Draft Buzz: Cornerback Options At No. 20
As two teams continue to prepare for the Super Bowl, the other 30 have turned their focus to scouting for the upcoming draft.
Here is a rundown of what people are saying the Eagles will do come April 30.
Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting believes that Florida State CB PJ Williams’ physicality could fit in well with the Eagles defensive scheme:
Chip Kelly loves corners who are physical initially and down the field, and PJ Williams certainly fits that bill well. With Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher needing to be upgraded, Williams could quickly become the team’s feature cornerback.
NFL analyst Russ Lande also has the Eagles taking Williams with the 20th pick.
Jason McIntyre of USA Today has the Eagles selecting Michigan State CB Trae Waynes to shore up the back end of their defense, but he doesn’t completely believe that it will unfold that way on draft night:
[Waynes] didn’t have his best game against Baylor, but it can’t overshadow a strong career. I smell a trade up. Too many offensive weapons, no QB, not enough defensive talent.
John Norris of Rotoworld reviewed the offensive players at the Senior Bowl and had some very kind things to say about Duke WR Jamison Crowder:
There is so much of John Brown’s game when I watch Crowder. Smalls who play big are real, and multiple attended the 2015 Senior Bowl. Crowder is the best of the bunch. He wins in the “small” game, winning with burst, separation and yards after catch ability. However, he flashes leaving his feet and winning in contested situations. A late second- to third-round selection makes sense for the Blue Devil.
Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com thinks the Eagles could target the oft-troubled CB from Washington, Marcus Peters:
Would Chip Kelly really draft a player who was dismissed from school due to coachability issues? I think he would, if he believes the player won’t be a problem moving forward. Who knows if Peters will be able to keep his head on straight, but his talent is top-10 worthy, potentially giving the Eagles a steal with him this late.
Rob Rang of CBSSports.com believes that Kelly’s experience in the PAC-12 will result in them taking Peters:
With Chip Kelly left in full control of the roster, he could rely on his familiarity with the Pac-12. Peters, who was kicked off the team at Washington, comes will all kinds of character red-flags but he’s also the most talented corner in the draft.