For the Philadelphia Eagles, day 2 of the NFL Draft culminated with the team’s third straight defensive selection, drafting West Virginia cornerback Rasul Douglas with the 99th overall pick.
Standing at 6-foot-2, 209 pounds, Douglas recorded eight interceptions in his final year with the Mountaineers, tied for the most in the entire FBS. Allowing just a 44 percent completion percentage in 2016, Douglas allowed just four touchdowns and a QB rating of 45.
Unlike Jones, who is faced with uncertainty regarding if/when he will be able to play in 2017, Douglas provides the Eagles with a defensive back that should see time right away.
An East Orange, NJ native, Douglas began his college career at Nassau Community College, playing there for two years before transferring to WVU. In two years in Morgantown, he recorded 77 tackles in addition to nine picks and two forced fumbles.
In a loaded group of cornerback prospects, the first-team All-Big 12 selection was considered as arguably one of the best playmakers in the entire groups, and gives Philly some much needed height in a secondary that struggled this past season.
His NFL.com draft profile highlighted his strengths, which included “sporting an angular frame with good overall length,“ “Very aware from zone coverage,” and “Reads quarterbacks drops and will break early to race ahead of slants and make a play on the throw.”
When asked about where Douglas was on their board, head coach Doug Pederson acknowledged that he was always on the team’s radar
“Rasul is one of the guys that was right there, it didn’t matter the position,” he said. “This is a good player here we could get our hands on and put in the mix.”
“We’re bringing him here to be a corner,” vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas added. “His production and they way that he competed at the senior bowl was eye opening for us.
“I love the way this guy competes. He was definitely on our radar before (the senior bowl). He’s a tough-minded kid.”
Not since 2002 when Philly drafted Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown have the Eagles drafted two corners in the first three rounds. Here’s to hoping the duo of Jones and Douglas can emulate the success their two predecessors were able to achieve.
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