Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
In a class as deep as this one, it would be irresponsible for the Eagles not to take multiple cornerbacks. In most draft classes, a player like Awuzie could potentially be a first-round pick. But this year is obviously an exception.
Awuzie had a solid combine performance, running the 40 in 4.43 seconds. The Eagles would likely be thrilled to land the 6’0″, 205-pound corner. Apparently, the feeling would be mutual.
Here is a scouting report on Awuzie, courtesy of NFL.com:
"STRENGTHS: Fluid, controlled steps with easy change of direction allows for extended mirroring from press. Decent jam to disrupt. Carries smooth backpedal downfield with excellent mirror-and-match footwork in man coverage. Digests route combinations from zone and makes wise choices. Athletic with suddenness in his movements. Springy feet allow for abrupt click and close to the throw. Opens and swivels hips for desired transition in all directions. Experienced outside and from slot. Able to maintain coverage on shifty slot receivers. Instinctive with feel for route development. Possesses short-area closing burst. Confident on an island. Finds receiver on deep balls and gets head turned around. Dangerous slot blitzer with seven sacks over final two seasons at Colorado. WEAKNESSES: Short strider who is quicker than fast. Appears to lack long, recovery speed if beaten over top. Feels smaller than his listed size. Can be handsy down the field with pulls and tugs that turn into flags as a pro. Managed just three interceptions in college. Run support is lacking. Could use more aggressiveness and commitment when stepping downhill to tackle. Passes on the big hit and allows tight ends and big receivers to power through tackle attempts."