The Eagles finished the fifth round by drafting Nebraska safety Nate Gerry with the No. 184 overall pick, who the team is now labeling a linebacker.
Gerry is 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds and ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash. He was a two-time team captain and started the past three years for the Cornhuskers, as well as three games as a freshman. Gerry earned third-team all-Big Ten honors last season after totaling 68 tackles and four interceptions. Gerry missed the Music City Bowl because of an academic suspension. He also had five interceptions as a sophomore and four interceptions as a junior. In Gerry's freshman year, he played linebacker.
He was viewed as more of an in-the-box safety, so a transition to linebacker would make sense. But there is projection involved, and Gerry would need to prove that he's a capable tackler. The Eagles need depth at linebacker, so Gerry will have a chance to compete for a backup role and to contribute on special teams.