HOW THE EAGLES CORNERED THE CORNERBACK MARKET!

By Sarah Paley

The Eagles drafted the first cornerback this year, and also 2025 picks in the third, fourth and fifth rounds without the Saints’ help.

“They wanted to trade up to select that guy (Quinyon Mitchell) and had to sit, and he fell right to them,” one exec said.

Because the Eagles spiraled late last season while the Lions surged, Philly had an easier time doubling up at cornerback early, which both teams prioritized. That is partly how the Eagles emerged with those extra 2025 mid-round picks, while Detroit parted with future third- and fourth-rounders.

“If Philly came into this draft saying to themselves that they want to get faster on the back end and pick up picks for next year, yeah, mission accomplished,” another exec said.

Trading up from 50 to 40 for Cooper DeJean anticipated and/or triggered a run at the position. The Saints took McKinstry next, followed by Houston taking Kamari Lassiter and Arizona taking Max Melton.

“Vic Fangio will use him (DeJean) as a safety, as a big nickel type,” an exec said. “You can look at him like Eddie Jackson, who Chicago took when Vic was there (fourth round in 2017). He was a corner they saw as a safety. Cooper might also have some Minkah Fitzpatrick-type traits. He has to be in a system that has multiplicity to maximize him.”

RD/PK NAME POS# SCHOOL
1/22
Quinyon Mitchell
CB1
Toledo
2/40
Cooper DeJean
CB4
Iowa
3/94
Jalyx Hunt
EDGE11
Houston Christian
4/127
Will Shipley
RB7
Clemson
5/152
Ainias Smith
WR22
Texas A&M
5/155
Jeremiah Trotter Jr.
LB12
Clemson
5/172
Trevor Keegan
G9
Michigan
6/185
Johnny Wilson
WR27
Florida State
6/190
Dylan McMahon
C7
NC State

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