The Eagles began a potentially busy Day 3 of the draft by selecting Trevard Lindley, a corner from Kentucky, in the fourth round with the 105th overall selection.
Lindley, 5-11, 183, said he is ready to play right away if needed. A quality cover corner was clearly among the Eagles' biggest needs entering the draft.
He described himself as "more of a cover corner. I guess I can come up and make a tackle too." He said he was expecting to be picked in the third or fourth round.
"I know they like to blitz and play 'man.' That's pretty much what I did in college," he said.
The reference to tackling might give some Eagles fans pause, as the Birds already have a risk-taking, aggressive cornerback who has a questionable relationship with tackling.
He planned to come out after his junior year but suffered an elbow injury in the bowl game. He returned for his senior year and then had a high ankle sprain that dogged him.
The Eagles also select in the fourth round at Nos., 121, 122 and 125, Nos. 134 and 146 in the fifth round; No. 200 in the sixth round; and No. 243 and 244, compensatory picks in Round 7.
They have used their first four selections on defensive players, with Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham in the first round, South Florida safety Nate Allen in the second round and Washington defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim in the third round.
In case you are wondering, the Eagles drafted six straight defensive players (2-7) in the 1998 draft – LB Jeremiah Trotter (72), DB Allen Rossum (85), DT Brandon Whiting (112), DB Clarence Love (116), LB Ike Reese (142) and DT Chris Akins (220). Their first pick that year was offensive tackle William Thomas from Florida State.
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