The first Husker is off the board in the 5th round.
Nate Gerry to Eagles as last pick of fifth round.— Eric Olson (@ericolson64) April 29, 2017
With the 184th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles have taken safety Nathan Gerry.
The two-time team captain and senior majored in sociology, but was suspended for the Music City Bowl last December for being academically ineligible. He owned up to the mistake and by most accounts NFL draft scouts were satisfied with his answers during interviews. While he played a lot of center field for the Cornhuskers, he projects as more as a run-stuffing strong safety in the NFL.
Gerry was an underrated recruit out of Sioux Falls, SD and a four-year contributor at linebacker (2013) and safety (2014-16). He leaves Nebraska as the second all-time in interceptions with 13. He was a fixture in All-Conference postseason award lists throughout his career and even garnered All-American honors from Pro Football focus and USA Today as a senior.
His weight room work ethic appears to be in order, even if his academics were not. From his NFL.com draft profile:
Chiseled from granite.
You can read our draft profile of Gerry here.
Congratulations Eagles fans! You are getting a player that will be a heat-seeking missile in the run game and solid special teams player.
Several of Gerry’s Nebraska teammates offered congratulations!
White Snake!!!!— $TANLEY MORGAN JR 8 (@Thekidstan) April 29, 2017
I'm still running around the house lmao my brotha man LETS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #WhiteSnake— Josh Mitchell (@J_Mitch05) April 29, 2017
And Gerry appeared pretty happy with himself:
As did the Eagles...
Just one more thing about Gerry... the Eagles want him at linebacker:
We know the TV said safety, but we say linebacker.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 29, 2017