There may not be a better second-day cornerback option for the Eagles than Kyler Gordon.
We spend tons of time discussing the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles don’t put much stock into finding great linebackers and for good reason, but let’s not behave as though they have this handle on the cornerback position. If not for the brilliance that we saw from Darius Slay in 2021 and the consistent play that Philly’s defense got from Avonte Maddox, we’d probably be beating these guys up more than we already do.
The Eagles haven’t taken a cornerback in the first round of any NFL Draft since they went with Lito Sheppard in 2002. We’ve seen them add guys late from time to time, Ronald Darby and Steven Nelson for instance, but after waiting until Round 4 to take a cover guy in 2021’s NFL Draft, Zech McPhearson, when there was an obvious and immediate need at the position, we’d hate to see them wait until Round 3 or later again. With that being said, Kyler Gordon is the choice at 51.
We figure that Ahmad Gardner and Derek Stingley will long be off of everyone’s big board. We figure that Trent McDuffie and Andrew Booth will already have heard their names called, and frankly, we see Gordon as being better equipped to step into the lineup immediately than Roger McCreary, Kaiir Elam, or Akayleb Evans.