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Eagles make a trade and select QB Clayton Thorson in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft

The Eagles moved back four spots in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft to add an additional pick and a quarterback.

With the 167th overall pick, the Eagles chose quarterback Clayton Thorson out of Northwestern.

The trade with New England netted a seventh-round pick, the 246th overall selection.

The winningest quarterback in Northwestern history, Thorson completed 58.4 percent of his career attempts for 10,731 yards with 61 touchdowns against 45 interceptions for a 118.1 passer rating. He also added 27 touchdowns on the ground. A four-year starter for the Wildcats, the 6-4, 222-pound Thorson is also the school's most prolific passer in terms of passing yards, completions, and touchdowns. He set the Big Ten record for most starts by a quarterback with 53.

As a senior, Thorson threw for 3,183 yards and 17 touchdowns while rushing for nine more as he was named All-Big Ten honorable mention. In his final college game, Thorson engineered a second-half comeback against Utah earning Offensive MVP honors in the Holiday Bowl.

A native of Wheaton, Illinois, Thorson was a four-star recruit and the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the country out of Wheaton North High School. A first-team All-State selection as a senior, Thorson twice led his high school to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

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