Many Didn’t Know Jalyx Hunt in Philadelphia. That Is About to Change.
Nearly forty years ago, in 1985, newly installed Eagles Head Coach Buddy Ryan began his plan for the Eagles.

His design began with defense. The unit he would build over the next six years was not a top defense.

They did everything you could ask of a defensive unit—they stopped you from scoring, prevented you from moving the ball, created turnovers, and even scored their own points—points in bunches.

More importantly — they pulverized your offense in the process. 

Buddy Ryan knew NFL talent. Draft Day was his sweet spot.

The Eagles grabbed Clyde Simmons from Western Carolina University in 1986, Seth Joyner from the University of Texas El Paso in 1986, and 1989 Jessie Small from Eastern Kentucky University.

Then he paired them with Andre Waters from Cheyney University — his high executioner in the secondary.

Since moving back into the front office after Chip Kelly’s departure in 2015, one of Howie Roseman’s sweet spots has also been the NFL Draft. Philadelphia has routinely gotten high draft grades while replenishing key positions of need after free agents have moved on.

On Friday, that trend continued when the Eagles selected Jalyx Hunt in the third round with the 94th overall pick from Houston Christian. In 2022, he was the second-team All-Southland Conference there. In 2023, he was Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and an All-American, SLC Defensive Player of the Year, and First-team All-SLC.

He would finish his career in college with 133 tackles, 20.5 tackles-for-loss, and 13.5 sacks. At the combine, he ran a 4.64 in the 40 and had a 37.5 vertical jump.

In terms of toughness, he’d be one of Buddy’s favorites. 
The Eagles fully expect he’ll be one of yours too.


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