NFL Draft Prospect: Quinten Rollins, Cornerback From Miami of Ohio
As we approach the 2015 NFL Draft, it’s time to find out more and more about the players who could be helping out the Eagles in 2015. Each week here on 973ESPN.com, I will feature a new a player from positions of need for the Eagles and players who appear in some of the prominent mock drafts.
As we see names appear in mock drafts and hear about names that the Eagles met with and talk to at the college all-star games, the combine and pro days we will find out more about them here.
In his most recent NFL mock draft, Dane Brugler at CBS Sports has the Eagles taking Miami of Ohio cornerback Quinten Rollins at No. 20 overall.
The last three weeks we have looked at safety Kurtis Drummond of Michigan State and Eric Rowe a cornerback from Utah and the guy that Scott Wright, President of Draftcountdown.com has the Eagles taking at pick No. 20 – P.J. Williams, cornerback from Florida State. This week we take a close look at a guy that Wright really likes in Rollins.
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Several analysts have suggested that Rollins' upside might push him into the first round, the former point guard, who was a four year basketball starter on the basketball team only played one year of college football and is very new to the game. But Rollins has great quickness and instincts, helping him record 72 tackles, seven interceptions, 4.0 tackles for loss, one forced fumble and nine pass breakups in his first collegiate season on the gridiron.
From Scott Wright President of Draftcountdown.com on the Sports Bash:
"Now you're in my wheelhouse," Wright gushed when talking about Rollins. "I am a huge Quinten Rollins fan, I have been driving his bandwagon since the very early in the season. For those who aren't familiar, he played college basketball for four years, and was a starter, productive player. He had one more year of eligibility left in college and he decided to walk on to the football team, kind of like Jimmy Graham did and just had an incrdible season."
"The thing that impressed me most about Rollins was how quickly he made the transition. If you did know he was playing his first football games in college - you would have never figured it out. He looked like he belonged immediately, to the point where two-three-four games into the season, opposing teams were avoiding his side of the field."
He has the prototypical size, but the one question is the long speed. We're going to have to see how he runs and if he can run step-for-step down the field with elite wide receivers. But even if he can't play corner, I think he can play safety, because he is very physical as well. At one point he was leading the country in interceptions, I have him as my No. 3 cornerback right now, I think there is a chance he could end up in the first round when all is said and done."
NFL Draft expert Scott Wright, President of DraftCountdown.com talks about Quinten Rollins and more on the 2015 Draft with Mike Gill