NFC East: Aaron Williams

NFC East links: Will Haynesworth return?

April, 15, 2011
Dallas Cowboys

In the latest segment in its Draft Watch series, examines Texas cornerback Aaron Williams.'s Calvin Watkins looks at whether the Cowboys are ready to hand over the running game reins to Felix Jones.

New York Giants's Ohm Youngmisuk takes stock of the Giants' special-teamers and identifies some players the team could target in the draft.

Florida defensive back Will Hill, Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue and Cincinnati wide receiver Vidal Hazelton were among the prospects with local ties who had pre-draft visits with the team Thursday.

Philadelphia Eagles

Several of the Eagles' skill-position players -- including Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin -- have assembled in the Philadelphia area to workout together.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Vick said, "some people will never forget" about his highly publicized dog-fighting scandal.

Temple defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson will sit down for a meeting with Andy Reid Friday.

Washington Redskins

In an interview with Hogs Haven's Kevin Ewoldt , defensive end Jeremy Jarmon predicted Albert Haynesworth would be back with the club next season.

Eagles' biggest weakness: cornerback

March, 16, 2011
Scouts Inc.'s Matt Williamson examines the biggest weakness of each NFC East team and offers some potential solutions.

Outside of the ball-hawking Asante Samuel, the Eagles are extremely light at corner. The Eagles gave up a whopping 31 touchdown passes last season. Ellis Hobbs will retire, but the Eagles are set with their nickelback in Joselio Hanson.

[+] EnlargeBrandon Harris
Steve Mitchell/US PresswireThe Hurricanes' Brandon Harris could be a good fit in Philadelphia.
They really need to a find a starter. Depth here isn’t bad. Trevard Lindley could step up as he matures, and Dimitri Patterson has starting experience. But when Patterson is on the field, the offense targets him.

Obviously, the free-agent corner everyone is thinking about is Nnamdi Asomugha. Hey, I can’t argue with adding a truly elite cover man like Asomugha. But wow, is he going to be expensive. It is easy for me to spend the owner’s money -- and who knows what is going to happen with the salary cap. Asomugha will turn 30 in July; Samuel will turn 30 during the 2011 season.

The next best option would be the Bengals' Johnathan Joseph, who would be a big upgrade opposite Samuel. Joseph still has upside. He is very gifted but needs to stay healthy. Pittsburgh’s Ike Taylor and the Jets' Antonio Cromartie are well-known players, but Taylor could be starting to decline slightly and is older than Samuel while Cromartie doesn’t like to tackle. Still, either player would help immediately.

Baltimore has two corners who played well last year -- Chris Carr and Josh Wilson. The Eagles probably wouldn’t have to break the bank on either, and Wilson in particular is quite intriguing.

Although I have a hunch that Andy Reid will use the 23rd selection in the first round on an offensive lineman like Florida’s Mike Pouncey or Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi, there are three corners worth considering with that pick. Colorado’s Jimmy Smith is the most physically gifted, and Aaron Williams from Texas has excellent size. However, the player I would target is Miami’s Brandon Harris. In fact, Harris is such a good fit that I would consider moving up to assure that he became the Eagles’ property.

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