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Philadelphia Eagles Draft Breakdown – Jordan Poyer, Cornerback

June 5th, 2013 at 9:37 PM
By Scott Erik Anderson

The Philadelphia Eagles used their second pick in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft on Jordan Poyer, a cornerback out of Oregon State. Poyer is listed as the fourth string Left Cornerback behind off-season pickup Bradley Fletcher and starters Brandon Boykin, and Brandon Hughes.

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With the deep secondary, Poyer likely won't see any playing time on defense. However, playing on Special Teams may be an option head coach Chip Kelly will use with Poyer if he stands out enough. 

Poyer has the experience on Special Teams as he started all 13 games during his freshman year at Oregon State. He didn't start returning kicks and punts until his sophomore year, when he averaged 27.8 kick return yards for the season.  Poyer only averaged just over four yards on punt returns. During his junior year, Poyer's kick return average dropped to 22.7 yards and his punt return average was just shy of five yards. Poyer didn't return any kickoffs during his senior year and only returned 10 punts for an average of seven yards. He has only returned one punt for a touchdown, against UCLA when he brought it back 85 yards.

Originally a safety when arriving at Oregon State, Poyer switched to cornerback before his sophomore season. His impact on defense increased as he had 34 tackles and two interceptions, an improvement from 10 special teams tackles and one defense tackle. He had no interceptions his freshman year. Poyer's performance increased even more during his junior and senior years with 57 tackles/four interceptions and 50 tackles/seven interceptions respectively. He also tallied three sacks over his four years at Oregon State.

Poyer's NFL Draft profile says he is smooth with his transitions and is quick to read routes which allows him to get into good position. He always fights for the ball even when he isn't in a good position. The one thing that he is able to do that previous secondary players weren't able to do is tackle see: (Asante Samuel and Nnamdi Asomugha). Poyer can bring the power into a tackle. Poyer's downsides are that he misses tackles often and receivers can break away from him as he stays behind receivers much of the time.

While it is extremely unlikely that Poyer gets any time playing on defense this season, it is very possible he could get time on Special Teams if Chip Kelly decides to go that route. Poyer would have to stand out and make a huge impression on the coaching staff to be considered for defensive playing time and to move up the depth chart. While the explosiveness of DeSean Jackson or any of the other receivers is a great thing to see as a returner, Kelly shouldn't risk one of his receivers getting hurt on returns. If Poyer can prove he can handle returns in the NFL, he should be considered for the job, especially since he has the speed to go the distance if he has blockers in front of him.

It should also be noted that Poyer was arrested in May 2012 after he attempted to go into a nightclub that he had previously been banned from. Poyer was blacklisted from this bar when he attempted to enter it before he was of the legal drinking age. Kelly and the front office know about this and should make sure that Poyer keeps out of trouble. 

Tags: 2013 NFL Draft, Chip Kelly, Cornerback, Defense, Draft, Football, Jordan Poyer, NFL, Oregon State, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Eagles, safety, secondary, Special Teams

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