Philadelphia Eagles: 5 Boom or bust late-round SEC defensive prospects

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873. . . . Leon O'Neal Jr., Safety, Aggies . . player

Yeah, the Philadelphia Eagles have a lot of safeties, but are they set?

Much like the linebacker corps, Philly’s safeties represent an interesting component. There are a lot of bodies, but there aren’t really that many long-term options.

Rodney McLeod is in the final year of a two-year deal. Anthony Harris is on a one-year deal. Philly also has Marcus Epps, Andrew Epps, and an unproven K’Von Wallace on the roster. That isn’t the most promising of scenarios.

Don’t be surprised if the Philadelphia Eagles select a safety in the 2021 NFL Draft, even if it appears that there’s no immediate need. If someone gets hurt, this unit will look different in a hurry. That’s why Texas A&M’s Leon O’Neal is intriguing.

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He’s six-foot-one. He’s about 210 pounds, and in 28 career games, he registered on the college football Richter scale with 103 tackles, seven pass deflections, and four interceptions. He got better every single year, and while he wasn’t asked to blitz much, there isn’t a reason to believe that he wouldn’t be able to do that too.