Welcome to the Philadelphia Eagles, Shelton Gibson!
After trading down two times in the fifth round, the Philadelphia Eagles have selected West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson with their No. 166 overall pick.
Gibson is a speedy wide receiver who can also contribute as a punt and kickoff returner. In three seasons at West Virginia, Gibson caught 84 balls for 1,898 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged an incredible 22.6 yards per reception in college.
The Eagles needed to add some speed to their receiving corps this year. After selecting Mack Hollins earlier in the draft, Philadelphia suddenly has a respectably speedy groups of wideouts.
Here is a scouting report on Gibson, courtesy of NFL.com.
"STRENGTHS: Flat. Out. Fast. Has run-by speed on the go routes and can create immediate separation over the top against cornerbacks who overestimate their acceleration. Saw 36 percent of his catches go for 25-plus yards over last two seasons. Ball skills and hand-eye coordination are substantially better down the field than on the short routes. Finds the deep throw quickly and makes necessary adjustments to ball flight to put himself in the best position to make the catch. Fear of his speed creates open, unchallenged throws underneath against spacious cushions. Athletic and not just a tight-hipped, straight line runner. Explosive leaper who can climb the ladder and extend way up over his head to snare the errant passes and bring them home. Has immediate gunner potential and can return kickoffs.WEAKNESSES: Displays focus issues with his hands when working underneath. Had a case of alligator arms over the middle against Texas after taking a punishing hit a quarter earlier. Will need to learn to run more of the route tree and sharpen his skills as a route runner in general. Made a living on nine routes, posts, slants and curls. Gets to top gear quickly creating issues with excessive steps in his gear down into his breaks. Needs to do a better job of aggressively working back to the ball and scrambling with his quarterback into a catch-friendly area of the field."