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NFL Draft Results: Eagles pick Oregon Ducks linebacker Joe Walker at No. 251

Meet the No. 251 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Oregon LB Joe Walker, and now the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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With the No. 251 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select ... Oregon linebacker Joe Walker.

A Ducks player, huh? Are we sure Howie Roseman isn't just trying to mess with Chip Kelly here? In any case, Walker measures in at 6-2, 236 pounds. He played 40 games for Oregon over three seasons. He racked up 205 total tackles (16 for loss), five sacks, one interception, and one pass defensed.

Walker will compete for a depth job at linebacker. He'll likely need to stick out on special teams in order to make the final roster.

Here's a scouting report via

Strengths - Surprised some NFL scouts with solid workout at his pro day. Adequate play speed on tape. Uses hands well to punch and shift around blockers to stay clean. Square scraper with good lateral agility and quickness to flow to outside with run play. Plays under control. Productive tackler who rarely takes shortcuts and plays his role. Gets good depth in his drops has some cover ability in space.

Weaknesses - Undersized for the middle. Needs more play strength. Will struggle to take on blocks and maintain gap leverage in pros. Has issues getting over top of seal blocks. Lack of twitch limits reactive quickness against shifty runners. Doesn’t fired downhill with bad intentions often enough.

Bottom Line - Walker's pro day numbers forced some scouts to go back to the film on him. What scouts likely saw was a player with nickel linebacker ability who can play in space and who has the instincts and ability to make it into camp and fight for a spot at the back end of the roster or on the practice squad.


Eagles remaining draft picks

1st (2) - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3rd (79) - Isaac Seumalo, OL, Oregon State
5th (153) - Wendell Smallwood, RB, West Virginia
5th (164) - Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OL, TCU
6th (196) - Blake Countess, DB, Auburn
7th (233) - Jalen Mills, S, LSU
7th (240) - Alex McCalister, DE, Florida
7th  (251) - Joe Walker, LB, Oregon

2016 NFL Draft schedule

Saturday, April 30 - 12 PM EST (Rounds 4-6 - 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)

TV schedule: NFL Network and ESPN.

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