The addition of Rasul Douglas gives the Eagles’ secondary another play maker that they’ve been looking for.
Too many, the Eagles’ selection of Rasul Douglas raised some question marks. Unless you’re a fan of the West Virginia Mountaineers, you probably haven’t seen much of the young man, but anonymity eventually led to his name’s announcement. He now joins a draft class that has Philadelphia Eagles fans and supporters excited about the 2017 NFL season and this team’s future.
Douglas is huge for a cornerback. Try 6-foot-2 and 209 pounds on for size. If you’re concerned that his size may mean he lacks speed and agility, don’t be. A time of 4.59-seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 120-inch broad jump and a 33.5 inch vertical at the most recent NFL Combine should lay that theory to rest. Throw in 16 reps on the bench press, and you’ve got everything a defensive coordinator could ask for. He can play “bump and run” at the line, and he can turn his hips and run with receivers in coverage.
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Here’s some of what NFL.com had to say in his draft profile:
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” (Douglas) is a finisher when the ball is there to be had and flashed ball skills of a pro. (He) plays with strong hands and is able to go up high and win the 50-50 balls and needs very little time to have hands interception-ready. (He displays) good recognition of route combinations and will shift from pattern to pattern. (He’s) not a physical tackler but gets guys down. (His) length allows him to catch stray running backs breaking contain.”
All things considered, it appears Douglas has the tools to succeed at the highest level of football. His journey has taken him from junior college to being named first-team All-Big 12. This followed his senior season, where he tied for the top interception total in the nation with eight. Now he’s a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Think about this for a second. The Eagles could field Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones at the cornerback position for years to come. Doesn’t sound too bad does it? We thought you’d agree.