Day two of the NFL Draft is in the books. Everyone believed the Eagles would begin to address the defense on the second day, and that held true. However, the players they took were a bit surprising.
In the second round, the Eagles decided to stay just where they were. That was a bit surprising as we know they’re a team who loves to trade. At this point, I thought they would look to draft a corner after passing on Jimmy Smith in the first round.
Two corners went off the board in the first two picks as the Patriots taking Ras-I Dowling and the Bills taking Aaron Williams.
Despite corners flying early, Brandon Harris out of Miami remained on the board. However, the Eagles passed on Harris to draft Temple safety Jaiquawn Jarrett. He’s a local product that the Eagles worked out before the draft.
Most draft experts didn’t have Jarrett going this high, but he’s clearly the guy the Eagles are high on. He has pretty good size and Andy Reid considers him to be a big hitter. Personally, I like his size, but I think he can afford to put some weight on his frame before Training Camp.
I view Jarrett as a great athlete who can develop over the course of a few years if he studies hard and listens to his coaches. The Eagles seem to view him as a developmental guy too. They have a lot of young safeties right now who can blossom into good players. However, they need to spend some more time on the field.
In the third round, the Eagles finally made the trade we all expected. It wasn’t a big move. They traded their 85th overall selection to the Ravens for their 90th overall selection and an additional pick in the 6th round.
After trading back, they finally took a corner. However, it wasn’t the corner many people expected. They took Curtis Marsh out of Utah State. During his time there, Marsh played running back his first two seasons before being converted to corner.
Marsh has a good build and has the ability to press his receiver and be physical if asked to. Like Jarrett, Marsh isn’t a guy who will fight for a starting job out of the gate. Instead, he will be a developmental player. They will try to use his skill set to transform him into a corner who can play physical on receivers, but also has the ability to play off receivers and use his speed to close the gap.
Marsh is definitely a bit raw, but he was sixth in the nation in passes defended as a senior. However, it was surprising that the Eagles chose him over guys like Curtis Brown and Davon House who are solid corners with more experience.
Coming in as a rookie, it looks like Marsh will try to eventually work his way into the nickel corner position. He’s not starting material yet, and again it looks like the Eagles are counting heavily on landing a starting corner in free agency.
Overall, it seems like both selections tonight were a bit of a reach, but they’re not players that we will really be able to fully judge after their first season. The Eagles won’t look for a ton of production of out these guys in 2011. Instead, they’ll look for them to improve their skill set and contribute more down the line.