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Malcolm Jenkins thinks Eagles should draft a cornerback in the first round

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The veteran safety weighs in on the 2017 NFL Draft

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On Tuesday, Malcolm Jenkins joined NFL Network and discussed who he thinks the Eagles should with the 14th overall pick. Jenkins was not shy when asked about the direction he would like to go:

“When you lose two veteran corners and that was already a position we need to address anyway you have to look at the secondary, especially the corner position. You've got a draft that’s full of them but if you don't get a couple early, it might not be there later in the draft.”

In addition to Jenkins lobbying for a corner, he also expressed his fondness for the Ohio State defensive backs (Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley) that would be available (Jenkins is a product of Ohio State). The Eagles’ lack of depth at corner impacted Jenkins in 2016, as he often had to move down to the slot after injuries plagued Ron Brooks and Leodis McKelvin all year long. In addition to neutralizing part of what makes Jenkins good by taking him out of the safety role, the Eagles are seriously hurting at the position as he mentioned. McKelvin and Nolan Carroll are no longer with the team and Ron Brooks is still recovering from an injury that ended his season.

The Eagles have been doing their due diligence with the cornerback position, bringing in numerous prospects at the position. Jonny Page and myself recently broke down and reviewed some of the options that may be available for the Eagles in the early rounds of the draft. For the sake of Jenkins and the need at the position, lets hope the Eagles find somebody who can step in and provide relief and consistency on the back end of the defense.