April 23, 2024   3 MIN READ

‘Looks the Part’

Plenty of Defensive Help In NFL Draft


The biggest need for the Philadelphia Eagles entering the 2024 NFL Draft lies on the defensive side of the football.

On the latest “The Intel With Greg Cosell” on “Inside The Birds,” the legendary NFL Films analyst Cosell joined Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher to break down the top prospects found in the back seven of the defense.

Quinyon Mitchell

Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell is one of the top cornerback prospects in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Quinyon Mitchell

Greg Cosell: “He has everything you look for. He is over six feet, 195 [pounds] but built like a running back, his 40 time was off the charts, great vertical jump. He looks the part. There is no question that playing off coverage, which he played almost exclusively in Toledo’s defense, that he is one of those classic click and close, plant and drive corners.”

Terrion Arnold

Cosell: “He was a fun guy to watch because he is super physical, super competitive. He is what I would call a mirror match master; he wasn’t necessarily physical in terms of jamming receivers off the ball, but he matched them. One thing that stood out that is going to need to be cleaned up is he lost contact with receivers at times at the top of the route stem when he was in press coverage.” 

Kool-Aid McKinstry

Cosell: “I think McKinstry is a better press-man corner than Arnold. He is a true cover corner, very comfortable matching up on the outside.” 

Nate Wiggins

Cosell: “The weight is a concern, but you are dealing with a guy that is an explosive athlete. He does play physically at times on the outside at press. Where he is really good is explosive plant and drive closing speed from off coverage. He is fast and he is long.”

Cooper DeJean

Cosell: “He probably does not have the ideal corner traits that you want. He is a little stiff, his transitions are not as smooth and comfortable as you would ideally like, but he is an explosive straight-line linear athlete. The feeling is he is probably better suited to play safety.” 

Edgerrin Cooper

Cosell: “He is an explosive guy, has sudden movement, instant acceleration, elite closing burst. This guy is sudden, has hip and core flexibility. He has a reactive trigger that is just unbelievable.”

Jeremiah Trotter Jr.

Cosell: “I really liked his tape a lot. The big question is going to be size. You wouldn’t call him an explosive athlete, he lacks size, length, pure explosiveness, but you can say he compensates for those deficiencies with really high-level football intelligence.”

– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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