During each year’s college football season, whenever you’re watching games, we pinpoint five players each week to keep an eye on who makes logical sense for the Eagles in the following year’s draft.
Matt Corral (2), QB, Ole Miss (6’2, 205): (13) Arkansas at (17) Ole Miss, 12:00 pm
One of the factors in whether Jalen Hurts will be the Eagles’ starting quarterback in 2022 and beyond will be the quality of the 2022 quarterback class. Most agree that this class is not as strong as the 2022 quarterback class. class 2021, in which five quarterbacks were selected in the first 15 selections.
The Eagles were reported to have an interest in negotiating in the 2021 NFL Draft to select Zach Wilson, who ultimately was No. 2 overall against the New York Jets. If there’s one 2022 quarterback prospect that’s similar to Wilson, both in terms of skill set and college career, it’s Corral. Both quarterbacks have more “arm talent,” good mobility, an aggressive mindset, and later flourished in their college positions. A featured reel:
The blow to Corral a season ago was that he took too many risks that led to turnovers. He threw 14 interceptions in a statistically impressive season. In 2021, you’ve cleared some of those bad habits and haven’t chosen yet:
• 2020: 10 games, 231 of 326 (70.9%), 3,337 yards (10.2 YPA), 29 TD, 14 INT.
• 2021: 4 games so far, 87 of 125 (69.6%), 1210 yards (9.7 YPA), 10 TDs, 0 INT.
We’ve been on the Hurts “test” for four weeks and there have been some ups and downs. 13 to go. If at the end of the season he has shown that he is the type, then the Eagles will be able to spend a lot of high picks on other positional needs. That would be great for the future path of the franchise.
If there are doubts about whether you are the typeWe’ll delve into profiling quarterbacks like Corral, Liberty’s Malik Willis, Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, North Carolina’s Sam Howell, and others. But for now, if you’re in the draft, it’s at least worth knowing what’s in this class of quarterbacks, and Corral is my favorite of the bunch.
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Avery Young (2), CB / S, Rutgers (6’1, 205): (11) Michigan State at Rutgers, 12:00 pm
Rutgers has produced its share of quality defensive running backs who have had long NFL careers, like the McCourty brothers, Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon. Young is a defensive running back with some positional versatility, having played outside corner, some slot corner and some security. He’s a good size, he’s a physical tackler and he’s experienced, having already played in 37 games, starting 34.
Most games with 1 or fewer catches allowed in 2019 (power five CB):
▪️ Trevon Diggs – 8
▫️ Asante Samuel Jr – 7
▫️ Caleb Farley – 7
▫️ Jeff Gladney – 7
▫️ Tre Brown – 7
▫️ Avery Young – 7
▫️ DJ Ivey – 7
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– PFF University (@PFF_College) August 14, 2020
Young only has one career pick, so he’s not a Day 1 player, in my opinion, but he’s considered a technically solid player who could have a solid NFL career.
Jaquan Brisker (1), S, Penn State (6’1, 200): (4) Penn State at (3) Iowa, 4:00 pm
Like most PSU prospects, Brisker is a good athlete who did Bruce Feldman’s list of “monsters”:
The 6-1, 203-pounder has posted a 4.07 head-turning shuttlecock. His vertical is 35 inches, and he’s also very strong for his size, banking 360 and clearing 315. On the field, Brisker was a third-team All-Big Ten pick after making 57 tackles in 2020.
In more than two seasons (27 games) at Penn State after transferring from Lackawanna College, Brisker has 104 tackles (7 for loss), 4 interceptions and 11 broken passes. He is an athlete, a dependable tackler who will occasionally throw a big pop, has ball skills and has shown some talent for the big timely play.
JaQuan Brisker – S, Penn State
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Anthony Harris turned 30 today and Rodney McLeod will turn 32 next season. The Eagles need help to stay safe.
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Riley Moss (33), CB, Iowa (6’1, 194): (4) Penn State at (3) Iowa, 4:00 pm
Wow, I wonder if Moss will be compared to Jason Sehorn once or twice throughout his college and professional career.
In 24 career games, Moss has 9 interceptions and 13 broken passes. He also has three pick-sixes in his career, including two in one game this season.
He will have a tough match today against Jahan Dotson.
Kenyon Green (55), OG / OT, Texas A&M (6’4, 325): (1) Alabama at Texas A&M, 8:00 pm
Green is a potential first-round prospect who started at LG, RG and RT during his career at Texas A&M. He is powerful in the running game, but also agile in pass protection and in reaching the second level of defense. He’ll probably be a point guard in the NFL. Here he is at the Orange Bowl last season. It’s easy to see him move defensive linemen against their will:
On the downside, Green is believed to need some technical refinement, which shouldn’t be a problem as long as Jeff Stoutland remains the Eagles’ offensive line coach.
Inside OL help will likely not be on many fans’ minds in terms of how to spend the top picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, but it’s worth noting that the Eagles spend huge resources in the inside trenches, on both sides of the game. ball. There’s a good chance Jason Kelce and Brandon Brooks will no longer be with the team in 2022, and Isaac Seumalo has struggled to stay on the field.
Assuming Landon Dickerson is the Eagles’ long-term center, they’ll have another guard need. It’s not sexy, but don’t discount it.
Previously profiled players
- Jake Hansen, LB, Illinois
- Jeffrey Gunter, SAM, Carolina Coast
- Zach Harrison, EDGE, OSU
- Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
- Mohamed Ibrahim, RB, Minnesota
- Evan Neal, OT, Alabama
- Bubba Bolden, S, Miami
- Adam Anderson, SAM, Georgia
- Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia
- Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
- Kayvon Thibodeaux, DE, Oregon
- Sevyn Banks, CB, Ohio State
- Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State
- Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Michigan
- Drake London, WR, USC
- Myjai Sanders, DE, Cincinnati
- Marcelino McCrary-Ball, DB, Indiana
- Nick Bonitto, SAM, Oklahoma
- Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida
- Kingsley Enagbare, DE, South Carolina
- Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
- Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
- DeMarvin Leal, DT, Texas A&M
- Zonovan “Bam” Knight, RB, State of North Carolina
- Merlin Robertson, SAM, State of Arizona
- Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas
- Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati
- Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame
- Darian Kinnard, OT, Kentucky
- Ali Gaye, DE, LSU