The Eagles finally selected a cornerback with their first of four fourth-round picks on Saturday, the 105th selection overall. Kentucky's Trevard Lindley, 5-foot-11 1/2, 183-pound, is described by draft analyst Tony Pauline as a "solid cover cornerback with good underlying skills," who "displays excellent route recognition, has opposing quarterbacks throwing away from him and works hard to make plays."
Earlier in his college career, Lindley was thought to be an elite prospect, but an elbow injury his junior year and a high ankle sprain his senior season contributed to a slide in stock. He ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the combine, and told Philadelphia reporters on a conference call that he expected to go somewhere in the third or fourth round.
"I had a little idea (the Eagles) wanted me, but I'm much just happy to be an Eagle," Lindley said, adding that he did not visit Philadelphia but had a meeting with the team at the combine where he went over coverage schemes and blitzes.
Lindley said he believes he's a good fit for the Eagles' defensive scheme.
"I know they like to blitz and play a lot of man and, what, apply pressure to the quarterback," he said. "That's pretty much what we did in college, a lot of man."
And although he's a fan of Asante Samuel, Lindley said he tries to pattern his game after reigning defensive player of the year Charles Woodson.
"He's pretty much one of my favorite corners," Lindley said. "He plays man too and he can make tackles in coverage."
The Eagles are in need of depth at cornerback after the trade of Sheldon Brown to the Cleveland Browns -- Lindley was coincidentally chosen with one of the picks acquired in that deal -- and Lindley joins a stable of cornerbacks that includes Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs, Dimitri Patterson, Geoffrey Pope and Joselio Hanson. Safeties Marlin Jackson, Macho Harris and second-round pick Nate Allen also have the versatility to move to cornerback. Still, Lindley will have a chance to make an immediate impact in the secondary. Does he think he's ready step on the field right away.
"If they put me there, yeah, yes sir," he said, "I'd be ready to play."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 10:59 a.m., April 24