Philadelphia Eagles draft: 3 Enticing second-round options

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Asante Samuel Jr., Cornerback, FSU. . player. 804. . .

It would be interesting to see the name Samuel on a Philadelphia Eagles jersey again.

Tell the truth. The selection of DeVonta Smith was so exhilarating that, in some ways, you actually forgot that the Philadelphia Eagles needed a cornerback for about two seconds. Then, it hit you. After trading one of those third-round picks (the 84th). Philly has nine picks left. They scored big with their first, but they still have a ton of holes to address, namely cornerback.

Asante Samuel Jr. could follow in the footsteps of his famous father. Asante Samuel Sr. played for the Birds from 2008 to 2011, earning a Second-team All-Pro nod in 2009 and a First-team All-Pro designation in 2010. He also earned three Pro Bowl nominations (2008-2009) during that time and shared the NFL’s lead in interceptions after the 2009 season.

Our staff here at ITI joked about nepotism factoring into the draft strategy once, but know this. Regardless of what his father has accomplished, Asante Samuel Jr. stands on his own two. If the Birds land him at 37, he and DeVonta Smith would both be key fixtures in an Eagles rebuild moving forward. They’ll also challenge for starting roles.