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Eagles Add CB Curtis Marsh

Posted Apr 29, 2011

After trading down five spots from No. 85 to No. 90 and acquiring a sixth-round pick (No. 191 overall), the Eagles continued to bolster their secondary by adding Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh.

Marsh, 6-0 1/2, 197, joins a cornerback crop that includes perennial Pro Bowler Asante Samuel, nickel cornerback Joselio Hanson, last year's fourth-round pick Trevard Lindley, Dimitri Patterson and Brandon Hughes, among other. Marsh joins Temple's Jaiquawn Jarrett, the Eagles' second-round pick, to add talent to a secondary that allowed a franchise-worst 31 touchdown passes in 2010.

Here is the full scouting report on Marsh, courtesy of Sports Illustrated's Tony Pauline.

Bio: Former running back who moved to cornerback in 2009. Senior totals included 45/2/13 when he was a full-time starter. Made four starts as a junior and finished the year with 32/1/5.

Pros: Well-sized and athletic defensive back who is still learning the position. Remains disciplined with assignments, displays the ability to drive to the action out of his plant and possesses a burst of closing speed. Fluid pedaling in reverse, quickly changes direction and plays an aggressive brand of football. Fast up the field defending the run, mixes it up with opponents throughout pass routes, and physically defeats them to defend the throw.

Cons: Displays a poor sense of timing. Not consistent with his defensive back mechanics.

Analysis: Marsh took a quantum leap  last season and started to develop as a defensive back. He possesses desirable size/speed numbers for the next level but will need a lot of work before he's NFL ready. But the amount of improvement from his junior to senior year portends further growth at the next level.

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