Continuing our our pre-draft series, we continue to take a look at players the Philadelphia Eagles may consider selecting at some point during the 2017 NFL Draft. While these players may not all be first round quality, this series will look at players across all the rounds that the Philadelphia Eagles could select during the draft process.
Moving on from the potential day two pick of defensive end Dawuane Smoot, today, we take a look at a player that could end up being one of the Eagles second round picks this year. In need of two new starting cornerbacks for 2017, the second of these new starters could just be Clemson corner Cordrea Tankersley.
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Working his way up through the system at Clemson, Cordrea Tankersley was a special team player his first two seasons with the Tigers. Once the senior leadership left though, Tankersley finally got his opportunity and did not disappoint once he latched onto the role as a starter.
Making the third team All-ACC in his first season as a starter, Tankersley eventually rose into an even more powerful force his senior season. Named as a member of the All-ACC first team last season, Tankersley was also a third team All-American. Recording nine interceptions in his two seasons as a starter, Tankersley is a day two pick to keep your eye on.
Good overall length and a solid build for the cornerback position. Looks to harass and cover receivers as long as he potentially can be. Has multiple gears to help him maintain coverage on receivers. Experience in a variety of coverages and very disruptive at the point of the catch. Ball production shows that he has the skills to be a lockdown corner at the next level.
Soft hands and can pluck balls right out of the air. Balance when tackling is impressive along with his natural ability to square up the ball carrier. Goes low and explodes into tackles through his shoulders. Is someone that can be put on an island and thrive.
Is someone that won’t play well off of man. Anticipation and instincts are below average for lockdown cornerbacks. Lacks ability in backpedal and also processes plays slower than normal. Struggles to sink in and redirect himself to get back to the route. Allows too much separation at times and will need to pick up some football IQ at the NFL level.
Balance in coverage is shaky at best. Feet and hips are clunky when he if forced to turn and run in pursuit of the receiver. Panics when behind on route and will be very grabby. Interception total equals his pass interference total over the past two seasons. Inconsistent finding the ball when he has his back to the quarterback.