This week, Malcolm Jenkins spoke with the Philadelphia media and was very complimentary of two cornerbacks in particular.
It’s been a great football life, to this point for Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. Unless, you’re from Ann Arbor, Michigan, it doesn’t get much better than getting an opportunity to play for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He, then, entered the NFL and won a Super Bowl in his rookie season with the New Orleans Saints. To some, it may seem as though success came easy, but it didn’t. He’s had to work for it, but if you think that success has made him forget his roots, you’re crazy.
Jenkins, in his short time with the Eagles has become one of the team’s leaders. He’s been designated as one of the guys the Philadelphia media is always willing to talk to. Just this week he had a chance to answer a few questions, and he was very specific about his desire for his team to think about the secondary with the 14th-overall pick.
“The Buckeye factor”
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The Buckeyes have seen a lot of on-field success recently thanks to some spectacular recruiting. Their formula is simple. They aren’t just taking guys who can play at the collegiate level. They’re searching for guys who can eventually play on Sundays. For Lattimore and Conley, that dream will become a reality on Thursday.
Both are seen as first-round talents. Lattimore may be and is seen by many as a top-15 selection. Ray Didinger named Conley as his prediction to be the Eagles selection at pick 14 in a recent mock draft.
What to do at pick 14:
With the upgrade the Eagles got on the offensive side of the ball during free agency and with the way the secondary got taken advantage of during the 2016 season, many hope NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces the name of a cornerback as the Eagles first round selection on Thursday.
WalterFootball.com was very complimentary in their analysis of Conley, stating “Conley recorded 26 tackles with eight passes broken up and four interceptions in 2016. He played well, and teams think he is a solid corner who could be a first-round pick. They like his size, quickness and versatility. Conley is a well-rounded prospect who does everything well. A general manager of a playoff team said they thought Conley would be a top-20 pick.”
Expect Lattimore to be off of the board, but Conley might still be available. If he is, he’s a safe and solid choice. Would Philly consider him at 14. Jenkins doesn’t seem like he’d complain.