Eagles exploring cornerback prospects

Recently, the Eagles have expressed a lot of interest in this year’s crop of cornerbacks. Corner is probably the biggest need on the roster, and Philly could select more than one of them in the upcoming NFL draft. Here are some of the names that the Eagles have been checking out.

Curtis Brown, Texas: Brown is a very tall, very physical corner despite being thinner than you would prefer. Although he doesn’t have blazing speed (4.51), he can run with receivers down the field. He’s probably not ready to start quite yet, but his athleticism and willingness to tackle will certainly intrigue teams. To get him, the Eagles would have to burn their second round pick, and I think that Ras-I Dowling and Johnny Patrick are much better players at this point.

Davon House, New Mexico State: Regarded as one of the top small school prospects in the draft, House has elite physical tools. He’s 6’1″, 200, and ran a 4.35 at his pro day. He’s a big hitter who is exceptionally strong for a cornerback. Unfortunately, he doesn’t play as fast as he times due to his stiff hips. He can get beat down the field, and at this point he’s a bigger project than you want out of a second or third round pick. As of now, he’s only my 17th rated cornerback, and is only worth a pick towards the fifth round.

Demarcus Van Dyke, Miami: Great speed and coverage ability is what DVD does best. He was able to shut down Titus Young and others at the Senior Bowl, and he shows good awareness in coverage to go along with his 4.33 speed. However, he is very frail and will offer next to nothing in run support. Unless he adds weight, I see him as a gunner on the punt team. He’s worth a late round pick based on his potential.

Curtis Marsh, Utah State: I haven’t seen much of Marsh playing, but he has elite physical tools at 6’1″, 197, and a 40 time around 4.4 seconds. I haven’t seen him get beat badly, and he doesn’t seem to have any glaring weaknesses in his game. He’s an interesting prospect that I wouldn’t mind taking a chance on in the fifth round.

Korey Lindsey, Southern Illinois: I can’t say I’ve seen Lindsey play at all, but he has been named an all-American twice (for division I-A). He has very good size, but appears to be a little injury-prone. I will reserve judgment on him.

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