At six-foot-two and 200 pounds, Central Arkansas cornerback Robert Rochell has the size, as well as the tools to be a real get for the Philadelphia Eagles. It has been well documented that, in the City of Brotherly Love, the Birds are lacking in the defensive secondary. Three-time Pro Bowler Darius Slay is a great player and a nice building block for this team, but he needs help, There’s no one else in this secondary that teams fear.
An argument could be made that the cornerback position is the team’s biggest need, one that the Shreveport native could help fill with his size and skill set. While he looks like the player you create on EA’s Madden game, he’s much more than a big guy that looks the part. He possesses the talent to be a true shutdown corner at the highest level.
In his own words, here’s a quote Philadelphia Eagles fans will like.
We at ITI spoke with the Central Arkansas product and asked him about his playing style and what he brings to an NFL team. Here is what he had to say:
"I am a guy that can play all over the defense if the coaches need me to. I will play in the box and help against the run or drop back to safety if they need me to. I know I have the skill set to be successful across the board as well as the football IQ to play anywhere. I am a real student of the game and I take it very seriously and am always trying to get better."
Rochell also discussed his chances of excelling at the highest level of competition.
"I think at the next level in the NFL, I am going to be a guy that is always working to be the best version of myself. I am always going to be a guy that wants to be in (the game) when the big play is needed, or (when it comes done to someone) needing to make a play. I want to make that play, and I want to help my teammate at every level. It doesn’t matter if we are in zone or man or whatever. None of that matters to me really. I just want to play ball."
A quick quote that could interest Philadelphia Eagles fans.
Before we sat down with the pride of Central Arkansas we at ITI reached out to a scouting source for a quick quote. He didn’t want to be mentioned by name, but this is what he had to say:
"I like Rochell. I really do man. I think he is a guy you don’t hear a lot about, but he is a really good one. He really is. He is a guy you can trust on an island by himself, and you know he is going to make a play. I feel like he will be a great player in the NFL, and if the Philadelphia Eagles were to land him he would be a guy that could probably fight to start right away. He is a competitor truly, and that is all you can ask for in a player. He is that and so much more. He is going to be fun to watch he has been, and I think he could be a star in the right situation."
The Philadelphia Eagles need to address the cornerback position this offseason, especially during the 2021 NFL Draft. The Louisiana product could be a guy that could help their defense ascend to what we saw when Jim Johnson is pacing the sidelines. All you need to do is watch the film on Rochell, and you can see his potential. He’s someone we should all keep an eye on.