The Philadelphia Eagles capitalize on an extra Day Two selection by continuing to add to their young depth in the secondary.
Round Two (via New Orleans Saints): Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State
Third-year defensive back Denzel Burke possesses a polished that can be hard to find at the college level. The Ohio State standout has started in all 28 games he has appeared in so far for the Buckeyes while displaying tremendous athletic ability and football IQ. Burke often showcases his fluidity and ability to stick to receivers and quickly mirror their routes and is one of the smoothest players in college football.
Burke could make a case to rise up draft boards if he can have a strong remainder of 2023, and a review of his film after the season could cause him to gain buzz closer to the draft. Despite his potential to go in the first round, at this point in the Draft process it seems like there is a decent chance Philly can snag Burke in the second round thanks to the New Orleans Saints.
Across over 1,300 total snaps and counting, Burke has been targeted 117 times by opposing quarterbacks. When targeted, Burke has allowed a 47.9 completion percentage, a passer rating of 65.8, and two touchdowns against two interceptions, according to Pro Football Focus' premium stats.
So far in 2023, Burke has allowed a 23.3 completion percentage, a 23.6 passer rating, and has one interception while having yet to allow a touchdown. He also has 23 passes defended and two interceptions in 28 games following Ohio State's 17-14 victory over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Burke has a chance to be the highest Roseman has selected a corner since he drafted former Washington Husky Sidney Jones at 43rd overall in 2017. While it may be uncharacteristic of the Eagles to take a corner in the top 50, it is not hard to see how Burke could easily transition to a solid defender in the secondary at the NFL level and provide some much-needed depth to an aging cornerback room.