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Eagle Eye: Scouting The Defensive Backs

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As we get closer and closer to the NFL Draft, a never-ending series of lists get posted by every football content provider under the sun ranking the top players at every position. Top 5 lists, mock drafts and big boards are all the rage this time of year. In this space, however, I want to look at these prospects a little differently.

So as April 30 approaches, let's take a look at these players from the mindset of how NFL franchises and scouting departments look at them and that's by figuring out how they fit on a football team, rather than just list the "Top 5 linebackers" or the "Top 10 wide receivers."

Think about the offensive line. You wouldn't just want to know about the top linemen in the draft. You'd want a list of the top tackles, the top guards and the top centers. All three positions typically have different measurables and responsibilities, so they should be categorized that way, right? And then the standards at each position change from team to team, as every franchise has certain needs and specifications for what they look for as they build their roster. Some teams prefer size and strength, others place value on athleticism and others just want tough guys at certain positions. So let's dig deeper, and look at some of the top players may fit once they find homes in the NFL ...


The secondary is always an area of note throughout every NFL Draft because with the glutton of receiver prospects, there are never enough defensive backs to match them. The best cover men get scooped up in the first few rounds, and it's typically slim pickings by the time you get to the latter stages of the draft. Since 2011, just as many cornerbacks (33) have been drafted per year as receivers, more than any individual position on the field. Why? Because you need to be able to match up.

This piece is going to cover both the cornerback and safety positions. There are scheme- specific characteristics for both roles, so we'll obviously split them up, but let's start first at corner.

When looking at the cornerback position at the college level, there are a few things you should know …

● First off, if you're a superior athlete, you can get away with a lot more at that level in terms of poor technique and playing outside of the scheme. So many college corners are able to freelance and, despite playing with poor fundamentals through the entirety of the play, may come out on top just because they are just more physically gifted than the guy they're going up against. Cornerbacks are often much more "handsy" with receivers down the field in college than they are allowed to be in the NFL, and that is a huge adjustment.

● Secondly, you'll see me often make references in this piece to a prospect playing "to the field" or "to the boundary." What I mean by that is that, with the college hash marks being wider, a lot of teams align their defense to where the ball is lined up. If the ball is lined up to the defensive left hash, the corner to the left is playing on the short side (the boundary), while the corner to the right is playing on the wide side (the field). I could write an entire piece about how this one difference between the college and pro game affects the gameplay and strategy for both offenses and defenses. For this piece though, here are a couple of quick notes. A boundary corner, playing so tight to the formation, is similar to a slot corner in that he has to be able to play the run and you'd like for him to be an effective blitzer. Because of the wide hash marks, strategically, things such as 3x1 formations and combination coverages are different than they are in the NFL. For instance, if you are in a 3x1 set with three receivers to the short side of the field, it's often an immediate tell to the defense for a quick screen to that side. Greg Cosell likes to say that football is a numbers game, and at the college level, that is even more so the case, whereas the NFL game becomes more and more about matchups. In the NFL, with the shorter hashes, those "tells" are harder to come by, and being farther away from the sideline, your leverage before and immediately after the snap become integral in how you read and then defend a route that your receiver runs.

● Lastly, college teams that utilize a ton of press coverage are not common. NFL defenses are continually trending more toward that style of play to disrupt within the first 5 yards, combing through prospects who aren't put in those situations on a consistent basis makes the projection more difficult.

One of the things I've learned over the years when looking at the cornerback position is, when you're evaluating what a player at that position can do you have to look at four things: 1. How does he play man from press? 2. How does he play zone from press? 3. How does he play man from off? 4. How does he play zone from off? If he does all four things well, you've likely got a very good prospect. If he doesn't, then you have to find out which of the four things he does do well, and put him in the right position to succeed. If you want to play a ton of press coverage (and by the way, EVERY defense has to press at some point in a game, some just do it more than others), then you'll want corners who show the ability to play up on the line of scrimmage. If you like to mix things up and utilize a good amount of off coverage, then a corner who looks comfortable a few yards off the ball may be more of a fit.

Every cornerback has to play man coverage at some point, that's a prerequisite. If you can't play man coverage in today's NFL as a defensive back, you're going to get exposed at some point. In zone, you want to see a cornerback show the ability to read the quarterback, understand the situation and the offensive formation, and pattern read to make a play on the ball by seeing things before they happen. Every team plays some man coverage, and every team plays some zone, no one plays solely one or the other. So separating corners as "man" or "zone" corners is an antiquated way to look at it. In today's league, when you're looking at it from the outside, you have to look at it as "press" and "off" corners.

There's another thing to take into account, and that's the ability to play in the slot. Slot corners come in all shapes and sizes. Just because a player is a slot corner doesn't mean he isn't a starter, in fact there are a number of corners in the league (as well as in college) that play on the outside in base defense as a corner or on the back end as a safety, but when the team goes into their subpackages they slide inside. Some nickel corners are small, some aren't, but you need to be able to do three things. First, you have to have the reaction quickness and physical capability to defend a receiver with a two-way go. You don't have the sideline to use as your help when you align inside. You have to be able to defend a receiver who has room to work both to the inside and out. And again, you have to be able to be a part of the run defense and you'd like to have a guy that can blitz as well.

With all that now in the bag, let's jump in and start looking at some prospects...

Press Corners

When you're looking for a press corner, you're looking for a guy who looks comfortable in his stance at the line of scrimmage. He needs to stay patient at the snap, not open his hips too quickly, keep his shoulders square to the receiver, his feet calm and display the timing and the quickness in his hands to disrupt the receiver early in the route. Your object as a press corner is force that receiver to move east-west at the snap of the ball to disrupt the timing of the play. If the quarterback expects his receiver to be at the top of a 12-yard curl route on the fifth step of his drop and he's only just getting into his break, then you've done your job. You have to disrupt the timing of the play.

This is something that Trae Waynes from Michigan State excels at. At 6-0, 186 pounds, Waynes played both to the boundary and to the field during his career with the Spartans, but regardless of where he lined up his ability to disrupt receivers at the snap of the ball was strong. When you pair that with his recovery speed (his 4.32 in the 40-yard dash was the fastest of any cornerback at the Combine), you've got a player who projects well to a press scheme.

On this shot you can see Waynes' ability to recover come in handy. While he doesn't disrupt the receiver with his hands at the snap and allows initial separation, he's able to get back in-phase, get his head around and make a play on the ball to reel in the interception.

One of the darlings of the pre-draft process, Connecticut's Byron Jones has seen his "stock" in the media soar thanks to a world-record performance in the broad jump in Indianapolis. Anyone who has watched Jones on tape can tell you that his ability between the lines is deserving of high praise as well. Jones has legitimate NFL size at 6-1, 199 pounds, long arms (32 inches - good for the top five at his position), high character and his ability to get his mitts on players at the line and erase them from the play is unique. Jones played a ton of press coverage at UConn, showed ability in both man and zone and the former safety was more than willing to be a part of the run defense. Jones can be a bit more consistent, but when you see what he can do when he is able to engage at the line, you can see his true potential moving forward as he transitions to the NFL.

One of the most intriguing prospects because of his scheme diversity, Kevin Johnson from Wake Forest could probably line up for any defense in the league. With the size of a press corner at 6-0, 188 pounds and the change of direction and reaction quickness to play in off coverage, Johnson has great versatility despite the fact that he played mostly off the line of scrimmage in college. He will be very intriguing to teams that like to mix it up with their corners.

At Utah, Eric Rowe began his career at safety, where he was effective enough to be named an all-conference player, but he made the move to cornerback a year ago and flourished. At just under 6-1, 205 pounds, Rowe has great measurable. The fact that he tested in the top five in both the three-cone drill and short shuttle when you factor in his size appears as an even more impressive feat. A competitive, physical defender who knows how to use his length to get into receivers early in the down, Rowe could have done a better job finishing on the ball to make the interception as a Ute, but he displayed a knack for getting the rock on the ground as he racked up his pass breakup numbers in college. NFL Network's Ian Rappaport tweeted recently that he wouldn't be surprised to see Rowe go off the board earlier than expected, and the first round is surely not out of the possibility.

A prospect who many see as the most physically gifted cornerback in the draft, Washington's Marcus Peters has great ability at 6-0, 197 pounds. The off-field issues have been well documented, but Peters excels in locking up receivers in press coverage and had a lot of success during his time at UW. He can improve as a run defender, but Peters' fluid hips and long arms make him a sure fit in a press scheme.

LSU cornerback Jalen Collins has a lot of fans in the draft media community as well. The second corner off the board in our Journey to the Draft Beat Writer Mock Draft this week, Collins has tools you can dream on, with a rare size/speed combination (over 6-1, 203 pounds paired with a 4.48 40-yard dash), long arms, and cat-like quickness. The ability is there, but the fact that he started just 10 games in his three-year career in the Bayou has some scratching their heads. If he reaches his full potential, Collins could be a Pro Bowl talent, and with his physical dimensions he translates well to a press scheme.

The MVP of the 2013 BCS National Title Game win over Auburn, P.J. Williams from Florida State has great ability that is reflected in a productive career at Tallahassee. Williams sports good size, explosive movement and an ability to play the ball in the air (despite just 12 combined pass breakups and interceptions at FSU). He may not have the change of direction ability to play in a scheme that requires their corners to play off at times, but in a press system, Williams should fit like a glove.

One of the most interesting stories in all of college football a year ago, Quinten Rollins of Miami (Ohio) was a basketball player for the Redhawks 18 months ago and hadn't played a down of football since he was a high school running back. Now, the 2014 MAC Defensive Player of the Year is one of the top defensive backs in the draft after putting his athleticism and rare ball skills on display as a senior. An interesting case because of his potential to play a number of roles, Rollins is seen by some to be a fit in a press scheme on the outside (though his 30-inch arms may dissuade some teams), an off scheme or even as a potential safety down the road. Despite where he ends up, Rollins has legitimate NFL potential, and down the road could turn into an effective starter if he finds the right fit.

At Stanford, Alex Carter was a 33-game starter for a very productive Cardinal defense. A smart player who isn't mentioned with the top players at his position because he is perceived as being a step below the rest from an athleticism standpoint, Carter displays starting traits in a press scheme because of his ability to win in the "big" man's game at the line of scrimmage. Carter showed good route recognition in zone coverage, had the ability to turn and run downfield and when it's all said and done the team that takes him could have a potential starter on their hands in time.

A two-year starter in the ACC, Garry Peters from Clemson boasted about the fact that he failed to allow a touchdown in 17 games as a starter for the Tigers, but he was right in doing so. A player flying under the radar, Peters won't wow you from an athletic tools standpoint, but he played a ton of press in college, did a good job at disrupting early in the down and had a good feel in both man and zone coverages. He doesn't get the headlines like some of his cohorts in the secondary, but Peters could surprise people upon his arrival in the NFL.

Other corners who could potentially play on the outside in a press scheme include USC's Josh Shaw (who some see as a potential safety), Towson's Tye Smith (who competed really well against West Virginia's Kevin White in their early-season matchup), Miami's Ladarius Gunter (who lined up at every spot in the defensive secondary as a senior in 2014) and Central Florida's Jacoby Glenn (a redshirt-sophomore that is one of the best tacklers at his position in the class). There is a host of other prospects here who can fit this role, and with the amount of corners hearing their name called on draft weekend likely on the rise, don't be surprised to hear some names you've never heard of end up on NFL rosters this fall.

Off-Coverage Corners

Every cornerback is going to have to press receivers at the line at some point, so the players listed here aren't just going to line up 5 to 8 yards away and play out of a pedal all game long week after week, but these prospects are seen by many as better fits in a scheme that utilizes more off-coverage from their corners. They're typically a bit shorter than their press scheme counterparts, but off corners still need to be aggressive players. At the snap of the ball, he has to maintain good pad level in the backpedal, keep his shoulders over his thighs and stay under control moving backwards. They have to be quick, have to have good change of direction skills and prove that they can mirror receivers' movements at the snap. Reaction quickness is huge for a player in this role because when he reads a route, he's got to be able to stick his foot in the ground and "click and close" on the ball, collapsing forward to jump a route, break up a pass or tackle a ball carrier in front of them.

Who fits the bill here? Some of the aforementioned players like Kevin Johnson, Byron Jones and Quinten Rollins are all potential fits in an off scheme. P.J. Williams' teammate at Florida State, Ronald Darby, fits as well. Darby has a great athletic skill set, with good size, blazing recovery speed and the change of direction skills to hold his own in space. He looks and tests the part, and some see him as fitting in a press scheme as well. Darby is a prospect who has to get a lot more consistent from a technique standpoint. His tools make him an intriguing option, and he could go off the board earlier than some project.

At 5-10, 197 pounds, you'd be hard pressed to find a corner more competitive than Oregon State's Steven Nelson. A junior college transfer, Nelson was a two-year starter on the outside, but saw reps as a slot player as well. He showed the ability to erase players such as Arizona State's Jaelen Strong at the line of scrimmage. At his height, he appears to be more of a fit as an off-coverage player where his quickness and route recognition skills can make him a successful potential starter on the outside built in the mode of a Brent Grimes.

While Ifo Ekpre-Olomu nabbed most of the headlines, Oregon cornerback Troy Hill is a respectable prospect in his own right. At a shade under 5-11, 182 pounds, Hill doesn't have great size. He also had the shortest arms at his position at the Combine, so his potential in a press scheme may be limited. Many draft experts still see Hill as a scheme-diverse player with good athleticism and an innate feel for playing the ball in the air. A reliable tackler, Hill is one of the more underrated players at his position in the class based on what you hear (or don't hear) about him in the media.

Another player who is flying under the radar is Kansas' Ja'Corey Sheppard. A player with an intriguing blend of size and speed, Sheppard has the potential to play in a press scheme, but the athleticism he shows on tape in terms of his quickness and change of direction may translate more so to an off-coverage role, where he can keep the ball in front of him and break on passes to disrupt at the catch point.

Doran Grant was a very effective boundary player for the Ohio State Buckeyes during his career, as the former track star displayed quality ball skills and instincts that could make him an equally effective NFL player. Grant isn't the greatest athlete and his arms aren't an ideal length, but he exudes confidence in man coverage and has been a key cog on a strong defense for the past two seasons.

Viewed as one of the bigger "sleepers" in the draft class, Craig Mager of Texas State started 47 games during his collegiate career, and put his skills on display at the East-West Shrine Game. At just under 6-0, 201 pounds, Mager has good size and his workout at Indianapolis was strong. He is an intriguing option on the outside or potentially in the slot at the next level.

Other corners of note who could potentially play on the outside in an off-coverage role include Kevin White of TCU, who had a strong week of practice at the Senior Bowl, Justin Coleman of Tennessee, who could be a dynamic slot player as well and finally Lorenzo Doss of Tulane who had a very productive three-year college career.

Nickel Corners

I've touched on the qualities you're looking for inside at the slot position, so who could potentially fit there in the NFL? Steven Nelson, Craig Mager, Kevin White, Doran Grant and Justin Coleman are all potential nickel spot candidate, but a guy who was really impressive in that role during his time in the SEC was Georgia's Damian Swann. At 6-0, 189 pounds, Swann is bigger than your dad's slot corner, but he's got the right demeanor to play inside, enjoys the challenge (he told me at the Combine he enjoys playing in the slot and wants to play there in the NFL) and has the skill set to match up with receivers or tight ends in space as well as help against the run.

A torn ACL in late December may have affected his draft stock, but measuring in below 5-9 didn't help Ifo Ekpre-Olomu's draft value either. He may not have the size to hang on the outside against bigger receivers, but the former Oregon Duck has great quickness, change-of-direction skills, and competitive toughness that make him a great projection to the slot. A productive, battle-tested corner who played all over the field in college, Ekpre-Olomu offers a great talent on the inside to an NFL defense.

A former baseball player, Senquez Golson from Ole Miss doesn't have great size, but he's got great athleticism and his ability to play the ball in the air is tough to match in this class. Golson's ability to read routes and break early on the ball resulted in a lot of ball production in 2014, and those instincts will serve him well as he likely makes the transition inside at 5-9, 176 pounds.

Florida Atlantic's D'Joun Smith surely could battle for playing time on the outside, but many see his best fit inside as a slot corner where his quickness, competitiveness, loose hips and instincts make him a potential dynamic option over third receivers. Smith, who saw some reps in the slot as a senior as he often shadowed the opponent's best receiver, enjoyed a good week of practice at the Senior Bowl and could go off the board earlier than expected.

Quandre Diggs from Texas just plain looks the part of a traditional slot player. At 5-9, 196 pounds, Diggs started 49 games for the Horns, has NFL bloodlines and lined up almost exclusively as the nickel corner as a senior in 2014. Diggs' quickness, ball skills and willingness to get dirty in the run game will make him a good candidate to play inside at the next level.

Memphis' Bobby McCain (a Shrine Game standout), Northwestern State's Imoan Claiborne (a notable Combine snub) and Louisville's Charles Gaines (a speedy underclassman) all also profile as nickel players at the next level, and could hear their names called on the third day of the draft.

Let's transition to the safety position, where pretty much every team in the NFL is looking for reinforcements in some way, shape or form. The safety spot has been called by many as the toughest position to project to the league. With the evolution of NFL offenses resulting in changes to the way teams play defense, the need for a pair of interchangeable safeties who can play in man coverage, as a single-high defender, as a two-shell player and come down to defend the run all on an equal level is the standard everyone wants to achieve. It's rare to see a team utilize what had been considered "box" safeties in the NFL these days.

Those players can still be used in subpackages near the line of scrimmage as a pseudo-linebacker (a role that first-round pick Deone Bucannon excelled at a year ago for Arizona). There are still a handful of teams, such as Seattle with Kam Chancellor or Tennessee a year ago with Bernard Pollard, that play with a traditional free safety/strong safety look, but those teams are few and far between. Teams, like the Eagles, are looking for players that can do everything equally well to keep themselves from being predictable in their calls. Who are those types of players? There are a number of cornerbacks who some experts see as potential safety converts at the next level, including Eric Rowe, Byron Jones, Alex Carter and Quinten Rollins, but let's take a look at some of the names we haven't mentioned yet.

Interchangeable Safeties

Arizona State's Damarious Randall has received a good amount of buzz over the last couple of months because of his athletic profile. A junior college receiver with the ability to play in man coverage over the slot as well as do everything you need from a zone coverage standpoint, Randall has great ball skills, better instincts than you'd expect and the range to play as a midfield defender. He's a bit on the smaller side at just under 5-11, 198 pounds, but this is a prospect who can play a number of roles for a defense and do them well.

A similar talent in a lot of ways, Derron Smith of Fresno State is built like Randall at 5-10, 200 pounds, and like Randall he lined up all over the formation for the Bulldogs. A "see ball, get ball"-type of player with great physical toughness, strong athletic traits and phenomenal ball skills, Smith's size may scare some teams away. He played the entire season with a sports hernia, which caused him to miss the pre-draft process after surgery, but Smith could be one of the first at his position to hear his name called this week.

You know a player has the ability to help your defense on the back end if he made the transition from the cornerback position back to safety, and that's exactly the case with Adrian Amos from Penn State. A good-sized player at just under 6-1, 218 pounds, Amos had a great workout at the Combine, played well during the week of practice at the Senior Bowl and his reputation off the field has helped to boost his stock in a safety class where everyone is looking for more playmakers. Amos has the versatility a lot of teams covet, and he could be a candidate to see early playing time as a rookie.

A productive player for one of the top defenses in college football for the past two seasons, Kurtis Drummond from Michigan State is a big kid with quality instincts, good ball skills and a good feel in zone coverage. Drummond lined up all over the field for the Spartans and his ability to play the deep half and run the alley to make a one-on-one tackle makes him an intriguing option in the middle of the draft.

At 6-2, 209 pounds, Louisville's James Sample has NFL size, and his athletic traits are better than some give him credit for. A first-year starter after transferring from Washington, Sample is a good run defender and can play sideline to sideline, but his eyes will get caught in the wrong place at times. If he can continue to develop his play-recognition ability, Sample could be a starter down the road.

A battle-tested 44-game starter for the Stanford Cardinal, Jordan Richards filled a number of roles on a strong defensive unit during his career. Able to play over the slot, in the deep middle and as an underneath defender, Richards isn't an eye-popping athlete but is one of those effective players who just gets the job done. He could be a sneaky pick in the mid-to-late rounds who could stick in the NFL for a long time.

One intriguing player to keep an eye on is Western Michigan defensive back D.C. Celiscar. He doesn't have great size, but displayed great ball skills, the ability to come down and throttle defenders in the run game and the competitive nature you want from a safety in the NFL. His athleticism and toughness translate to Celiscar being a "sleeper" at the safety position in a lot of people's eyes.

An interesting prospect because of his size and movement skills, Dean Marlowe from James Madison sports an NFL frame at nearly 6-2, 213 pounds, but lined up in the slot in nickel packages as a senior. A strong tackler when he is able to locate his target, Marlowe displayed an issue with angles during his career, a problem that many young safeties have, but if he can overcome that he could develop into a very effective player at the next level.

Center Fielders

The term "interchangeable" means that a player can execute any job that a defensive coordinator asks of him on a football field. The ability to come up and make a tackle in the run game is one of those jobs, and while there are a lot of safeties who have to improve in that area of the game, some need more work than others. I would venture to guess that if you polled NFL decision makers, most would take a safety with ball skills and athleticism over one who specializes as a downhill run defender in today's NFL.

Who are the top players who can succeed away from the action and make plays on the ball? Let's start with a player whose stock came to a halt after a poor workout at the Combine. TCU safety Chris Hackett showed potential as a deep-half player during his career with the Horned Frogs, flourishing as a coverage player. An adequate run defender, Hackett displayed good ball skills and a feel for playing man coverage, a combination that could allow teams to see him as an interchangeable player.

The epitome of a centerfielder, Louisville's Gerod Holliman had a ton of production in his one year as a starter for the Cardinals, winning the Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive back. Holliman has great ball skills, loose hips to turn and run with receivers and appears to play faster than his reported 4.65 that he ran at his Pro Day. If he can become even adequate as a run defender, Holliman could fit a lot of teams as a ball hawking player on the back end.

Intriguing because of his size and athleticism, Durell Eskridge from Syracuse is viewed by some as a potential corner. At 6-3, 208 pounds, played all over the field for the Orange, but many have questioned his abilities to come downhill and make a tackle one-on-one on a consistent basis. A high-motor player with sideline-to-sideline range, Eskridge is an interesting developmental player.

Auburn's Jermaine Whitehead (5-11, 197 pounds), Mississippi State's Justin Cox (6-1, 197 pounds) and LSU's Ronald Martin (6-1, 217 pounds) all are potential centerfield players at the safety position who could hear their names called in the later stages of this year's draft.

Box Safeties

Still viewed as the top consensus overall safety in the class, Alabama's Landon Collins is a bit of a divisive prospect. A smart, physical, downhill player with good instincts and an NFL approach to the game, many see Collins as having just enough athleticism to play on the back end as well as down near the line of scrimmage, while others see a player who will only play in the box in specific schemes or subpackages. Regardless, Collins' talent in that role is undeniable, and he could very well still be the first safety off the board.

A Philadelphia native, Northwestern's Ibraheim Campbell is one of the best tacklers at the safety position in the draft class. A huge hitter and smart, high-character prospect, Campbell has good ball skills and put his athleticism to the test down at the Senior Bowl (where he enjoyed a productive week) and at his Pro Day, where he tested better than most expected. Campbell may go off the board earlier than some expect.

A thunderous hitter during his time at Central Florida, Clayton Geathers has the size and explosive movement you want in a downhill safety. His quickness and change of direction have been brought into question, but his straight-line speed and quality instincts may be enough to allow a team to give him a chance as a starter.

Samford's Jacquiski Tartt is one of the top small-school players in the entire NFL Draft. Tartt has great size, explosive movement skills and his performance at the Senior Bowl really opened some eyes. He only played one year of high school football, which resulted in him ending up at Samford, but Tartt could be one of the best players at this position when we look back five years from now.

There are a lot of other potential box safeties in this draft. Anthony Harris from Virginia is a big kid with decent instincts and is really physical when playing downhill. Memphis' Fritz Etienne shined at the Shrine Game and displayed a really good feel in zone coverage and great physicality in the run game during his time in college. One of the most productive players in the nation over the past couple of years, Cody Prewitt from Ole Miss has great size and was a big- play guy for the Rebels as a 41-game starter. Staying in the SEC, Auburn's Robinson Therezie is built like 2014 second-round pick Lamarcus Joyner, and has a similar skill set. Therezie is likely a subpackage player, but could fill a number of roles for an NFL defense.

Cosell likes to say that the safety position is the most scheme-specific position in the game, and I couldn't agree more. It's so important to find players that fit exactly what you want at the position, or as close to it. Time and time again we've seen players at this position become high draft picks and prove to not be a good fit with the team that drafts them. The same goes for the cornerback position, as teams continue to search for more athletes to keep up with the always evolving NFL offensive attacks.

Fran Duffy is the producer of "Eagles Game Plan" which can be seen on Saturdays during the season. Be sure to also check out the "Eagle Eye In The Sky" podcast on the Philadelphia Eagles podcast channel on iTunes. Prior to joining the Eagles in 2011, Duffy was the head video coordinator for the Temple University Football team under former head coach Al Golden. In that role, he spent thousands of hours shooting, logging and assisting with the breakdown of the All-22 film from the team's games, practices and opponents.

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