Even though we’re still a long ways away from the 2017 draft, I’ll be releasing lists of 5 names at every position that may interest the Eagles in the first few rounds. I’m starting off with corner backs, mostly because I think it’s who the Eagles need to address most. With that said, here’s my list of 5 college corner’s to keep an eye on this year.
1)Marlon Humphrey: A redshirt sophomore, Humphrey came onto the football scene last season as part of an extremely talented Alabama defense. While he’s just starting to generate buzz, Humphrey brings several key aspects of a successful corner to the table. First off, at 6’1 and 198 pounds, he’s got the size and speed to go up against most NFL receivers. Secondly, his man cover technique is very good. He’s physical when he needs to be, but he also displays a good football IQ, finding space to allow him to keep a good angle on the QB. Lastly, he’s good at reading body signals; the eye’s and arms of a receiver to tell him when the ball is coming. He won’t average 10 interceptions a season, but he will become a solid, dependable corner with all the rights tools to succeed in the NFL.
2)Jalen Tabor: Tabor reminds me a bit of Richard Sherman. He’ll bring size, speed, and swagger to whatever team drafts him. Part of an extremely deep and talented Florida defense, at times he was the best player on the field. He’s got some off the field issues and doesn’t always seem willing to make a hard tackle, but he’s the real deal. Another excellent man coverage corner, Tabor is a fantastic prospect.
3)Jordan Thomas: A lot top corner in this year’s draft seems to be the same from a physical perspective. Thomas is the next 6’0”, 192 lbs corner no one seems to be talking about. Another season in the passer friendly big 12 should bring him to light. Thomas displays pretty much every aspect you’d want in a corner, including the rare combination of size and speed that allows him to play the ball even if he’s been beat off the line. Thomas is another corner with top 10 potential, and he’ll do big things in the NFL.
4)Desmond King: If I had to pick a pro comparison for King, Asante Samuel would be a pretty good one. King will fall into the late teens or early twenties in the draft, but only because he projects best as a nickel corner. King was fantastic in 2015, and I see no reason why he won’t build on that in 2016. King is the only 5’11”, but his football IQ and ball hawking abilities means he’ll be a very good NFL corner.
5)Jourdan Lewis: If you pay attention to anything Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller does (you should), you’ll know that he has the Eagles taking Lewis with the 25th overall pick and should it happen, it’s one that Eagles fans should be happy about. He could have entered that draft last year but he choose to return to school, something that should only help him. Lewis isn’t the most talented corner in this draft, and he’ll need a good season to cement himself as a first round pick but he does fit what into Schwartz’s scheme. A bit of a gambler (albeit a smart one), Lewis has good eyes and very good zone coverage ability. He’ll go later, but he’s still worthy of a first round pick.