NFL Draft analyst is already predicting postseason awards for Quinyon Mitchell

Quinyon Mitchell gets a tremendous nod from one of pro football's most respected draft voices.
Quinyon Mitchell, Philadelphia Eagles
Quinyon Mitchell, Philadelphia Eagles / Todd Rosenberg/GettyImages

Typically, being ranked as one of the top prospects at your position guarantees that you'll be one of the players that lands with one of the NFL's bottom feeders. Quinyon Mitchell and Cooper DeJean got lucky. Both were seen as top-five targets by most of the reputable draft experts. Both landed with a contender, the Philadelphia Eagles.

Many in the know went so far as to slot them as the 2024 selection meeting's first and second-ranked corners. They went in rounds one and two to Philly which has forced some to ask, jokingly of course, if Howie Roseman is cheating during the process.

Seriously though... After landing Jalen Carter AND Nolan Smith in 2023 during the first round, how did Philly get so lucky as to grab Mitchell DeJean? DeJean was recently mentioned as someone who could potentially have first-round impact. Recently, an ESPN NFL Draft wiz placed a higher ceiling on Mr. Mitchell.

NFL Draft analyst Matt Miller believes Quinyon Mitchell has the stuff to

If you're feeling like most and it seems the release of the 2024-2025 schedule is taking forever to arrive, we recommend some solid reading. ESPN released its take on teams that made an instant impact during the most recent NFL Draft.

The brains of many of their top NFL insiders were picked. One of the topics of discussion was early picks for pro football's Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Draft analyst Matt Miller casts his vote for the 22nd-overall selection Quinyon Mitchell.

The following is some of what he said to explain his reasoning for saying so.

"Realistically, either cornerback picked in the top 40 by the Eagles (Mitchell or Cooper DeJean) would be a good selection, but Mitchell's speed and ball skills make him the favorite. Philly can get after the quarterback, creating good opportunities for Mitchell to grab interceptions on errant passes."

We're going to assume that this means Miller believes that the Eagles move on from James Bradberry or he gets benched. Following the 2024 NFL Draft, you may not have difficulty getting some Eagles fans to believe you if arguing the same theory.

Bradberry often follows off years with better seasons. There's also some belief that if Vic Fangio uses him properly (perhaps as a zone corner that plays off coverage), James could erase some of the doubts he's been hearing.

Regardless of your take, Mitchell, DeJean, and Kelee Ringo are part of Philly's plans for the future. We all feel better about the Eagles' secondary than we did a month ago, but that begs the question.

When might we see Mitchell and DeJean take some significant snaps? The 'sooner rather than later' approach might prove the Birds' best option.

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