There are a few things you can never have enough in the NFL. You can never have enough pass rushers, pass catchers, and cornerbacks.
The Eagles are fairly set when it comes to pass catchers and the pass rushers, however they have a dramatic lack of competent corners. Asante Samuel is a complete stud, but opposite of him the best thing the Eagles have is Dimitri Patterson. I shake in my boots.
It is my belief that the Eagles will take a long and hard look at Nnamdi Asomugha once free agency begins, whenever that may be. The Eagles have never shied away from throwing money at guys that truly want, and as a result, I see cornerback being a major priority to address in free agency. In other words, I don’t see the Eagles drafting a corner in the first round of the NFL Draft. However, the second round will likely offer someone who I absolutely love.
That is Curtis Brown, a cornerback from Texas. Brown is the perfect type of player to play opposite of Samuel or as a nickel back. Brown reminds me very much of Sheldon Brown, the former Eagles cornerback who was a second round pick in 2002. Both Browns play the cornerback position in the same style. Neither one of them are flashy players, nor will they ever be.
Instead, they keep very tight coverage on their assignments and make plays in space. One of Sheldon Brown’s best attributes was his ability to make a solid tackle, something that is lost on many corners in today’s NFL. Curtis Brown plays with the same fierce streak.
The knock you will hear about Brown (Curtis. We’re done talking about Sheldon.), is the fact that last season he tallied no interceptions and only notched one in his four year career at Texas. Understandably, that will scare off some folks. I get it. However, much like Asomugha, Brown saw very few throws go his way in his years at Texas. He is the perfect example of a lockdown corner.
Now, will that translate to the NFL where he’ll be facing both stud receivers and quarterbacks? Obviously, that’s a waiting game that we’ll have to play. Brown will not be a first round pick, though he could be a low to mid second round pick.
The Eagles hold the 22nd pick in the second round, 54th overall. Brown could very well be gone by then and, should the Eagles be interested in him, it’s likely they’d need to trade up a few slots to nab him.