Philadelphia Eagles will need to draft a starting cornerback

In need of two new starting cornerbacks, the Philadelphia Eagles will need to add one of these players through this offseason's NFL Draft.

Oct 29, 2016; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Quincy Wilson (6) against the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half at EverBank Field. Florida Gators defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 24-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Addressing some of their bigger needs throughout the free agency period so far, the Philadelphia Eagles still are in need of some key players for next season. While players like Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith upgrade the receiving corps, the Eagles still have other needs across both the offense and the defensive sides of the ball.

That said, the biggest need for the team at the current mark is at cornerback. Releasing both starters from last season, Philly struck out on their pursuit of A.J. Bouye and have yet to target another potential starter this offseason. Given the lack of top end talent available in free agency at this position, Philadelphia will likely have to address part of this need during the upcoming NFL Draft.


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While a few starter quality cornerbacks remain on the market, I highly doubt that the Eagles can afford to sign two of these players. Though the option to trade for one remains, Philly is unlikely to swing trades for two starting cornerbacks. With one starter likely to be obtained before the draft, Philadelphia will need to draft a starter during the draft.

Luckily for the Philadelphia Eagles, this year’s draft is extremely deep in cornerbacks. With first and second round talent likely to be day one starters at the position, the Eagles should have their pick of players during the draft. Players like Quincy Wilson, Teez Tabor, Adoree Jackson, and Tre’Davious White are just some of the players that could be available when the Eagles make their first and second round selections.

Given the amount of talent, I am not to concerned at the moment about the lack of cornerback signings by Philly. Add to this that the receiver position looks to have been addressed for this season and Philly can just focus on their cornerback class. Heck, it is even possible that Philly could spend back-to-back picks during the NFL Draft adding starting cornerbacks to their roster.

Whatever route the Philadelphia Eagles take this offseason, they will need to somehow sign two starting cornerbacks. While both could be rookies selected during the draft, the Eagles will need to find someway to add players to the position this offseason.

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