Philadelphia Eagles may have elite depth thanks to Zech McPhearson

Zech McPhearson #27, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Zech McPhearson #27, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

It has only been a week since the Philadelphia Eagles hit the ground running, but one rookie is standing out in all the right ways. Former Texas Tech Red Raider and this year’s fourth-round pick Zech McPhearson has turned heads early and often. Despite drafting potential superstar wide receiver DeVonta Smith, in the first round this year. It’s been the young cornerback that has gotten the lion’s share of the praise in training camp.

His teammates and coaches agree. While Smith may be the favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors, McPhearson might wind up being the most valuable rookie that Philly has on the roster, in year one anyway.

When the 2021 NFL Draft came reached its conclusion, McPhearson almost seemed like an afterthought for Philadelphia Eagles fans and the media alike. Through no fault of his own, the five-foot-eleven defensive back wasn’t exactly welcomed with open arms by the Eagles faithful.

Still, like any good athlete, McPhearson put his head down and waited his turn to show what he could do. It’s only been about a week of practice (at the time of this story being written and published), but McPhearson has already shown flashes of a being potential draft steal.

The Philadelphia Eagles may have elite depth with Zech McPhearson.

Heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, the Eagles had a truck-sized hole opposite Darius Slay. What seemed like an issue that would never be alleviated forced the front office to try and desperately fix their secondary.

General Manager Howie Roseman struck gold when he traded for Slay but still struggled to find a companion piece. After years of fielding what seemed to be a revolving door of corners, the issue may finally be solved with the addition of Steven Nelson and the unexpected emergence of Zech McPhearson. Philly’s secondary may have elite depth.

Darius Slay is the obvious star in the unit, but after signing Steven Nelson, and after witnessing the emergence of the Birds’ fourth-round selection, the knowledge that he’ll be added to a scary secondary that features one of the best one-two punches at safety (Rodney Mcleod and Anthony Harris) means the Philadelphia Eagles have potentially the best defensive backfield in the NFC East.

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McPhearson has what Philadelphia Eagles fans want. Talent! We know it is still early, but all Philadelphia Eagles fans deserve some good news for a change. This Baltimore native has been a breath of fresh air early on during training camp.

Despite the low expectations of the mid-round draft pick. Zech McPhearson has turned all the right heads, and he’s done so by doing all the right things. It may be too early to call him a star, but it is obvious that he has all the talent to be the player fans have been waiting for.