Eagles with NFL draft aspirations

Elijah Jackson

It’s that time of the year as the NFL Draft is finally upon us as last night was the first round. The second and third rounds are tonight, with rounds four through seven counting through Saturday. 

According to mock drafts Kindle Vildor has been seen around round 5 with even a pick in the fourth round.  

At Georgia Southern’s pro day there were 12 athletes that participated which included defensive backs Vildor, Jay Bowdry and Donald Rutledge Jr. Nose Tackles Ty Phillips and Ian Bush were also among the participants. Kicker Tyler Bass didn’t participate in the workouts but he did do some kicking drills.

There were scouts from the Buffalo Bills, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets in attendance at Paulson Stadium back in March. A lot of their attention was placed on Bass and the slew of defensive backs.

Vildor and Bass are considered to be shoe-ins to be picked on Saturday and to make NFL camps this summer after strong NFL combine showings, with Vildor’s projected draft round steadily rising. Others such as Jay Bowdry will most likely be competing for undrafted free agent invites to camps, which has been the road taken by many former Eagles. 

Kindle Vildor

His senior year he had 27 total tackles with 23 of them being solo tackles. He caught two interceptions as well with six pass deflections. For his career he had 94 total tackles with 72 being solo tackles, nine tackles for losses, one sack, nine interceptions, 25 pass deflections and one forced fumble. 

At the combine he posted a 4.44 40 yard dash, had 22 reps on the bench press, jumped 39.5 inches on the vertical jump(third best among all defensive backs), 133.0 inches on the broad jump(which was tied for second best), ran the three cone drill in 7.14 seconds and ran the 20 yard shuttle in 4.28 seconds.

Tyler Bass

His senior year he attempted and made all 36 of his extra points. He attempted 28 total field goals and only missed eight which was a field goal percentage of 71.4% compared to his junior year of 90.5%. For his career he attempted 116 extra points making 114 with a percentage of 98.3. He attempted 68 total field goals making 54 with a percentage of 71.4. He scored a total of 276 points for his career at Georgia Southern. He also attempted five punts for 240 yards. 

Jay Bowdry

His senior year he had 32 total tackles with 23 being solo tackles. He had 4.5 tackles for loss and five pass deflections. For his entire career he had 144 total tackles with 96 being solo tackles. He had a total of nine tackles for loss, got one sack and two interceptions in his four years of playing at Georgia Southern.

Donald Rutledge Jr.

In one season at GS he had 50 total tackles with 34 being solo tackles. He had one interception which resulted in his only TD. Rutledge also had five pass deflections along with one tackle for loss.

Ty Phillips

In his senior year at Southern he had 32 total tackles with 20 being assisted tackles and 12 being solo tackles. He also had 1.5 sacks, and six tackles for loss. For his career at Georgia Southern, he had 99 total tackles with 64 assisted and 35 solo tackles, 17 tackles for loss, six sacks for 34 yards, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Ian Bush 

In his senior season at GS he had 28 total tackles with 20 being assisted, three tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one QB hit. In his whole career at Southern he had 32 total tackles with 23 assisted and nine solo, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble.


Rounds two through three will start at 7 p.m. ET on channels ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network. Rounds four through seven will start on Saturday at noon ET on channels ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network.

Elijah Jackson, The George-Anne Sports Editor, gasports@georgiasouthern.edu