Why do the Philadelphia Eagles continue to have cornerbacks sent their way in 2019 NFL mock drafts?
The common theme of the Philadelphia Eagles taking a cornerback in mock drafts this year has been quite puzzling. Although the Eagles struggled with their secondary in 2018, a lot of that has to do with injuries. Remember, at one point, the Eagles were trotting out AAF stars, and guys who could barely make a practice squad on a lousy team. It’s unfortunate, but it had to happen because of injuries. Not because of poor play from those guys in the secondary.
I get that depth would be critical since the Eagles got to that position where they had to sign random guys in the first place. But one thing that many people forget was that the Eagles have good depth at cornerback. Unfortunately, at a certain point, the depth ended up getting injured.
Once that happens, you have no choice but to sign and pray. Last season was rough for the Eagles secondary, but it all eventually came together. And now that everybody is healthy (for the most part), the Eagles are pretty rich in depth when it comes to cornerback.
Before the Eagles brought Ronald Darby back into the picture, it was still a bit shocking to see that many analysts were claiming the Eagles would take a defensive back that isn’t a safety. Without Darby, the Eagles had at least five cornerbacks, who are worthy of competing for a starting spot. Not to mention, all five of those players are still on their rookie contracts.
Then, the Eagles shockingly still brought Darby back to make it six cornerbacks, who are going to battle it out for a key position. Yet, the Eagles are still viewed as a team who could potentially take a cornerback in round one. It’s shocking, but we’ve been surprised before. So without further ado, let’s check out Pro Football Focus’ latest first-round mock draft pick for the Eagles.