NFL Draft Day 3: Eagles load up at corner with picks of JaCorey Shepherd, Randall Evans

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The 2015 draft is now in the books and the Eagles continued to load up on help in the defensive backfield, an area of need the past several drafts. While other pressing needs went unaddressed, namely on the offensive line, attention to the troubled secondary was long overdue.

Much more will be said about what the Eagles got and what they didn’t this draft in the coming days. For now, here’s a look at the three players the Eagles took in the final day of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Round 6, Pick 15 (191): CB JaCorey Shepherd (5’11”, 199), Kansas

Kelly said that he didn’t think that Shepherd would still be there and was obviously excited that he was.

ESPN.com analysis:

Shepherd comes with some tightness in off-man coverage but possesses fast eyes and is always aware in coverage. He also flashes the ability to anticipate and jump routes and has one of the best sets of ball skills we’ve evaluated in the 2015 cornerback class.”

Round 6, Pick 20 (196): CB Randall Evans (6’0″, 190), Kansas St.

Says Chip:

You know, the unique thing about him is he’s played safety, he’s played nickel, he’s played corner.  He’s a physical player.  He’s an outstanding special teams player.  He’s a guy that we’ve had our eye on for a while just because of his ‑‑ not only his athletic ability but his position versatility, so he’s a guy that we were excited that he was still there.”

ESPN.com analysis:

Evans has exceptional size and length and brings above-average range. He has some tightness in off man coverage and is at his best in press, where he can utilize his length to turn and run with receivers. Evans also has the size to compete with bigger receivers in contested situations.”

Round 7, Pick 20 (237): DE Brian Mihalik (6’9″, 295), Boston College

Says Kelly:

I think Brian has got a skill set … height/weight/speed off the charts. He has a 34-inch vertical jump. He ran 4.88 [in the 40] and he’s a productive player. He just played wide defensive end in a 4-3 defense. He hasn’t been a two-gap player, but we feel with the physical skill set that he has, that we can covert him to a four technique.”

NFL.com analysis:

Mihalik intrigues coaches with his size and length. He has some traits of a 5-technique but he’s a limited athlete who will have trouble sticking on this roster.”

The Eagles also added fifteen undrafted rookies to their ranks Saturday evening, which you can read more about here.

Have your say: Are you satisfied with the Eagles selections this year?

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