Trusted NFL voice compares 3 Philadelphia Eagles CB prospects

Daniel Jeremiah (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
Daniel Jeremiah (Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports) /

Sometimes, you can learn a lot about your favorite team while paying attention to the comings and goings of a rival. The NFC East was, without question, the NFL’s worst division in 2021 All four teams had equal opportunity to both win the crown and lose it. Now, Philadelphia Eagles fans are hoping the NFL Draft will allow their squad an opportunity to improve.

They pick 12th, right after the Dallas Cowboys (10th) and the New York Giants (11th), but here’s what’s interesting. Each team has similar needs, though you can argue the Cowboys have their wide receiver position figured out.

That leads to other discussions. The Cowboys need cornerback help. The Giants could use a cover guy and a receiver. There’s a possibility that, after both teams make their selections, Philly could miss out on one of the wideouts they were eyeing or, even worse, both of the cornerback prospects that they were probably eyeing (Patrick Surtain and Jaycee Horn).

If you’re wondering why there are rumors about the Eagles trading up, look no further, but here’s something else. It makes some wonder why they even traded out of the sixth pick in the first place. We all knew where the Cowboys and Giants were selecting two months ago.

A trusted NFL voice speaks on two guys the Philadelphia Eagles and Giants want.

Some of you might be less impressed with Amari Cooper than you were a year or so ago. He does have a tendency to disappear at times, but collectively, his presence with CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup gives Dallas a formidable trio.

As mentioned that probably means that they probably don’t take a wideout. They could take a cover guy though. Then, there are the Giants. Who’s to say that they’d pass on DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle if they fall? Who’s to say they don’t add one of the selection meeting’s premier cover guys.

Both scenarios are possible, and in a recent discussion with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah compared Surtain to Horn from a Philadelphia Eagles standpoint. Here’s how he thinks both grade.

"I think (the Eagles are) in a spot for the top corner… There’s a couple of different ways they can go, but I would think if Patrick Surtain II is there, you just turn in the card. To me, he’s a high floor, high-ceiling guy, and you put him opposite of Darius Slay and off you go. He’s just clean."

So, how does he compare Surtain to two other top-rated Eagles prospect, Jaycee Horn and Caleb Farley? Here’s where Jeremiah is when asked about how they stack against one another.

"If Farley didn’t have back issues, I would have him as the top corner. I think he’s the most talented guy… Jaycee Horn is right there. So, I have those guys (Surtain and Horn) very close to each other… To me, I wouldn’t have any problem with either one of those. To me, I think those are outstanding players and they’ve done it in the SEC against really top-notch competition. They’re complete corners. They can run. To me, it’s splitting hairs. If you go Surtain, some teams might like Jaycee Horn… I don’t think there’s a wrong answer."

Here are a couple of other things to chew on as Philadelphia Eagles fans.

Just to restate, Jeremiah says Farley is the best prospect if he’s healthy. The Birds don’t want to take that risk, do they? The answer to that is probably no.

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With that being said, if you’re taking everything Jeremiah says as the gospel. No one would call you crazy if you did. Slot Patrick Surtain II as your best corner. Place Horn right behind him at two, or you can call them 1a and 1b. The draft is less than a week away!