2011 NFL Draft: Five 'Big' Corners the Philadelphia Eagles Could Target
The Eagles secondary lacks size in the secondary.
Though Asante Samuel is one of the best playmakers at the corner position, there is a major need opposite of him at right cornerback.
Andy Reid and the front office may decide to draft a corner with size to complement the smaller Samuel.
Here are five corners with great size the Eagles could target.
Note: I left out Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara because both are projected to go in the top 10 picks.
5. Davon House
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Weight: 200 pounds
Davon House is a very underrated corner. He has 10 career interceptions and has great ball and cover skills.
House could be a solid sleeper for a team that takes a chance on the New Mexico product.
House is underrated in the running game as well, as he is not afraid to stick his nose in, hitting a running back coming full steam ahead.
Projection: Round 3
4. Ras-I Dowling
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Weight: 198 pounds
Ras-I Dowling of Virginia would have been a first-round prospect if he declared for last year's draft.
But in his senior season, Dowling struggled mightily and dealt with lingering injuries the entire season, causing him to miss nine games.
Though he bites for pump fakes, he is a solid cover corner and is great against the run.
Dowling recorded eight interceptions from his freshman to junior seasons.
Projection: Rounds 2-3
3. Curtis Brown
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Height: 190 pounds
Though Brown did not run a great 40 time, he looked fantastic in individual drills, making several tough catches in the drills.
Brown posted an astounding 39.5-inch vertical, the best for any corner in the draft, including studs like Patrick Peterson and Curtis Brown.
Brown was very athletic at Texas and showed great cover skills.
Though he only picked off one pass, Brown stood his ground in coverage.
Projection: Round 2
2. Aaron Williams
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Weight: 205 pounds
During the scouting combine drills, Mike Mayock and Deion Sanders remarked that Williams was "all over the place."
Mayock even pointed out that Williams might have to move to free safety in the NFL.
Williams did not pick off a pass this past junior year, but like his teammate Curtis Brown, was solid in coverage.
Williams is physical at the line and is not afraid to tackle, forcing five fumbles in his career.
Projection: Round 2
1. Jimmy Smith
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Weight: 212 pounds
At such a big size for corner, Smith still possesses great speed. He ran a 4.38 at the Combine.
Smith's play earned him 2010 First Team All-Big 12 honors, as he recorded 68 tackles.
Though he did not intercept a pass all season, Smith was not targeted. He shut down opponents' best wide receivers. Smith is a decent run supporter, though he could certainly improve.
Smith has great coverage skills evident in his tape and excelled in pressing receivers.
The Eagles could be lucky to get a top-12 talent like Smith at No. 23, especially with his character concerns.
Projection: Round 1