NFL Draft 2017: 5 corners who make sense for the Philadelphia Eagles in early rounds
With the NFL draft set to begin April 27 in Philadelphia, we’re spending this week taking a look at players who make sense for the Eagles in the early rounds. We’ll continue today with five cornerbacks.
Kevin King (Washington)
King’s college teammate, Sidney Jones, was the more coveted prospect before he ruptured his Achilles at Washington’s Pro Day last month. King, though, is a possible first-round talent in his own right, with press coverage skills and raw athleticism that have impressed scouts.
At 6 feet, 3 inches, King is one of the tallest cornerbacks in the draft class and struggled as a tackler at Washington. Still, his skill set as a pure outside corner could intrigue the Eagles with their first-round pick (14th overall) or if he slips into the second round, where the Birds own the No. 43 overall selection.
Gareon Conley (Ohio State)
More than a dozen cornerbacks have been connected to the Eagles through reported visits or prominent mock drafts, and Conley’s name has surfaced as an option for the Birds as often as anyone. Behind fellow Ohio State cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who is likely to come off the board before the Eagles pick at 14, Conley is perhaps the second-most heralded corner in the class.
Quincy Wilson (Florida)
Analysts have lauded Wilson’s competitiveness and physicality through the pre-draft process, which is sure to appeal to defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound former Gators star also has the necessary size to excel at corner in the NFL and could compete for a starting job next season.
Philadelphia might be able to scoop Wilson on Day 2 of the draft, but there’s no guarantee he’ll be around then.
Chidobe Awuzie (Colorado)
Several mock drafters have tabbed Awuzie as a potential first-round fit for the Birds, who are pining for stability at cornerback. “He can play outside or in the slot and has traits and talent to compete for early playing time,” NFL.com’s Lance Zerlien wrote in Awuzie’s draft profile.
Marlon Humphrey (Alabama)
Humphrey’s generated mixed reviews from pundits, but he has NFL bloodlines, scintillating physical traits and a history of thriving under coach Nick Saban at Alabama. That makes Humphrey a coveted commodity, even if concerns regarding his technique continue to hover.
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