Watch the one play that should have Eagles fans salivating about rookie Quinyon Mitchell

Don't entertain thoughts of doubting Quinyon Mitchell simply because he wasn't the product of a Power Five Conference.
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The champ is here! Okay, maybe that's a tad dramatic. Quinyon Mitchell is uber-talented. The Philadelphia Eagles landed the guy most saw as the top cornerback prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft class. We'll see how things go. There... That sounds a lot better!

We're a long way from the start of the regular season, so let's avoid placing too much on the young man too early. Here's what we can say though. Rook certainly checks all of the boxes.

He has size (he's six-foot-tall and tips the scales at 196 pounds). He's going to be hard to beat in a foot race. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. What is there not to like?

Here's the thing though. He's an Eagle now, so everything from every snap he takes to how he chews gum will be critiqued and criticized.

Here's something to get your adrenaline pumping if you have doubts about new Eagles cornerback Quinyon Mitchell.

Here's a knock if you'd call it such. Quinyon Mitchell cut his teeth at Toledo while playing at the NCAA level. The Rockets aren't what you'd call a traditional NCAA powerhouse. The Mid-American Conference isn't one of the Power Five. As a result, guys like Terrion Arnold come across as being more battle-tested.

Arnold's former squad, the Alabama Crimson Tide, plays better competition as members of the SEC than Mitchell would have faced while playing at Toledo. Don't spend too much time on that though if it has crossed your mind.

Mitchell impressed at the Senior Bowl. His competition found out he was game early and often, but if you still aren't convinced, check out this clip. It features Mitchell locking horns with former Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison, regarded by many to be the best wide receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft class.

Now, if that translates to the professional level and we see consistency, Mitchell will be very good for a very long time. We believe he'll be fine.

Mitchell stacked First-Team All-MAC honors twice (2022,2023) after collecting 123 tackles, six interceptions, a school-record 45 pass breakups, a sack, and a forced fumble in 43 games at the collegiate level. draft expert Lance Zeirlein gives him a draft grade of 6.47.

That means he'll be a good starter within two years. He names Steven Nelson as his NFL comp, but Mitchell's ceiling might be higher than Nelson's. We'll revisit that theory later. Again, we have to remember this is a rookie from a small school. There's a learning curve.

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