I have been telling people since the middle-end of last season, that the Eagles need to get another starting corner, who’s name isn’t Dimitri Patterson or Joselio Hanson. I really believed that when the Eagles had the option to take Colorado stand-out, Jimmy Smith in the draft, they would have jumped at the chance to get another elite corner to play alongside Asante Samuel. Nope, they passed up on Smith, and ended up landing Curtis Marsh two rounds later.
The running back turned corner showed enormous potential during his time at Utah State, but has little experience against top flight receivers. When a corner like Marsh is playing against the WAC Conference in college, there really isn’t too many elite players to begin with. The toughest opposition he faced was Boise State, but that wasn’t even a fair matchup, as the Broncos had much more talent than Utah State, on offense and defense.
The NFC East boasts some of the toughest receivers in the NFL, primarily coming from the New York Giants. Is Marsh ready to step in and cover freak receivers like Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith? To be blunt, probably not. The good news, the Eagles took Jaiquawn Jarrett in the second round to help sure up any holes in the secondary that are left. The combo of Marsh and Jarrett could be in a, ‘you help me- I help you,’ situation. They are both rookies, and they are both on the slightly inexperienced side.
As far as Marsh going into the season starting immediately, it will more than likely happen. The Eagles have little depth to start off beside Samuel, and I don’t think that Andy Reid is willing to put his trust in Patterson of Hanson for a second season. Marsh may be inexperienced and has little playing time against elite receivers, but I’m sure if Reid took him as high as the third round, he thinks he can handle it.
Not to mention, the Eagles are still in the running for Nndami Asomugha this off-season. If the Eagles could some how land Asomugha, it would be the best secondary in the NFL and Samuel and Asomugha could both mentor Marsh into another elite corner. There have been rumors that Philadelphia already has something on Asomugha, and they are just waiting for the NFL Lockout to end to sign him to a contract.
After all, their numbers all correlate: Asomugha- 21, Samuel- 22, Marsh- 23. It has to be fate. Keep your fingers crossed Eagles fans!
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