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Nate Gerry was PFF’s second best college safety, but now he’s playing linebacker

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NCAA Football: Oregon at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles made an unconventional pick in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft when they selected Nebraska safety Nathan Gerry and instantly announced their plans to convert him to linebacker. Take a look at some more analysis of the pick.

In terms of production grades at the safety position in 2016, LSU’s Jamal Adams was PFF’s top safety. It may surprise that second on that list was the unheralded Nebraska safety, Nathan Gerry, who collected four interceptions and six more pass breakups. What’s even more impressive, though, is that he allowed only one completion of 20-plus yards into his coverage all season long. That reliability on the back end has considerable value in the NFL.