One of the Philadelphia Eagles biggest draft needs falls in the area of cornerback. The Eagles defense was torched towards the end of the season, after Ellis Hobbs went down with injury, and both Dimitri Patterson and Joselio Hansen were burned consistently. Thoughts of the Giants ripping apart the left side of the field still has most Eagles fans shaking their head in pain, and it’s a position the Eagles must upgrade.
However, the general consensus is that the Eagles are going to go with an offensive lineman in the first round, despite whatever more appealing options maybe available. There is no question that the Eagles need an offensive lineman, and I am fully behind the drafting of one with the Eagles first pick. If the Eagles do decide to pass on defense in the first, where will they look for a replacement?
According to Oren Shiri, of National Football Authority, one of the best late round options at the cornerback position is Jalil Brown from Colorado. Brown was a three-year starter who was under the shadow of Jimmy Smith, but is one of the better and more psychical corners in this draft. Brown is the type of player that can jam receivers at the line, and disrupt a receiver and quarterbacks timing on every play.
Brown has shown that he is a machine in man coverage and can lock down a receiver on any down. Throughout his career at Colorado, Brown showed excellent toughness when playing against taller and bigger receivers, never afraid of contact to get a deflection. Racking up a stunning 21 pass deflections in his entire collegiate career, and even showing nice hands, picking off six passes.
One of the reasons that Brown is not projected to go higher is because in some situations he has shown trouble tackling larger receivers, and like many young corners he blows his zone coverages on occasion. These are both issues that Brown can work out with the help of a training staff and other veteran corners, as long as he is willing to put in the effort.
At Colorado, Brown formed a nasty combination with Smith, and it could be a similar effect in Philadelphia with Asante Samuel. The two would be able to have a two-punch combo, with Samuel being the threat for big plays, and Brown being the consistent defender on the outside. If the Eagles can pick Brown up after the second round, he will be more than worth it. Brown could be the answer to the Eagles defensive weakness on the outside, at an excellent late pick.
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