The wait may have been a little longer than expected, but it was well worth it, as the next chapter in the football life of Jordan Poyer has officially begun.
The Class of 2009 graduate from Astoria High School and former Oregon State All-American will now be wearing the uniform of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia and new head coach Chip Kelly chose Poyer with the 12th pick of the seventh round, the 218th overall pick Saturday, on the final day of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Poyer was the Eagles seventh pick of the draft, and third from the Pac-12. Philadelphia chose Stanford tight end Zach Ertz in the second round, and USC quarterback Matt Barkley in the fourth round.
Oregon State teammate Markus Wheaton was a third-round selection of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The whole draft process was a long two days, but I was just happy to finally see my name called, Poyer said Saturday from Corvallis, where he watched the draft with friends. It didnt matter where I go, but Im glad Im going to Philly. I think its going to be a great fit for me.
As the draft crawled along, I was definitely getting nervous, especially when teams started calling me and saying, If you dont get drafted, we want you as a free agent, so keep that in mind.
So that came into my head, that dang, I could really go as a free agent. I started getting nervous, but once I got the call from the Eagles, I was super-excited.
And excited to play for a man who knows Poyer well. In his four years as coach at the University of Oregon, Kelly and the Ducks faced Poyer and the Beavers every year.
Coach Kelly is a great coach, Poyer said. I played against him for four years, so its kind of cool that he picked me up. Im excited to play for him.
Poyer was a highly-rated defensive back going into the draft, and was projected as a possible second- or third-rounder.
But his scores from the draft combine in March in Indianapolis obviously hurt me, because my measurements werent great, Poyer said of the tests, measurements and drills that prospects are put through.
Those things didnt really show that I could play football, Poyer said. Somebody could go in and absolutely kill those measurements and tests, and they cant play football.
Theres some really good DBs who run fast, but they cant play a down of football. They dont know how to line up or what to look for in certain situations. Thats where I separate myself from other DBs.
My strength is from knowing the game of football and understanding what Im doing, he said. I think the combine did hurt me, but at the end of the day, Im happy with where Im going.
Poyer, who could end up as a nickel back and special teams player with Philadelphia, doesnt know what role he will play with the Eagles, saying, Im just going to go in and do whatever they tell me to do. Just learn the playbook, and play to the best of my ability.
Poyer will head for Philadelphia in the next few weeks for a minicamp, but in the meantime, he said, I just want to thank the whole town of Astoria for their support. Theyve been more than great throughout this whole process.