11 under the radar NFL Combine prospects that fill immediate Eagles needs

Here are a couple handfuls of prospects the Eagles should be monitoring that played at schools we don't discuss often.

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Max Melton (Rutgers), T.J. Tampa (Iowa State) & Carlton Johnson (Fresno State), cornerbacks

Before the Eagles selection of Kelee Ringo, we heard a few guys pick his game apart a little here and there. Once we got passed that pass interference/facemask incident in Arlington, he settled in well, but past him, the Eagles' young cornerbacks provide more questions than answers.

Zech McPhearson is in a contract season. Former undrafted additions are on the roster, but maybe it's time to look around. Max Melton, T.J. Tampa, and Carlton Johnson all look the part of NFL cornerbacks. The questions are about whether or not they play like NFL cornerbacks.

Melton is a potential day-two draftee, but he's also five-foot-eleven and 193 pounds. He's Michael Vick'ds size, so he probably grades out like a slot cornerback.

Tampa (six-foot-two, 200 pounds) stacked 44 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups in 2023. Johnson (five-foot-ten, 169 pounds) is another potential option for the slot. He tallied 54 tackles, four interceptions, and seven pass breakups in 2023.

Kitan Oladapo (Oregon State) & Malik Mustapha (Wake Forest), safeties

Kevin Byard is too expensive and needs to go. We like Reed Blankenship, but if we're being honest, he's limited. Sydney Brown is potentially a better player than Reed but will probably spend the initial parts of the regular season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) and, maybe, the IR (injured reserve). It stands to reason that we should check out a few safeties.

Kitan Oladapo (six-foot-two, 219 pounds) did his thing in 2023. 73 tackles, two interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble, and seven pass breakups were the results of his efforts.

Malik Mustapha (five-foot-nine, 210 pounds) racked up 80 tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in 2023. Both could provide immediate impact and maybe push the starters for playing time.

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