Eagles need to fill void at corner

Updated: April 19, 2004, 12:35 PM ET
By By Scouts, Inc. | For ESPN Insider
With the NFL draft only days away, Scouts, Inc., revisits each NFL team's needs.

Cornerback
The Eagles lost both starters from a year ago with Troy Vincent leaving for Buffalo and Bobby Taylor signing with Seattle. To make matters worse, there are some concerns about the ability of Sheldon Brown and Lito Sheppard to replace them. Philadelphia doesn't make a selection until late in the first round, so finding a true starter in a thin class of corners seems unlikely. However, there are a number of big, physical corner prospects who would be a great fit in Jim Johnson's attack style defense.

UCLA's Matt Ware and Arkansas' Ahmad Carroll are of the same mold as Vincent and Taylor and could provide depth for a year or two until they're ready to challenge for a starting job, but they aren't great values in the first round. Although this is the most pressing need facing Andy Reid's team, the reality of the situation is clear -- taking a corner at 28 would be a reach. Instead, look for the Eagles to take the best available player at offensive guard or inside linebacker, where there is better value and hope that a guy like Ware falls to them in the second round.

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