Philadelphia Eagles seven-round NFL mock draft: February edition

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. player. 886. . . . Round 3, Richie Grant

The Philadelphia Eagles find versatility with defensive back Richie Grant.

For some reason, it took a great week in Mobile at the Reese’s Senior Bowl for the football world to really start praising University of Central Florida defensive back Richie Grant’s play. He’s capable of being a true plug-and-play prospect, and he’s just as good a cornerback as he is a safety.

In true Malcolm Jenkins fashion, Grant can be used in a bevy of ways, which something a defensive coordinator could use to his advantage.

Whether you consider him at safety or at cornerback, Grant can be successful at either position, so our advice would be to play him and get out of his way. Former defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz attempted to use Jalen Mills in the same manner that he used former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, and that led to mixed results. Grant has the ability to be a week-to-week match-up tool for the defense and a player who has natural playmaking ability.

The potential of adding Richie Grant and Patrick Surtain to a secondary that already features Darius Slay gives the Philadelphia Eagles a defensive backfield that could wreak havoc versus the rest of the NFL.