Did The Eagles Get The Best Cornerback In This Year’s Draft?
In the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft the Eagles selected Cornerback Sidney Jones, who was projected to be a top 15 first round pick before sustaining a torn Achilles in his left leg during his final drill at University of Washington's Pro Day. In three seasons Jones played in a minimum of 13 games each season compiling Eight Interceptions, 21 Pass Deflections, and 105 Solo Tackles.
Turron Davenport of USA Today Eagles Wire joined The Sports Bash on Monday with analysis of the Eagles selection of Sidney Jones at 43rd overall:
"(Drafting Jones) shows one hundred percent how (the Eagles) are looking at the long term success of this team. Obviously Sidney Jones is not going to come in and be an impactful player right away, let alone towards the middle of the season. But when you look at just pure ability to play the Cornerback position, it doesn't get better than Sidney Jones in this rookie class; Marshon Lattimore, Gareon Conley, none of them could play the position as well as Sidney Jones. He's a guy who can bump side and play the Nickel, he can lineup outside and hold his own there, despite what some people 'size restrictions'. But he's a long Corner at around 5'11"/6'1" and he's aggressive, he plays against the run, his ball skills are tremendous, he'll turn the football over. And that's why people compare him to Marcus Peters; another guy that I compare him to just because of his ball skills and ability to find the football is Brent Grimes. So you're getting a guy who is going to get more opportunities for the offense to score points."
Checkout Davenport's analysis of draft picks Donnel Pumphrey and Rasual Douglas along with the impact of Eagles' selections on players such as Nelson Agholor and Wendell Smallwood: