Will Illinois’s Devon Witherspoon hear his name called by the Eagles on draft night? Cornerback is a popular position to mock to the Eagles. And it is an obvious need for them. James Bradberry is pretty much already gone. While they could still resign him, that has seemed unlikely from the jump. After an All-Pro season, he will be in high demand and will be out of the Eagles’ price range. Outside him, the Eagles have Darius Slay, who has just one year left on his deal and is getting older. They also have Avonte Maddox, who has played great in the slot, but struggled when asked to play outside before. And not much of note after them.
We already discussed Christian Gonzalez and Joey Porter Jr as fits for the Eagles. But now let’s look at Devon Witherspoon.
The Eagles will be looking at corner on draft night. It has been a while since they took a cornerback in the first round of the draft though. The last time that happened was in 2002 with Lito Shepard. Is Devon Witherspoon the man to break that trend though? If you look at mock drafts, many writers certainly think so. Early on in the offseason, he is easily the most popular name coming up for the Eagles at pick 10.
Would that be a good move for them though? Will Witherspoon’s dominance in college carry over to the NFL? Or was he taking advantage of poor competition at WR in the Big 10 West? He will certainly be a name to watch closely as we approach the draft. And if you were not locked into Illinois football this season, you may be looking to learn more about the potential future Eagle. So here are 5 things you should know about Devon Witherspoon before the draft.