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Gibson Another WR Talent For The Eagles

Posted Apr 29, 2017

After a pair of trades in the fifth round, the Eagles added another big-play receiver to the roster by selecting West Virginia's Shelton Gibson with the 166th-overall pick.

Gibson joins former West Virginia teammate and third-round pick Rasul Douglas on the Eagles roster.

Gibson totaled 84 catches for 1898 yards during his career with the mountaineers, averaging over 22 yards per catch. Lance Zierlein from NFL.com listed Gibson's strengths as:

Flat. Out. Fast. Has run-by speed on the go routes and can create immediate separation over the top against cornerbacks who overestimate their acceleration. Saw 36 percent of his catches go for 25-plus yards over last two seasons. Ball skills and hand-eye coordination are substantially better down the field than on the short routes. Finds the deep throw quickly and makes necessary adjustments to ball flight to put himself in the best position to make the catch. Fear of his speed creates open, unchallenged throws underneath against spacious cushions. Athletic and not just a tight-hipped, straight line runner. Explosive leaper who can climb the ladder and extend way up over his head to snare the errant passes and bring them home. Has immediate gunner potential and can return kickoffs.

Gibson could step in right away as the Eagles' No. 1 kick returner and a player who can be moved around the offense. It's clear that the front office was looking to add a great deal of competition in the wide receivers room, and Gibson certainly adds more depth and talent.

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