Philadelphia Eagles Draft Keys On Cornerback

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Nov 15, 2014; Fayetteville, AR, USA; LSU Tigers cornerback Jalen Collins (32) knocks Arkansas Razorbacks tight end Hunter Henry (84) out of bounds during the second half at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. The Arkansas Razorbacks defeat the LSU Tigers 17-0. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jalin Collins, cornerback, Louisianna State University

At 6’1″ 203 pounds, this cornerback from Louisianna State University would be just what the doctor ordered if he falls to us in the 1st round.   By the time the Eagles get to the draft board, I suspect top cornerback candidate Trae Waynes from Michigan State University will be long gone.   Collins has better upside.   The size and physical attributes he possesses places this young man at the top of any cornerback search.

His hips are fluid and he matches the speed of wide receivers well.

His downside?  Just ten starts from the position.  That shows up in his tape.   He is not comfortable in backpedaling, relying more upon running alongside the receiver.  While he gets his head around, he doesn’t always get an immediate fix on the ball.   These can be coached up in the NFL, on a team with enough patience and roster depth to await a potential first round cornerback to develop his natural talents.

In a system with multiple repetitions at all levels, the Philadelphia Eagles are arguably one of the teams best prepared to address this shortcoming.   But, he’s one of the darlings since the combine, and some project him coming off the board before the Eagles make their selection.   I disagree.  Despite his huge upside, possibly the highest of this draft class, the lack of experience will scare off any number of teams who need a starting cornerback NOW.

The Eagles can wait to develop this young man.  I hope they do.