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April 30, 2016

Eagles select Oregon LB Joe Walker in seventh round of 2016 NFL Draft

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Chip Kelly may be gone, but the Eagles are still drafting Ducks.

With their seventh-round pick (251th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected 6'2, 236-pound Oregon linebacker Joe Walker.

Walker led the Ducks in tackles in 2015, with 87 of them. He added six tackles for loss, and two sacks.

The Eagles' starters at linebacker at set. However, they have next to nothing in terms of depth. Here's how I would project their depth chart heading into the draft:

 Nigel BradhamJordan Hicks Mychal Kendricks 
 Brandon Hepburn Deontae Skinner Najee Goode

Jordan Hicks was a steal in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he slid to the third round because of his injury history. Obviously, last season, after a brilliant start to his rookie season, he was lost for the year with a torn pectoral muscle.

Meanwhile, both Mychal Kendricks and Nigel Bradham have missed seven games over the last two years.

The Eagles did not add a linebacker until the third-to-last pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, and Walker is likely to contribute primarily on special teams.

Here's a crazy in which a Utah player dropped the ball DeSean Jackson-style before reaching the end zone, which Walker picked up and returned for a TD the other way:

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