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Gerry An Interesting Fit At Linebacker

Posted Apr 29, 2017

The Eagles used their first three picks of Day Three to add offensive pieces, but with the final selection of the fifth round, the Eagles went back to the defensive route and added linebacker Nathan Gerry with the 184th pick.

Gerry measured in at 6-2, 218 pounds at the NFL Combine. He played safety at Nebraska, where he appeared in 50 games, recording 13 interceptions, 2.0 sacks and 19 pass breakups. By most accounts, Gerry's strength comes when he plays up in the box and can play downhill, which would presumably be why the Eagles see him as an athletic linebacker in Jim Schwartz's defense. 

From Lance Zierlein of

Chiseled from granite. Controlled, downhill shuffle from the box to mirror running back. Plays with advanced instincts against both run and pass. Anticipates patterns and can play ahead of receiver's breaks. Will not hesitate to fire into the passing lane. Has soft hands with plus ball skills leading to thirteen career interceptions. Races into his run support work. Can adjust his run fits according to flow of the play. Decisive when triggering downhill from high safety position. Takes smart angles to the ball with a good feel for speed vs. space. Looks to make tackles near line of scrimmage. Played combo safety role and has experience with slot coverage.

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