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Eagles Offseason Shopping List: Cornerback – Philly Sports

PASADENA, CA – SEPTEMBER 04: LSU Tigers cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (7) looks on during a college football game between the LSU Tigers and the UCLA Bruins played on September 4, 2021 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire)

Next on our off-season shopping list is the cornerback position.

Before the season, and even during the first weeks, I was convinced that it would be Darius Slay’s final year with the team. I thought he would benefit from a trade with a competitor at the trade deadline so he wouldn’t have to suffer in Jonathan Gannon’s system. Well, Slay is still on the team and he’s a big reason the Eagles are still in playoff contention. With Slay still playing at an elite level close to All Pro, it’s safe to say he’ll be back in 2022.

But what about CB2? Steven Nelson is on a one-year deal and is likely facing an exit. The team traded for Tay Gowan and Kary Vincent Jr while adding Mac McCain to waivers approximately 20 different times. They also have Josiah Scott and rookie Zech McPhearson waiting backstage.

Is the need for a CB2 high? Maybe not, but the Eagles would do well to consider options in both the draft and free agency.

Free Agency

Best options
  • Carlton Davis
  • Stephen Gilmore
  • JC Jackson
Intermediate level
  • Darius Williams (I put him here because I wonder if he can thrive without Ramsey… even if he would play opposite Slay. Idk.)
  • Give Jackson
  • Charvarius District
older veterans
  • Casey Heyward Jr.
  • Bryce Callahan

While price would be one of the high-level corners, or maybe even mid-level ones, I don’t expect the Eagles to be major players in this market.

Draft Options

First rounds
  • Derek Stingley Jr.
  • Andrew Booth Jr.
  • Ahmed Gardner
  • Roger McCreary
  • Kaiir Elam
  • Trent McDuffie
  • Martin Emerson
Mid-turns
  • Derion Kendrick
  • Nehemiah Pritchett
  • Kyler Gordon
  • Marcus Jones
  • MyKael Wright
  • Alontae Taylor
  • Noah Daniels
End of round gems
  • Joey Porter Jr.
  • Sevyn Banks
  • D’Jordan Strong
  • Isaac Taylor-Stuart
  • Jermaine Waller

The cornerback position is deep in the 2022 draft and Howie will have to do his best to mess that up. This is the perfect opportunity to nab one (or two) prime prospects to grow and learn from Darius Slay.

Prediction

I know I said I didn’t expect the Eagles to be players in the big name market for free agents, but I’m sure we’ll see them hooked up at JC Jackson. Ultimately, I don’t see them signing any free agents in this position. I see them drafting Andrew Booth Jr. and Kyler Gordon or Noah Daniels.

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