Might the Philadelphia Eagles move on from Rodney McLeod? There are several interesting NCAA prospects in the NFL Draft if they decide that’s an option.
Just look at the stat line. Here’s a guy who played in 49 games for the Philadelphia Eagles and started in every single one of them, Add that to 221 total tackles with 163 solo stops and five tackles that resulted in a loss of yardage. All of that came from the safety position. That’s sometimes what career totals look like for some of the best NCAA prospects, and it’s also what Rodney McLeod has done in his brief time in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’.
He’s also picked off eight passes, defended 23successfully, and forced four fumbles. Last year was arguably his best in an Eagles jersey, but it was also the last year of his current deal.
His place in the hearts of Eagles fans is assured, but a roster spot in 2020 isn’t.
Shortly after the close of the 2019-2020 season, team vice president and general manager, Howie Roseman, expressed that there’s a desire across the board to get younger, faster, and less expensive. Allowing their 29-year-old safety to walk does that (he turns 30 in June), but it leaves a huge hole in Philly’s defense.
If that’s the plan, the ‘Birds’ will have options in the upcoming draft to find a replacement. Here are ten of the best in the country.