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Jeremiah Trotter Jr. signs his rookie contract 

Jeremiah Trotter Jr. signs his rookie contract.
Jeremiah Trotter Jr. signs his rookie contract.

The Eagles traded up in the fifth-round to select Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr., who will follow in his dad's footsteps by wearing No. 54.

Here are five things to know about Trotter Jr., one of the team's fifth-round picks (No. 155 overall):

1. Trotter Jr. was one of three Power 5 players to have 10+ sacks, 4+ interceptions, 3+ forced fumbles, and 2+ pick-sixes in a two-season span since 1996 (UCLA's Akeem Ayers and UNC's Julius Peppers).

"I'd probably say definitely the size and just how our body types are and how we play the game," said Trotter Jr. when asked how his game compares to his dad. "He played the game where he's more like trying to -- up in it the gap, spiking gaps, running, getting downhill, and just blowing up lineman. In today's game, I'm more of a run around, run sideline to sideline. I got to be able to play out in space. So, I feel like that's the biggest part of our games that are different and the style of play that we have."

2. According to Pro Football Focus, Trotter's "average depth of tackle" occurred 2.42 yards away from the line of scrimmage, one of the lowest numbers in this class. This is a good representation of his abilities downhill, especially considering the number of plays he made in pursuit to offset it.

3. Trotter Jr. was named a first-team All-ACC player in 2023 after being an honorable mention the season before. The 21-year-old is a two-time second-team Associated Press All-American.

4. According to Pro Football Focus, opposing quarterbacks posted just a 70.2 passer rating when targeting Trotter Jr. in coverage, which ranks in the 90th percentile amongst linebackers drafted in the last decade.

5. Born and raised in the Philadelphia area, Trotter Jr. is the son of Eagles Hall of Fame linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Sr. He attended Saint Joseph's Prep in North Philadelphia before playing at Clemson.

"It definitely means a lot," Trotter Jr. Said. "I know the type of legacy he left with this organization and the fans, just how they treated him and coaches that he played for and players he played [with] with the Eagles. It definitely means a lot to be able to come in and continue that legacy and just try to help out the team any way I possibly can.

"I'm a hometown kid and the Eagles were always my favorite team growing up. It's definitely great to be able to play for them and just have the opportunity that I have."

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