The Eagles continued to address their defense in this year's draft, finally adding a cornerback to their take Saturday. They also selected a linebacker and a defensive end, and have now used six of their first eight picks on defensive players.
With their first pick in the fourth round, they drafted Kentucky cornerback Trevard Lindley. The Eagles also took Oklahoma linebacker Keenan Clayton later in the fourth round and Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp in the fifth. Clayton is listed at 6-foot-1, 229 pounds. Sapp is 6-3, 252 and could project as a strong-side linebacker.
During a conference call with reporters, Lindley said that he missed four games last season because of a high ankle sprain. He also injured his elbow during the Liberty Bowl and missed working out for some NFL teams. Both may have had something to do with why he dropped down some draft boards. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound corner said that he did expect to go sometime in the fourth round.
He's considered a strong cover corner that needs work on his tackling. One scouting report said that Lindley isn't afraid to gamble and that he anticipates routes and can read the quarterback to get a jump on passes.
Sounds like an Asante Samuel clone, doesn't it?
It was fairly obvious that the Eagles would take a corner with their first pick today after they presumably missed out on a run of three cornerbacks early in the third round -- South Florida's Jerome Murphy, Iowa's Amari Spievey and Vanderbilt's Myron Lewis.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said Friday night that that wasn't the case.