It wasn’t surprising to see the Eagles double dip at corner. Philadelphia desperately needed bodies at the position, especially given Jones’ injury situation. Douglas is healthy and ready to play for the Eagles in 2017.
Douglas won’t just be handed a starting role but the 21-year-old figures to challenge for playing time on the outside. The aggression and confidence he plays with should earn him favor with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
It’s apparent Douglas isn’t the best athlete at his position. His 4.59 second 40-yard dash ranks in the 18th percentile among corners. The upside is that Douglas has great size and strength. He measures in at 6-2, 209 pounds with long inch arms at 32.5 inches.
Douglas also boasts commendable ball skills. He led all of college football in picks last year with eight. That’s a nice sign.
My grade for the Eagles’ selection of Douglas is a “B” rating. Douglas has the potential to be a starter for Philadelphia at some point, if not instantly.
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Grade the Eagles' selection of Rasul Douglas at No. 99.
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