Today marks the fourth and final day of on-field drills at the 2017 NFL Combine. The following position groups are scheduled to work out: cornerbacks and safeties. The action starts at 9:00 AM ET and will be aired on NFL Network and NFL.com. Click here for a full list of the workouts and Combine participants. The Eagles will be paying close attention to these drills given their outstanding need for cornerback help.
Click here to read BGN draft writer Ben Natan’s Combine update and preview.
It’s a great year for the Eagles to need cornerback help. This year’s draft class is supposedly loaded at the position. Mike Mayock said teams will be able to find second-round caliber corners as late as the fifth round in the 2017 NFL Draft.
There’s two ways the Eagles can approach this year’s class given the depth at corner. They can either 1) be patient and wait until later to get one or 2) get one early and then double dip at the position. The last time the Eagles spent two high picks on cornerbacks in the same year was when they got Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown. Not exactly a bad duo there.
Sidney Jones is a name often connected to the Eagles often mock drafts. Teez Tabor seems like the perfect fit for Philadelphia in the sense Jim Schwartz loves confident cornerbacks (Tabor said he’s the best player in the entire draft) and Florida alumnus Howie Roseman loves to draft Gators. The Eagles have no shortage of options at this position, whenever they decide to draft one (or two or three).
Mike Mayock’s top five cornerbacks
1. Sidney Jones, Washington
2. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
3. Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
4. Teez Tabor, Florida
5. Tre'Davious White, LSU
Safety isn’t a big need for the Eagles. Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod are the undisputed starters heading into 2017.
There’s always room for improved depth, though. Jaylen Watkins was the third safety last year and there’s no guarantee he’ll be on the final roster despite being re-signed recently.
There are some pretty good safeties at the top of this class.
Mike Mayock’s top five safeties
1. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
2. Jamal Adams, LSU
3. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
4. Budda Baker, Washington
5. Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
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