Ranking Eagles top draft prospects at safety (once Kyle Hamilton is taken)

Kyle Hamilton #DB51, Notre Dame (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
Kyle Hamilton #DB51, Notre Dame (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images) /
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Bryan Cook #6, Cincinnati Bearcats (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images) /

Bryan Cook, Cincinnati . 6. player. 830. . .

Verone McKinley and Bryan Cook must be among the Eagles’ top safety targets.

Following the 2019 and 2020 NCAA football seasons, there wasn’t much to evaluate in terms of Bryan Cook. He appeared in a mere seven games and contributed 28 tackles and two pass breakups to the Cincinnati Bearcats’ cause before the switch flipped in 2021, his fifth year with the program.

The six-foot-one, 210-pound First-Team All-AAC nod stacked 96 tackles including 57 of the solo variety and five that resulted in a loss of yardage. Add that to a sack, two interceptions, and nine pass breakups. You can best believe he’s on the Eagles’ draft board.

. . Verone McKinley III, Oregon Ducks. 5. player. 820.

Truthfully, we don’t know why being five-foot-ten and 196 pounds is okay for some of these prospects and a death sentence for others, but there appears to be a bit of an issue with Verone McKinley‘s physical frame. All we know is this fella is a ball-hawk in every sense of the word.

In 2021, during 14 games with the Oregon Ducks, he racked up 77 tackles, six interceptions, six pass breakups, and a forced fumble. He’d be a nice find on Day 2 of the NFL Draft or, at worst, the early portion of Day 3.