Eagles Snag CB Jordan Poyer In 7th Round

With their second seventh-round pick, the Eagles grabbed another Pac-12 player who has competed against Chip Kelly.

Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer (6-0, 191) was No. 85 on Mike Mayock’s top-100 list. But the Eagles were able to get him with pick No. 218.

Poyer made the switch from safety to cornerback after his freshman season. He finished last year with seven interceptions, tied for second-most in the nation.

Poyer ran a 4.54 at the Combine in Indianapolis.

“Like I always say, I may not be the biggest guy out there, maybe [not] the most athletic guy out there, but I’m a football player,” Poyer said. “I understand the game. I understand schemes. I understand offenses. I know my body. I know who I’m going against. So I use that to the best of my advantage and it makes me the player I am.”

There was also an off-the-field incident at a bar involving Poyer.

“It wasn’t a fight,” he said. “It was more just me being dumb. I wasn’t 21, going into a bar and kind of refused to leave and then got 60 days banned from the bar, got kicked out of the bar and wasn’t allowed to come back. I came back and it was just a bad situation. And the media kind of blew it up as a fight, but it wasn’t. It was just kind of a dumb situation to be in. I put myself in a bad situation. But I learned from it.”

Poyer was a great two-sport athlete in high school. He was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 42nd round, but decided to pursue football. Poyer met Kelly as a high school junior and played against him every year.

As for fit, Poyer said he played both outside and in the slot.

“We played a lot of man and zone,” he said. “My senior year was kind of when we opened our defensive playbook a lot. I came inside in the nickel. I probably played more snaps in the nickel than I did on the outside my senior year. It was a lot of man. It was a lot of zone. A lot of different combinations of coverages. I feel like the defense that I played in at Oregon State is really going to help me transition over to the NFL.”

Many projected Poyer to go on Day 2. Instead, he stayed in front of the television for six-plus rounds and was passed over on 217 occasions.

“I kind of wanted to have an idea of who would pass me up because I kind of use that stuff when I play,” he said. “I’ll remember who passed me up and I’ll use that and let it fuel me.”


The Eagles used their final pick, No. 239 overall, on Oklahoma defensive lineman David King. King (6-5, 286) projects as a 5-technique defensive end. Kelly said he ran a 4.64 at his workout.

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