NFL Draft 2011: The Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback Quandary

James WhiteContributor IApril 29, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 19:  Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants turns out of the tackle of Dimitri Patterson #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles on his way to a touchdown at New Meadowlands Stadium on December 19, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Not sure what I think of the Eagles first round pick.

A position of need, but personally I thought this year's draft was pretty strong at the OG position and it would have been better taking a prospect in a later round.

We all had cornerback down as the number one need for the Eagles.

Most of us had cornerback a the biggest position of need in last years draft (at least tied with FS). I pretty sure all of us wanted to know by now that the Eagles had finally found a true starting CB.

But what does the Watkins pick tell us?

The Eagles were not happy with Jimmy Smith's character. Talent wise, Smith would have been perfect for the Eagles at 23.

Does this mean Andy Reid is intent on acquiring the stud cornerback available in free agency?


The 2nd Round in the Draft is Crucial

If Andy Reid is interested in signing free agent Nnamdi Asomugha from free agency, how should he proceed in the second round?

Should he pass on a cornerback in Round 2 as well, effectively laying his eggs in one basket and hope no other team is prepared to pay more for the stud DB than the Eagles are willing to invest?

They could draft a cornerback in the 3rd or 4th round just in case, but no one really wants to be left with another depth player to join a group already consisting of Dimitri Patterson, Joselio Hanson and Trevard Lindley (all pretty good but no clear starter amongst them).

The likes of Devon House should be available come the Eagles' 2nd Round pick, but would that effectively rule the Eagles out of the race for Asomugha?

Even though Samuel may be getting on in years, surely spending a 2nd Round pick on a player only to sign a stud free agent at the same position would be a waste of a pick. Especially when you consider the shape of the Eagles linebacker unit. 

We've already seen how this issue has been addressed in the draft.

I'm sure plenty of teams would like to have traded for Kevin Kolb instead of reaching for an unproven quarterback, but were unwilling to risk losing out to a higher bidder.

Arguably the delay of free agency and the trade market hasn't hurt any team more than the Eagles.

Many teams have ruled themselves out of the race for Kevin Kolb, significantly lowering his trade value (but I think this could probably be the subject of a separate article all together). The Eagles should have been able to enter the draft knowing whether or not they needed to invest highly at the cornerback position.

People are still unsure if any trading or free agent signings will be allowed today (we should know a little more later), and legally they should have been able to when Judge Nelson made her ruling on Sunday, but teams seem to be holding off until things become clearer.

With the position the Eagles are in, they must want to be able to know where they stand before they make their 2nd Round pick. They may be the first team to make a move despite how uncertain things are currently.

As it stands I think all questions shall be answered with the Eagles' second choice. If they pass on a cornerback, I expect the Eagles to throw money at Nnamdi Asomugha until it sticks.