The cornerbacks on the Philadelphia Eagles roster are Jalen Mills, Ron Brooks, Dwayne Gratz, C.J. Smith and the newly signed Patrick Robinson.
Having released veterans Leodis Mckelvin and losing Nolan Caroll to the Cowboys, the Eagles suddenly have gaping holes at the cornerback position.
Jalen Mills is the only current cornerback on the roster who saw significant playing time in 2016.
Mills played relatively well but struggled as the season progressed. The Eagles hope to see Mills expand from his rookie campaign.
Due to an injury, Ron Brooks became the birds starting nickel cornerback but was placed on injured reserve after a rupture in his right quadricep in week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings.
Gratz and Smith saw very limited action in the later weeks of the 2016 season when the games were meaningless.
Enter Patrick Robinson.
Robinson was signed to compete for a cornerback spot on the roster as a seasoned veteran who has played seven seasons in the NFL.
Drafted by the New Orleans Saints as the 32nd pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Florida State University, Robinson was expected to be a starter from the get go.
Clearly, he has not lived up to his first-round pick expectations.
However, Robinson has proven to be a solid starter in the NFL. He can compete at this level. In his second and third year, he had a combined 7 interceptions which had people considering him an above average starter.
Injuries have been his detriment as he has been inactive for three years due to injuries. The injuries that sidelined him have included knee injuries and patella injuries.
Along with Jalen Mills and hopefully a draft pick, I expect them to compete for starting jobs.
This leaves a few options available for the Eagles. Either draft a cornerback, sign another one in free agency, or make a trade for one. (Using Mychal Kendricks or Jason Kelce as trading pieces??)
With the draft day looming, I am still of the opinion that the eagles should draft John Ross in the first round of this draft.
The reason I am comfortable with taking a cornerback later in the draft is because the position is stacked for this draft class.
Aside from cornerbacks like Teez Tabor, Marshon Lattimore, Marlon Humphrey and Gareon Conley who will definitely not be available in the second round, there are very solid options to choose from.
Cornerbacks Adoree’ Jackson of USC, Kevin King of Washington and TreDavious White of LSU are all fringe first to second round players that I cannot see the Eagles passing up if on the board.
Thankfully this draft is loaded at cornerback, which is exactly what the Eagles need.