Ranking potential Eagles 1st-round cornerback prospects that make sense

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What if the Eagles wait until Round 2 to take a cornerback?

The 2022 NFL Draft class may not be loaded with quarterbacks, but the Birds should be able to find a suitable starting corner come next April. Now, as always, there are questions with some of the better prospects that are available. Let’s get into a few.

Josh Jobe (Alabama), Kaiir Elam (Florida), and Roger McCreary (Auburn) will all, more than likely, be ranked ahead of Tennessee Volunteers standout Alontae Taylor on the draft boards, but Taylor might be someone worth scouting for this Eagles team.

Jobe has played at an above-average level for Alabama in 2021, but he needs to be more consistent as he’s been on the wrong side of some lapses in coverage. Elam looks the part. He’s six-foot-one and 187 pounds, but concerns about his speed could jeopardize his draft status.

McCreary’s lack of size could pigeonhole him into the slot cornerback role at the next level. Here’s the thing though. The Birds just gave Avonte Maddox a bunch of money to do that job.

Taylor racked up more than 160 total tackles while tallying four picks and three forced fumbles in 44 career games at the NCAA level. At six-foot-tall and 192 pounds, if that transfers to the next level, a very real possibility, he’ll be a problem for NFL offenses for years to come. He should still be on the board in Round 2 if Philadelphia is interested.