instead. Purcell was signed as a rookie free agent after taking part in the Eagles' rookie mini-camp as a tryout. It's no coincidence that he ended up with the Eagles. One of the NCAA head coaches who appealed Purcell's denied eligibility for big-time football was none other than the Oregon Ducks' Chip Kelly, now with Philadelphia. It was Kelly who invited him to their rookie camp in May. And it was there that the New Zealander earned his first NFL contract. He could be a good fit in Kelly's offence. He's got all the athletic ability required, but obviously is a little rough around the edges and needs to be coached up. He couldn't have come at a better time, with the recent news that Eagles star left tackle Jason Peters being charged with drag racing and resisting arrest in Louisiana. The 27-year-old, 6'6" 305 lbs. Kiwi has already overcome so much to make it to the NFL, including a change of position, battle with the bureaucratic monster that is the NCAA and an NFL tryout. It's hard not to feel good about his future.