NFL Draft Results: Eagles Trade Down, Select CB Curtis Marsh From Utah State

The Eagles came into this draft with two glaring needs in the eyes of many fans an pundits. One was on the offensive line, which was addressed in round one with Danny Watkins. The other was cornerback, which was addressed the with selection of Utah State corner Curtis Marsh.

Marsh has all the physical tools you look for in a corner prospect. He’s tall at 6-1, he’s got good speed (ran a 4.4 40) and he’s got long arms that give him a knack for breaking up passes. He was ranked sixth in the nation last season in passes defensed per game.

Marsh actually went to Utah State initially as a running back and played there for two years. However, when coach Gary Anderson came in, he took one look at Marsh’s size and athleticism and decided he would be best served at corner. It appeared as though he was right. After his second year playing corner, he earned All-WAC honors in his senior season and had a big game against highly touted Boise State WR Titus Young, who was taken with the 12th pick of the 2nd round this year.

He did in fact have a visit with the Eagles earlier this month and was projected to go anywhere from the second to third round. Solid value, great physical tools and still with plenty of room to improve. There’s a lot to like about this pick.

“He has a lot of upside,” Utes coach Gary Andersen said. “He’s only been playing the position for two years. His best football is ahead of him, and as he gets more comfortable with the position, he’s only going to get better.”

Marsh earned All-WAC honors last season and was sixth in the country in passes defensed per game. As we said earlier, his long arms gives him a knack for that. Marsh started to grab the attention of scouts last season, when he shut down highly touted Boise State WRs Titus Young and Austin Pettis last season. Those players went the second and third round respectively this year.

He did in fact have a visit with the Eagles earlier this month and was projected to go anywhere from the second to third round. Solid value, great physical tools and still with plenty of room to improve. There’s a lot to like about this pick.

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