Edges Of Glory
The Intel With Greg Cosell: Deep, Diverse Group Of Edge Rushers For Draft
After a wave of free agent signings, the Philadelphia Eagles roster is beginning to take shape.
Now, the team can begin turning its attention towards the 2023 NFL draft.
On the latest “The Intel with Greg Cosell” podcast, Greg Cosell joined Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher to analyze the newest Eagles signings and evaluate edge rushers in the upcoming draft class.
Greg Cosell: “He is a really explosive back…Let’s keep in mind that the Eagles are a schemed run game more than we-need-a-great-back run game because of Jalen Hurts. It gives you defined ways to run the football. Penny’s a more explosive back than (Miles) Sanders. If you’re trying to be fair based on tape, he is probably a better back for what the Eagles do because he gives you more explosive, home-run hitting ability.”
Cosell: “He went to LSU, was the next corner. The guy is long, athletic; he’s a traits player. (Darius) Slay and (James) Bradberry are older corners, so you don’t know exactly what is going to happen. He certainly fits the profile. Everyone wants corners that are tall and long.”
Cosell: “He was always a sub-package linebacker because he’s very athletic. He’s probably a little more athletic than Kyzir White, not as much of a run defender because he’s lighter, but he can move.”
Cosell: “He can run the Eagles offense. He is a similar style of player, not as good of a thrower as Hurts is right now. He’ll miss throws, without question. But, if you have to play your backup, you would like to be in a situation where you don’t have to make dramatic changes in the way you play. Mariota can run the same offense and create some of the same issues in the run game.”
Cosell: “Nolan Smith is really light, so the question is: Is he an edge pass rusher in the NFL? He was not a great pass rusher at Georgia. He looks great on the field, he’s incredibly athletic. I kept watching his tape thinking if he would be better off as a linebacker in the mold of Fred Warner.”
Cosell: “This guy looks the part: size, length, athleticism, alignment versatility. This guy has opposing size and length. There’s a lot of flashes in his tape that lead you to believe he could become a complete edge rusher in the NFL: speed-to-power, quickness to clear the arc, he can counter inside.”
Cosell: “I thought he was much better in 2022 than 2021. He showed more bend and flexibility off of the edge. He’s another guy that has the traits, prototypical build for a 4-3 defensive end. He shows some explosion off of the ball, can attack the high side and win off of the edge, showed inside counters, strong hands. There were snaps he jarred offensive tackles with power in his hand strikes.”
Cosell: “He’s a guy that will play in five-man fronts. He’s sudden, twitchy, has great burst off of the ball as an edge pass rusher, has the body flexibility and that lean to clear the arc and flatten his rush path to the quarterback. Watching him, I saw a lot of Haason Reddick.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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