With the 125th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select ... Avonte Maddox, cornerback, Pittsburgh.
Maddox projects to be a nickel cornerback for the Eagles, which was a need for Philly after losing Patrick Robinson in free agency. Maddox measures in at a mere 5-9, 184 pounds.
Maddox, a team captain, played at Pitt for four years. His finished his collegiate career with 183 total tackles, 34 passes defensed, 13 tackles for loss, eight interceptions, seven (!) sacks, and three forced fumbles. He also has some experience as a returner with 19 kick returns for 437 yards (23.0 average) and one touchdown. Maddox returned nine punts for 49 total yards (5.4 average).
Here’s a scouting report via NFL.com:
Overview: Maddox is sure to get a glowing review from his coaching staff as he has been a model leader and worker during his time at Pitt. While he plays with good toughness and has good athletic traits, his ability to stay connected in coverage has been problematic. Inconsistencies in man coverage combined with a smallish frame are a concern in my opinion, but his combination of long speed and short area quickness has him rising up the board.
Draft Projection: Rounds 4-5
Sources Tell Us: “He’s really shooting up the board in our building. Great tester but he shows it on tape with how athletic he is in coverage. I know our position coach thinks he can get a lot better with some work on his technique.” - NFC executive
Spider graph via Mockdraftable. As you can see, he’s very athletic.
New Eagles CB Avonte Maddox isn’t big but he’s very athletic. Slot CB. pic.twitter.com/oYOfRZqKWe— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) April 28, 2018
Remaining Eagles draft picks
2nd - No. 49 - TE Dallas Goedert
4th - No. 125 - CB Avonte Maddox
4th - No. 130 (from Minnesota Vikings)
6th - No. 206
7th - No. 250
Eagles top remaining needs
2018 NFL Draft schedule
- Day 1: Round 1 – 10 minutes
- Day 2: Round 2 – 7 Minutes, Round 3 – 5 Minutes Per Pick
- Day 3: Rounds 4-6 – 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick
(Compensatory picks = 4 minutes)
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