To say that Philadelphia Eagles rookie CB Jordan Poyer has a mere “chip on his shoulder” is putting it as delicately as humanly possible.
Imagine leading the entire Pac-12 conference in interceptions for two years running and being named a consensus All-American your senior season, only to drop to the seventh round the NFL Draft. Yes, I repeat, the seventh round.
For some reason, all 32 NFL organizations believed that there were 217 college athletes in the 2013 NFL Draft that had a better chance at succeeding in the NFL than Poyer. I mean, what more can you do but pick-off an incredible conference-leading seven passes en route to an All-American, All-Pac-12 campaign?
The way I see it, the Eagles converted on an absolute steal when they snagged Poyer in the draft’s final round.
Unfortunately for Poyer, he was forced to miss all of the Eagles’ organized team activities (OTAs) as well as their mandatory mini-camp, due to an NFL rule that states drafted college seniors must wait until their class graduates before they can participate in the big league activities. Eagles rookie second-round pick TE Zach Ertz was forced to miss these events also for the same reason.
While this hiccup certainly put Poyer behind the eight-ball when it comes to his new system, playbook, coaches and teammates, I have confidence that the youngster will be able to breakout for the Eagles in 2013.
With former Eagles CBs Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie now far, far away on the west coast, the Birds’ starting cornerback slots are wide open. Poyer’s main competition will be first-year Eagles CBs Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher, along with second-year Birds CB Brandon Boykin.
Even though the overwhelmingly majority of NFL fans have absolutely no idea who Poyer even is at this point, look for the rook to make a splash in 2013, demanding respect from all.