Given that Safety is such a huge need for the Philadelphia Eagles, we all know all the big name safety prospects of the 2013 NFL Draft. I wanted to focus on some of the late round prospects that could possibly become this years "steal".
I am a big fan of the Seahawk hybrid defense, so my first two prospects are part of my search to find our very own Kam Chancellor. The rest will be traditional sized prospects.
Dexter McCoil: Tulsa, 6'4, 222lbs (physical specimen), 4.52 (40 yard dash, faster than Chancellor), Long wingspan, explosive athlete, recovery speed, ball skills, QB of the defense, big playmaking ability, basically everything you look for in an elite safety. The one Knock on him is he is a bigtime gambler. He will either come out of nowhere to get the most incredible interception that you have ever seen, or he will pay the price for gambling and get beat for a TD. He is said to grade out as a late 2nd-early 3rd round pick, but he is projected to go in the 6th.
2012:: 1st team conference USA selection, 91 tackles(59 solo), 5 INT, 9 PBU. Finished his career with 18 Interceptions which is a school record and is tied for the conference USA record for most career Int's.
This kid realy has all the talent in the world, all he needs is some good coaching to harness his ability and get him to take less ill advised gambles. 3 years from now, he could POSSIBLY be one of those ProBowlers everyone scratches their heads and wonders how he lasted until the 6th round. NFL comparison: Decoud or Dashon Goldson but more of a gambler.
Cooper Taylor: Richmond, 6'4 235lbs, (Proj. 40 time: 4.68). Plays with a high level of agression and physicality. Was once thought of as just an enforcer against the run, but starting to really impress with his ability in coverage, and closing speed on the ball. Good footwork. His instincts impressed, many people calling him the best defender on the East team at the Shrine game where he really helped increase his stock. Coaches were really impressed with the amount of info he quickly digested and executed. Big Hitter, sure tackler, impressive backpeddling and changing direction for a man his size. Rarely makes mental mistakes
2012: 78 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 5 TFL, 3 FF , 4 INT
Negatives: After a stellar Freshman season at Georgia Tech, he was a star on the rise. His sophmore season was derailed du to a heart condition(Wolff Parkinsons white syndrom) After treating the condition he transfered to Richmond where he picked off where he left off.
Cooper Taylor (Gtech) INT vs. FSU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkPa5yhR2Xo
Cooper Taylor Interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEX8432bcac
Having a hard time finding video on him, if anyone could provide links for Cooper, it would be a big help. Thanks
Rontez Miles California(PA) 6'0 205lb DII, Laron Landry type of Big Hitter, sure tackler, extremely fast, closing speed, ball skills, NFL starter at both safety positions, always around the ball, big playmaker type. LATE ROUND STEAL ALERT. Recruited by several SEC schools, grades forced him to go the community college route. His 40 time is said to be between a 4.43- 4.52. The combine will be very important for him. Pro day is 3/11/13. First player since 2002 to repeat (win 2 years in a row) as the PSAC WEST Defensive Player of the Year. Really good at blocking punts. Tries to murder people everytime he makes a tackle so you would think that he wouldnt be a sure tackler but its not the case. 1 scout said he saw him play a perfect game, and had only seen about 3-5 perfectly played games in his life. Took somewhat of a step back his senior year (some say he bought the hype after his stellar Junior season basically becoming a D2 Football GOD). Anxious to see how he performs at the combine.
Negatives: Seen him graded as a mid to early 4th rd pick but is projected 7th round. Inferior competition. Is he this fast, or is he playing against slower players? It hasn't happened yet, but scouts wonder when his agression will catch up to him in terms of penalties(it hasnt yet) and over persuing.
Rontez Miles vs. West Chester http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhSbXl-uJfs
Malcolm Bronson: McNeese St. 5'11, 195lb, rumored 4.39 (40speed), 40inch verticle. 1st team all southland 3 years in a row. Blazing speed, sure tackler, playmaker. Injury caused him to miss his senior year, so could go undrafted (was once thought of as highly as a potential 2nd round talent). Interesting to see if he can rebound.
Bronson vs. MTSU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRwsTiePsCU
Hopefully this wasn't to bad for my first fanpost. Would appreciate any feedback on the fanpost and/or the prospects
For me personally, I really hope the Eagles draft Dexter McCoil. I believe in that kid. when the worst thing anyone can say about him is that he gambles too much...We can work with that.. McCoil and Jarius Byrd? Our very own Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor? Did I just compare what will be an undrafted rookie to Kam Chancellor? lol time to end this post before I get more carried away.
If you guys enjoyed this, I will do a late round edition for all the Eagles position of need: OLB,DT,NT,OT,G