Philadelphia Eagles 2023 mock draft 2.0: Free agency frenzy edition

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Emmanuel Forbes. player. Scouting Report. CB. 30. 54. Pick Analysis. Mississippi State

Emmanuel Forbes is a future NFL star. Are the Philadelphia Eagles paying attention?

After adding Murphy to be the eventual long-term replacement for Brandon Graham with the 10th pick, the Philadelphia Eagles will be free to fill their needs in the secondary with the 30th pick in the first round of the Draft. It is seeming more and more inevitable by the day that the Eagles will have to reload the secondary this offseason, and Emmanuel Forbes is a perfect prospect to start with.

We’ve already discussed why Forbes should be high on Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles’ radar this Spring, and Forbes did more to build on his impressive scouting report at the Combine. His 40-yard dash of 4.35 seconds was tied for the third fastest time among corners, and his vertical jump of 37.5″ and his broad jump of 10’11” beat out both Penn State’s Joey Porter Jr. and Alabama’s Brian Branch.

Forbes possesses the physical skill to find success in the NFL. With a 6’0″ 166 lbs build, Forbes may be lighter than most NFL cornerbacks, but he uses his light weight to his advantage. Forbes’ quickness was a big part of him breaking an FBS record with six pick-sixes in his career at Mississippi State with plays such as the following.

Forbes also had a total of 14 interceptions in his three years as a Bulldog, the most of any FBS player over that time. But Forbes didn’t get himself interceptions at the expense of making routine plays. His average yards allowed in 2022 was 9.2 yards per catch, a mark better than Illionis’ Devin Witherspoon’s 9.4 yards per catch and Oregon’s Christian Gonzalez’s 10.7 yards per catch. Forbes also had a passer rating allowed of 44.7, better than Joey Porter Jr.’s mark of 63.6 and Chrisitan Gonzalez’s mark of 74.7, according to Pro Football Focus.

Forbes is currently ranked as the 38th prospect, and he may be a name that falls outside of the first round in many Mock Drafts. However, players such as wide receiver DeVonta Smith prove that some of the NFL’s leanest players can also make the biggest plays.