May 01, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Texas linebacker Jordan Hicks in the third round of the NFL draft on Friday night.

The 6-foot-1, 236-pound Hicks led the Longhorns with 147 tackles last year. He played just four games in 2013 before tearing an Achilles tendon. Hicks was projected to go in the fourth or fifth round by many draft experts.

Hicks gives the Eagles depth at a position where DeMeco Ryans and Kiko Alonso are coming off major injuries. Ryans missed eight games after tearing an Achilles tendon. Alonso sat out 2014 with Buffalo because of a torn ACL.

The Eagles traded up to draft Utah defensive back Eric Rowe in the second round at No. 47. They chose USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor with the 20th overall pick in the first round Thursday night.

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