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April 30, 2016

Eagles select Florida DE Alex McCalister in the seventh round of 2016 NFL Draft

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Alex McCalister could be a situational pass rusher in Jim Schwartz's defense.

With their seventh-round pick (240th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected 6'6, 239 pound Alex McCalister.

McCalister is long and lean, standing at 6'6, with 36" arms. He will likely project as a situational pass rusher in Jim Schwartz's defense. Here's his spider chart from the NFL Combine:

As you can see above, he's in the 88th percentile in height for defensive ends competing at the Combine since 1999, and in the one percentile for weight. As you can also see, he has very good athleticism.

McCalister's number's the last two seasons:

 Alex McCalisterTackles Sacks TFL FF 
 201526 6.5 9.5 
TOTAL 48 12.5 17.5 

A highlight reel:

Ability-wise, McCalister is great value in the seventh round. However, like Eagles picks Wendell Smallwood and Jalen Mills, McCalister has character concerns, as he was dismissed from the team at the end of Florida's season, prompting him to declare for the draft with a year of eligibility remaining.

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