Friday, November 27, 2015

Sixth round flurry

Eagles have three picks in the sixth round after a swap with Cleveland.

Sixth round flurry


After sitting out Round 5, the Eagles are back to work with the sixth round.

They have four picks, including two compensatory picks. (League rules prevent those from being traded.)

UPDATE: The Eagles traded No. 191 to Cleveland so they have the two remaining compensatory selections in this round.

With their first selection, at No. 184, the Eagles took guard Mike Gibson, from Cal. Gibson is 6-4, 305.

Gibson played primarily at tackle during his two years at Cal, but he impressed scouts at right guard during the practices leading up to the East-West Shrine Game.

He is the second offensive lineman the Eagles have drafted from Cal in the Andy Reid era. The other was John Welbourn, a fourth-rounder in 1999.

With the 200th pick overall, the Eagles picked inside linebacker Joe Mays, from North Dakota State. Mays, 5-11, 245, was the Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an All-American. He owns the school career record for solo tackles with 159 and also had 11 career INTs.

With the 203rd pick, the Eagles took outside linebacker Andy Studebaker from Wheaton College. Studebaker, 6-3, 251, was a defensive end in college who projects as a pro linebacker (sounds a bit like the switch the Eagles just made with Chris Gocong after drafting him as a college defensive end). He was hampered by an ankle injury during his senior season.

Here is what Gibson had to say during a conference call with Philly area reporters:

On how the Eagles intend to use him:

“Just from the combine and from that standpoint, I know they would like me to play guard and center, also. I can play center or guard and I played tackle at Cal. But, primarily [they intend to use me] at guard and center.”

On how much of an issue his concussion was:

“I’ve had all the psychological testing done. I’ve had all the testing done and everything came back positive.”

On how scary the concussion was:

“To be honest, not scary at all. It’s something that every football player goes through. I only had one and it was my decision to come back early and play against Stanford, then I just got hit and had a reoccurrence. To be honest with you, it wasn’t too bad.”

On WR DeSean Jackson:

“He’s a great athlete, a great person, great football player. As you guys know, he can play some football. He’s an electrifying player and he motivates you by the way he plays football.”

On being drafted by the same team as Jackson:

“It’s really nice. Just to have a familiar face around all the time, and if you need somebody to talk to, you know he’s going to be there to help you out.” 



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