With the 218th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Eagles selected the steal of the 7th round for most NFL draftniks. Oregon State's Jordan Poyer is finally off the board and is now an Eagle. Poyer had a terrific Senior Bowl and is a serious playmaker. He likely slid due to character questions regarding a 2012 arrested for trying to enter a club he was banned from (kids and their crazy nightlife).
"Just an outstanding football player," said Chip Kelly. "He's a corner, he's also a nickel, he's also a very, very good returner. I thought we got some depth from a special teams standpoint. I think he had six picks this year as a nickel. He has a lot of experience playing inside and covering slot receivers. He's a tough, physical, hard-nosed player. He'll add some depth for us in the secondary"
At 6'0" and 191-pounds, Poyer is a big boy and looks the part of an NFL cornerback. Poyer intercepted seven passes last season, four in 2011, and two in 2010. This guy takes the ball from the other team. He was an AP All-American this past season.
Here is what CBS Sports had to say about Poyer:
With the tandem of Brandon Hardin (now competing to be the Chicago Bears' starting strong safety) and Poyer slated to be Oregon State's starters, the Beavers had hoped to feature the Pac-12's most talented cornerback duo in 2012.
In what turned out to be a harbinger of the Beavers' ill-fortuned season, however, Hardin broke his shoulder during camp last August and missed the entire campaign, thrusting Poyer into the spotlight. To Poyer's credit, he stepped up his level of play considerably, emerging in just his second season at cornerback (previously was a reserve safety) to earn Second Team Pac-12 honors with career-highs in tackles (57), passes broken up (12) and interceptions (four), including one the second interception of his career for a touchdown.
Half of Poyer's six career interceptions came against NFL-caliber quarterbacks, as he picked off Brock Osweiler twice last year and Matt Barkley in OSU's stunning 36-7 demolition of the Trojans in 2010. Not only did Poyer demonstrate the confidence and athleticism necessary to handle the one on one responsibilities expected of cornerbacks in OSU's blitz-heavy scheme, he continued in his role as the Beavers' primary returner, averaging a gaudy 14.1 yards per return on punts (including an 85-yard touchdown vs. UCLA) and carrying a 25.9 career average on kick returns.
Mike's Take: This is a big steal for the Eagles. Poyer is a personal favorite of Dan Klausner and mine and we are pretty ecstatic right now. This pick will go a huge way towards forcing turnovers. Poyer has a crazy ability to take the ball away and in some ways will remind you of Asante Samuel. To make things better, he is a ton tough than Asante because as a former safety is a very willing and able tackler and run support player. He was the 5th-ranked cornerback on my board and I was clamoring for him as he fell. Chip obviously knows Poyer rather well, having played him often in college and I think that was the difference when it came to taking him. I would not be surprised if Chip said Poyer was in the Top 80 on the Eagles board. Awesome, awesome value. Most TV and online pundits had him as an early 2nd round pick. NFL.com compares him to 49ers starting cornerback, Tarrell Brown.
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