The Eagles will have an opportunity to take a top cornerback in the first or even second round in April. They could double up and grab another in the later rounds. Today we’ll look at some of the higher profile mid-to-late round CBs and some with size to play on the outside that might be later picks for the Eagles.
Jeremy Cutrer, Middle Tennessee State
JuCo transfer in 2015 and hit the ground running as a corner and on special teams, starting 9 of his 10 games played and ending the season with 3 interceptions, 13 passes defensed and 2 blocked field goals. He’ll need to add some weight at 170 pounds, but at 6’2” and with good athleticism (he played both ways at Mississippi Gulf Coast), he’ll get his looks in the NFL. A background to root for as he survived some of the worst of Hurricane Katrina.
Treston DeCoud, Oregon State
DeCoud bounced around and showed up and played well. Started at D-II Chadron State (Don Beebe and Danny Woodhead are alums), then transferred to Northwest Mississippi CC to be closer to his mother while she fought cancer (she made a full recovery) before moving to Oregon State in 2015. Started 18 of 23 games in two years. At 6’2” 203 pounds and ascending in his two years in Corvallis, he’ll draw interest. Cousin of former Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud.
Corn Elder, Miami
Tremendous athlete, recruited to Miami to play both fooball (as a running back) and basketball. Moved to cornerback and saw regular playing time as a true freshman, then chose to stick to football early in his sophomore year. At 5’10” 179 pounds and the shortest wingspan of CBs at the Senior Bowl, his future is in the slot. Corn is just a nickname, his actual name is Cornelius.
Damontae Kazee, San Diego State
Big time playmaker from a small school. Four year starter, beginning as a true freshman. 2nd in 2015 in FBS in interceptions, 3rd in 2016. Two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. At 5’10” 184 pounds might limit him to the slot. Allayed some small school concerns with a good week at the Senior Bowl, a follow up good day at the Combine would help him too. He was the only known cornerback the Eagles interviewed at the Senior Bowl.
Ashton Lampkin, Oklahoma State
Five year player after a medical redshirt for 2014 for an ankle injury, then played through a hand injury in 2015. Entered the 2016 as a player to watch and then didn’t progress from his junior year. Had a good week at the Shrine Game, where the Eagles met with him.
Brendan Langley, Lamar
Split time as a CB and a WR at Georgia before transferring to Lamar in 2015, where he eventually transitioned full time back to CB. Also excelled as a punt returner. Position flip flops mean he’s raw, but at 6’0” 199 pounds he’ll get looks. Rough week at the Senior Bowl handling speed.
Fabian Moreau, UCLA
Five year player after a medical redshirt in 2015. Physically he’s got a lot to like at 5’11” 206 pounds and with long speed. But he’s still raw at the position having converted from a running back in high school. Eagles met with him at the Shrine Game, where he had a great week. He’s one to keep an eye on leading up to the draft.
Ezra Robinson, Tennessee State
Transferred from Michigan State in 2014. Arrest for a DUI prior to the 2013 may have played a role. Didn’t become a full time starter until 2016, but earned all-Ohio Valley Conference honors with two of his five interceptions returned for touchdowns. Solid but unspectacular week at the Senior Bowl. Could have a good showing at the Combine.
Channing Stribling, Michigan
Only started one year, opposite the higher touted Jourdan Lewis, but made the most of the targets his way by leading the Wolverines in interceptions and passes defensed. Needs to add some bulk (175 pounds) to his 6’2” frame. Limited but impactful playing time will have him labeled as a “sleeper” or a “late riser” leading up to the draft.
Marquez White, Florida State
Like Elder, tremendous athlete, having started his college career on both the football and basketball teams. Went full time to football in his junior year and started every game since. Questionable ball skills with four interceptions but only six passes defensed. Though only 5’11”, had the longest arms and wingspan of any corner at the Senior Bowl.
Ahkello Witherspoon, Colorado
JuCo transfer in 2014. Raw player, having only played since his senior year of high school. Opposite Chibode Awuzie he led FBS with 19 passes defensed, but only 2 interceptions. Listed at 6’3” 190 pounds, he’s going to get attention as a potential “late round steal.” With him still developing, he might be.
Howard Wilson, Houston
Medical redshirt in 2015 after a knee injury, making 2016 his only season as a starter, though he saw regular playing time as a backup in 2014. Another raw prospect with a good frame (6’1” 185 pounds) that will get some “sleeper” or “late riser” labels. Draft Advisory Board recommended he return to school, Houston head coach Tom Herman taking the Texas job may have played a role in him entering a deep pool too early.
Not to be confused with Brandon Wilson, the starter opposite him who in in 2015 scored touchdowns as a runner, defender and kick returner.