John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE
As we have highlighted in on our DB Watch series, defensive backs are at a premium for the Eagles this offseason. It is not a matter of if they have the need, but more, how much need to do they really have. Is Nate Allen a lost cause? Will DRC be resigned? Is Nnamdi Asomugha going to be let go?
The questions surrounding the defensive backs on the Eagles roster have not and probably will not go away for a few more weeks, but the one thing is for certain, the Birds need help in the defensive backfield (DB Watch 2013). With the final day of the Combine finally here, fans, scouts and coaches will get an opportunity to take a closer look at some of the best options at upgrading their secondaries.
The performances of FSU's Xavier Rhodes, Alabama's Dee Milliner, Florida's Matt Elam, and FIU's Jonathan Cyprien are likely to dictate whether the Eagles jump for a defensive back in the early rounds, so those prospects will be important to keep an eye on. Make sure to obviously pay attention to the prospects' 40-yard dash and shuttle times. Also, the position drills will be important to look at because a lot of these prospects have not been asked to back pedal all that much during their college careers.
Let's take a look at some cornerback options:
|Johnthan Banks||Miss. St.||6'2"||185|
|Jordan Poyer||Oregon St.||6'0"||191|
|Robert Alford||SE Louisiana||5'10"||188|
|Will Davis||Utah St.||5'11"||186|
|B.W. Webb||William & Mary||5'10"||184|
Here is a look at some safety targets:
|Phillip Thomas||Fresno State||6'0"||208|
|DJ Swearinger||South Carolina||5'10"||208|
*Interesting note: Shamarko Thomas bench pressed 225 (12 more pounds than he weighs) 28 times on Monday.
Follow Mike Kaye on Twitter @mike_e_kaye. He will be running commentary throughout Tuesday's Combine drills.