MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The Philadelphia Eagles must really like Dana Holgorsen’s West Virginia University football players.
Last year, the Eagles drafted running back Wendell Smallwood in the fifth round and last night, they picked cornerback Rasul Douglas in the third round.
Today, Philadelphia took the country roads route once again to select wide receiver Shelton Gibson with the 22nd pick of the fifth round (166 overall).
This pick was courtesy of the Miami Dolphins.
What the Eagles are getting in Gibson is an explosive, downfield playmaker with the ability to get the football into the end zone.
The Cleveland resident caught 43 passes for 951 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior season in 2016 as one of the top deep threats in the Big 12.
In 38 career games, the 5-foot-11-inch, 191-pound receiver caught 84 passes for 1,898 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also returning 52 career kickoffs for 1,244 yards and one touchdown.
Gibson overcame a slow time during February’s NFL Combine by running a 4.39 at West Virginia’s Pro Day earlier this month, and several mock drafts accurately predicted Gibson going to the Eagles in either the fifth or sixth rounds.
“A lot of teams asked me if I put in a (draft) grade and I didn’t,” Gibson said earlier this month. “I understand, yeah, I’m coming out and it was a big thing but I feel like I can go out there and do what I can if I put my mind to it. I don’t care about projections or what round I go in because it doesn’t matter. Once you get there that’s what you are going to be - what you show in practice.”
The drafting of Gibson makes it six straight years under Holgorsen that West Virginia has had multiple players picked in the NFL Draft and 19 players have been taken overall.
The draft continues with rounds six and seven.
West Virginia’s NFL Draft Picks Under Dana Holgorsen
3, 99, Rasul Douglas, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
5, 166, Shelton Gibson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles
1, 14, Karl Joseph, S, Oakland Raiders
3, 77, Daryl Worley, CB, Carolina Panthers
4, 113, Nick Kwiatkoski, LB, Chicago Bears
5, 153, Wendell Smallwood, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
5, 159, KJ Dillon, S, Houston Texans
1, 7, Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears
4, 134, Mark Glowinski, G, Seattle Seahawks
5, 158, Shaquille Riddick, DE, Arizona Cardinals
7, 238, Mario Alford, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
3, 69, Charles Sims, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3, 86, Will Clarke, DE, Cincinnati Bengals
1, 8, Tavon Austin, WR, St. Louis Rams
2, 39, Geno Smith, QB, New York Jets
3, 92, Stedman Bailey, WR, St. Louis Rams
1, 15, Bruce Irvin, DE, Seattle Seahawks
5, 140, Najee Goode, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6, 174, Keith Tandy, CB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers