In 2013, the Philadelphia Eagles invested heavily in the cornerback position, adding two talented new starters Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams. CB Bradley Fletcher is coming off his best season since entering the league, recording 69 tackles and forcing two interceptions. Cary Williams has been equally effective this season, recording one sack, 67 tackles, and three interceptions. Despite the Eagles apparent upgrade in their cornerback position this year, this position could be strengthened even more by selecting a young, athletic playmaker in the 2014 NFL Draft.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah has the Eagles selecting cornerback Darqueze Dennard from Michigan State, in his latest mock draft. Dennard is considered by some the best cornerback in year’s draft class, and definitely the most consistent.
Here is what the NFL Scouting Report has to say about him:
Dennard is one of the more consistent players in this draft class. He has good size and is physical in press coverage. If he does get beat off the line, he has enough speed to recover. He does have a little stiffness when he flips his hips but it’s not glaring. In off-coverage, he has a fluid pedal and he is quick to key/read/drive on throws in front of him. He made plays on the ball in every game I viewed. He is also a very aggressive run-defender. He works through blockers and is a very reliable tackler.”
With Brandon Boykin locked in as the team’s third cornerback and only $3 million guaranteed to Fletcher and William next year, it would be easy to move either of the starting cornerbacks.
Should the Eagles utilize their first round draft pick on Dennard?