Infusing youth at cornerback needs to be a priority with Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones becoming free agents next offseason. In addition, Nickell Robey-Coleman is on a one-year deal and Avonte Maddox has just two years remaining on his deal.
When it comes to the draft, Troy Pride Jr. could fix that problem and give the Eagles a prospect for the future.
Pride is one of the better man-coverage corners in this class and did not give up more than two passes over 20 yards in 2019, according to Pro Football Focus.
His fluid hips and route recognition are major factors in his success. Most Notre Dame products are praised for their hard work ethic along with football IQ, and Pride has exactly that.
Philadelphia needs guys who will give everything they’ve got and go the extra mile to succeed, which Pride seems capable of entering the NFL.
Pride also possesses good size and measurables. Running a 4.40 40-yard dash is impressive for a five-foot-eleven corner. His 6.94 three-cone drill was also a strong display of his ability to change direction quickly and that mark ranked fourth among cornerbacks this year.
Even though Pride still needs work with quick routes, contested catches, red zone coverage, and tackling, he will have plenty of time to learn.
With a pick like this, Philadelphia can try their luck with a mid-round cornerback rather than placing pressure on another guy with a higher pick. Pride will have time to develop under Marquand Manuel if he were to get a shot with the Eagles at No. 103 in the third round.