Eagles draft West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson in the fifth round
Gibson had 43 catches for 951 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
The Eagles drafted West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson in the fifth round of the NFL draft with the No. 166 overall selection after trading back twice in the round.
Gibson, who is 5-foot-11 and 191 pounds, is a vertical threat who ran a 4.50-second 40-yard dash at the combine, but he seems to play faster than his time. He has been compared to former Eagles Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson and averaged 22.6 yards per catch in his career. Gibson finished with 43 catches for 951 yards and eight touchdowns last season, and 36 percent of his catches during the past two seasons were for 25+ yards.
The knock on Gibson are his hands and his route-running ability. He is not considered as complete of a receiver as some of the prospects who went ahead of him. But for a team that needs a big-play threat, Gibson is likely to be a welcome addition.
The Eagles originally had the No. 155 pick in the fifth round, but they traded down to No. 164 and then to No. 166. They added the No. 184 pick (a fifth-rounder) in the end of the deals.