Talent plus a possible slide could represent value for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The Eagles don’t seem to be solving that ‘who should play opposite of Darius Slay’ riddle. As you know, a man that was expected to play safety all season, Jalen Mills, lined up over there on Sunday Night Football in Week 4. There’s been no word as to whether or not he asked for a new deal before doing so.
Sorry about that one. It was hard to resist.
The Eagles are still a mess at cornerback, outside of ‘Big Play’ of course. Avonte Maddox might be fragile physically. Cre’Von LeBlanc is well-loved but isn’t much of a tackler. Nickell Robey Coleman isn’t what fans were hoping he’d be. Where in the world did this ‘Slot God’ stuff come from?
There’s also this to consider. LeBlanc, Mills, and ‘NRC’ are all on one-year deals. Don’t be surprised if, again, we’re all talking about revamping Philly’s cornerback room next offseason. It’s become sort of a tradition. If the ‘Birds’ are interested, Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley presents some value.
Most of you are probably thinking this is a Day 1 guy, and you may be right. No one would be shocked if his name is called in Round 1, but after tearing his ACL in 2017 and sitting out of the season and having a bad year in 2018, Farley looked good in 2019. Then, we heard he had back issues. Farley elected to sit out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, and that’s completely understandable, but it also means there are a few things to think about.
It isn’t farfetched to state only having one year of good film and all of those injury concerns could force the young man to slide. While taking him in Round 1 is both believable and a risk, having him available in Round 2 or later might be a prospect a team in need of cornerbacks can’t ignore (and the ITI staff thinks later is a possibility). In many minds, he’s slightly ahead of Clemson’s Derion Kendrick in his development. Keep an eye on him.