Draft Recap – 99th Overall Rasul Douglas

The Eagles double down and take another DB with the 99th selection overall.  Rasul Douglas has a chance to come in a compete right away.  He’s got to be thrilled because he’s coming to a team with no starting corners.  Jobs are up for grabs.  Douglas has the tools and measurable’s Jim Schwartz covets in corners.  He’s long and has great size.  He would have went a lot higher had his mechanics and footwork been improved.  Workouts aside I think the Eagles selected a player who will contribute and make an impact this year.  That’s all you can ask for in a 3rd round pick.

“Defense, defense, defense. Douglas is a long corner. Exactly what Jim Schwartz likes.” –  Mike Mayock

Here are his Strengths and Weaknesses from NFL.com -STRENGTHS Tall, sporting an angular frame with good overall length. Very aware from zone coverage. Will roll out of his coverage area and overlap in order to make a play. Reads quarterbacks drops and will break early to race ahead of slants and make a play on the throw. Finisher when the ball is there to be had and flashed ball skills of a pro. Plays with strong hands. Able to go up high and win the 50-50 balls and needs very little time to have hands interception-ready. Good recognition of route combinations and will shift from pattern to pattern. Not a physical tackler but gets guys down. Length allows him to catch stray running backs breaking contain.

WEAKNESSES Tall corner who plays upright in his pedal, which affects his balance and transition quickness. Very average in his pattern matching and has below average closing burst to the ball. Won’t be able to match quick-footed receivers from press coverage. Athletic and coverage limitations could limit his scheme fits. Doesn’t have the downfield juice to stick with burners on go routes. Makeup speed is below average. Inconsistent hitter who may lack necessary aggressiveness as tackler to project to safety. Defaults to arm tackles.

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Source(s) – philadelphiaeagles.com –  picture, Mike Mayock NFL.com – quote/scouting report


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