Philadelphia Eagles Sign Five Draft Picks As Rookie Camp Begins

By Matt Lombardo
Cary Edmondson – USA Today Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles signed five of their draft picks to rookie contracts, the team announced on Thursday.

Zach Ertz, the team’s second-round pick from Stanford was among the Eagles to sign their rookie deals. The Eagles also inked contracts with safety Earl Wolff, taken in the fifth round, and three seventh-round selections: defensive end Joe Kruger, cornerback Jordan Poyer and defensive end David King.

First-round pick Lane Johnson, third-round pick Bennie Logan and fourth-rounder Matt Barkley all remain unsigned as the team begins it’s rookie camp on Friday. All of the Birds’ rookies are expected to attend.

Ertz appeared in 38 career games at Stanford, recording 113 receptions for 1,434 yards and 15 touchdowns during his three-year career at Stanford. He’ll likely see the field immediately and could push Brent Celek for the starting tight end job by season’s end.

Meanwhile, Wolff Wolff led all active ACC players with 211 solo tackles (361 total), while also tying for third in the North Carolina State record book with eight forced fumbles in his four-year career. It isn’t a reach to say Wolff has all of the tools necessary to finally take the Eagles safety position by the reins and run with it.

Kruger was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 selection as a junior in 2012. He appeared in 37 of 38 career games at Utah, notching 69 tackles, nine sacks, 14 tackles for  loss, three forced fumbles and an interception. He is the brother of Cleveland Browns linebacker Paul Kruger.

In Oregon States Jordan Poyer, the Eagles selected a consensus All-America in the seventh round. The 22-year-old tied for second in the nation with seven interceptions in 2012, while adding 51 tackles and two sacks in 12 games.

King bookended the Eagles draft that began with the team taking his Sooner teammate, Johnson, and notched 70 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks in his career.

Given the fact that the new NFL collective bargaining agreement slots rookie salaries by when a player is selected, it likely will not be long before all of the Eagles picks sign their deals.

Matt Lombardo is also an on-air personality on 97.5 FM The Fanatic in Philadelphia. Join the conversation and follow Matt on Twitter

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