Comparing the Big 3 CB Prospects

Posted: April 17th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | Tags: , | 7 Comments »

Over at SB Nation Philly I wrote a column looking at the Big 3 CB prospects and how they compare to each other.  It would be ideal if the Eagles could land one of the trio.

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Jason at BleedingGreenNation has a post up with some info that Jimmy Smith’s character issues may be fading.   Make sure you check that out.  Hard to say if it is true or this is pre-draft mis-information being spread by teams.  Mike Mayock was on Eagles Live last week and said that Smith’s problems really concern him.  Mike talks to a lot of NFL people so that is worth keeping in mind.

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I watched some 2009 tape of Clemson while checking out a draft prospect.  I couldn’t help but watch Ricky Sapp some of the time.  I didn’t like him as a fit for our defense last year as a DE.  I thought he had to play LB.  This year is completely different.  We’ll let him get down in that track stance and fire off the ball from a wide angle.  That’s perfect for Sapp.  He looked good yesterday on the move.  I think he could really be a big help this year with Brandon Graham coming off the ACL injury.  Sapp isn’t going to start and deliver 10 sacks, but he can be a good situational rusher for us.

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I’ll answer some questions tomorrow.  Lots of draft work to do today.  The 28th is approaching fast.

Ricky Sapp gets ready for the IR.

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7 Comments on “Comparing the Big 3 CB Prospects”

  1. 1 Tommy Lawlor said at 2:44 PM on April 17th, 2011:

    Someone asked about Greg Little recently. I’ve got notes on him over at …

  2. 2 T_S_O_P said at 3:55 PM on April 17th, 2011:

    I read the article earlier, I thought it was very good and reminded me of how many options we have.

    On, Mayock didn’t seem to echo Jason’s thoughts. What trouble can someone get into with Facebook?

  3. 3 Ken said at 5:08 PM on April 17th, 2011:


    I know you think we can’t afford to spend a pick on a WR early, I would not be able to pass up Greg Little if he falls to the 4th. We are a passing team, so going deep with talented WRs can never hurt. DeSean is a guy that has and will continue to struggle to stay healthy through a full season because of his size. When DJ is either out or doesn’t play well our offense doesn’t play well. It would be nice to have a guy step in and be productive in his place when needed. And he is a totally different WR than anyone we have on our roster. He’d bring a physical presence that none of our guys currently have and he’d be a legit option in the RZ. Again I’d pass on day 1 and 2, but if he’s there in the 4th round I think the potential upside is too much to pass up.

  4. 4 mcud said at 5:12 PM on April 17th, 2011:

    I’d love to move up for Peterson, as he’s my favorite CB prospect in the last few years, maybe since Champ Bailey. I just don’t see the Eagles even considering it, not when they passed on moving up for Berry last year (and he could have conceivably played CB for us). I suppose that changes if a CBA can be reached and we move into the top 10 with Kolb.

    Jimmy Smith does indeed scare me a bit. I think I would rather trade out of round 1, get a 1st rounder for next year, and draft a guy in round 2. I’d love to see the Eagles target Aaron Williams AND Dowling in round 2, if that scenario were to play out. I’d be fine coming out of April with Dowling at RCB, and Aaron at safety, especially if the Eagles plan to move on from Mikell. Probably a tad unrealistic, as I think both Williams and Dowling could sneak into the late 1st round.

    Just make sure you come out of the weekend with a starter at RCB. That’s all I ask…

  5. 5 Sjampen said at 6:32 PM on April 17th, 2011:

    @ Mcud

    Thats funny, we got the same goal, a staring CB, but the more i see and hear about Jimmy Smith, the less scared i get.

    I Really look forward to the draft by now, so SOMETHING can happen. The Eagles could just go so many ways to close some sort of gap or getting a player worth the pick. I would love Kerrigan if the draft goes in that direction. I am however a little nerveous about both Carimi & Solder, not even to mention Sherrod, and i really dont think any of the true OGs looks like a first rounder, but in Andy/Howie(and Tommy) i trust!

  6. 6 Davesbeard said at 4:58 AM on April 18th, 2011:

    Glad to see some Lawlor-insight on Ricky Sapp! He definitely strikes me as a Jim Washburn wide-9 type of guy, could play the role Chris Clemons was meant to play in a system more suited to the role.

    If you could pick, would you prefer..?

    Amukamara with a trade up to picks 10-15
    Jimmy Smith at 23
    Ras-I Dowling picks 30-40

    I’d personally be pretty happy with any of those scenarios, Jimmy Smith would probably do fine in our locker room as long as he didn’t spend too much time in Herrdawgs van.

  7. 7 eaglizeit said at 5:17 PM on April 18th, 2011:

    I’d drop back & get Dowling even when Prince falls btwn 17-19. Btwn those 3 risks (for different reasons) picking up the 4th or 5th pick in the 3rd rd +whatever else would be worth it. Good DT & G should be around our 2nd & that pick.