Jordan Poyer: How Will Eagles Newest Cornerback Fare in the Pros?

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

CORVALLIS, OR - NOVEMBER 05: Cornerback Jordan Poyer #14 of the Oregon State Beavers returns a punt against the Stanford Cardinal on November 5, 2011 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles today selected (via The Washington Post) Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer in the seventh round. 

Poyer was once viewed as a potential second or third-round pick, but began to tumble down boards after a disappointing combine.


Pro Outlook

Poyer was extremely productive at Oregon State and a leader on the Beavers' impressive defense. 

However, Poyer lacks the measurables of an impact NFL player, which led to his fall down the draft boards of NFL teams. Predicting Poyer's future is tough because his physical limitations suggest he doesn't belong at this level, but his production rivals just about that of any defensive back in this year's class. 

Players with Poyer's limited physical tools reach their ceiling eventually, so has Poyer already reached his, or will he continue to outperform his combine numbers?


Roster Outlook

The Eagles signed Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher this offseason and already have Brandon Boykin on the roster as the nickel corner. So it will be tough for Poyer to see any significant playing time. 

Poyer will complete with Trevard Lindley, Curtis Marsh and Brandon Hughes for the final roster spots at cornerback. 

Realistically, Poyer may end up on the practice squad.


Pick Analysis

Poyer landed in a crowded secondary, so it wasn't the ideal fit for him. But from the Eagles standpoint, he was well worth the gamble in the seventh round.

Seventh round picks rarely pan out, so it's never the wrong move to target an extremely productive collegiate player.


Grade: A