CORVALLIS — Jordan Poyer waited a long time during the NFL draft.

The former Oregon State cornerback slid down to the seventh round before the Philadelphia Eagles picked him on the final day of the three-day event Saturday evening.

Poyer, from Astoria, was the 12th pick of the round, 218th overall and 29th cornerback taken this year.

Draft analysts projected Poyer as high as second or third rounder. He has experience in man coverage and as the nickel back, and was a versatile special teams player as a returner and coverage player.

Poyer was OSU’s first consensus all-American since John Didion in 1967. He finished his career with 151 tackles, three sacks, 13 interceptions, 23 pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

However, scouts were concerned about his lack of strength. He bench pressed 225 pounds only eight times at the NFL combine and 11 times at OSU’s pro day.

Poyer is the fourth OSU cornerback to be drafted in the last five years. Others were Brandon Hardin (third round, Chicago Bears) last year, while Keenan Lewis (third, Pittsburgh Steelers) and Brandon Hughes (fifth, San Diego Chargers) were drafted in 2009.

He was the second former OSU player to be drafted this year. Wide receiver Markus Wheaton was taken in the third round by the Steelers on Friday.

Poyer is the first Oregon State player pick by the Eagles since Paul Carberry was selected in the 10th round of the 1987 draft. Poyer will join Hughes, now with the Eagles, in Philadelphia.

Cliff Kirkpatrick covers Oregon State sports for the Gazette-Times. He can be reached at

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