There’s no denying that the Eagles saw their fair share of poor play from the corner position in 2010. This is one of the big reasons just about every Eagles fan wanted to see the team pursue free agent Nnamdi Asomugha this offseason.
The expired Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents the Eagles from doing so at the moment, so the team will have to decide whether or not they feel there’s a corner in the first round they’d like to go after. One possibility could be Colorado corner Jimmy Smith.
The immediate thing that sticks out to me about Smith is his size. He stands at 6’2”, 210-pounds, providing the type of size we typically don’t see out the Eagles’ corners. On their current roster, Trevard Lindley is the biggest player they have at 6’0”, 185-pounds.
Size isn’t something that should overshadow talent, but it’s nice to have in a division with wide receivers like Hakeem Nicks (6’1”, 215-pounds), Miles Austin (6’2”, 215-pounds), and Dez Bryant (6’2”, 215-pounds).
Along with his size, Smith showed good speed at the Combine by registering a 4.46 second 40-yard dash time. He also put up 225 pounds a total of 24 times on the bench press and registered a 36-inch vertical leap.
Smith is a guy that some experts are high on while others are very skeptical. He’s been placed all over draft boards with some having him going in the middle of the first round, while others have him falling into the second round.
Personally, I prefer a corner like Smith who has the ability to get up on a man and press off the line. It hasn’t always the preferred method by Eagles corners, but I think it would give the Eagles a nice option opposite a guy who plays off the ball like Asante Samuel does.
Smith prefers to play up on receivers and use his size and strength to dictate a receiver’s path off the line. He also possesses the ability to run with a receiver with his speed once they break from the line.
I’m still hoping for the Eagles to make a serious run at Asomugha, and if they believe they can land him, they may stray from looking to draft a corner early. There are also some potential second round prospects who look like good players that they could pursue.
Overall, I like Smith as a player, but I have a hard time seeing the Eagles drafting him in the first round. If those experts who believe Smith could fall into the second round are correct, maybe the Eagles will try to make a push for him. However, I don’t see him being a first round option for them.
Below, check out highlights of Smith against Oklahoma, courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com.