Curtis Marsh may not heal the Eagles' open gash at cornerback this season, but one analyst believes the third round pick has the potential to be a starter as early as next year. Wes Bunting, the National Football Post's director of college scouting, suggested the former Utah State running back could be a top-five prospect at corner... way back in February.
In my view he could end up being one of the top corners to come out of this draft class if given some time to mature and projects as a good starting corner in a year or two for an NFL team according to our grading scale.
Like many Eagles fans, Bunting admits he had never even heard of Marsh before 2010. What he saw when he went to the tape is a prospect with major upside, possibly even a second round pick.
I will admit that coming into 2010, I never even heard of Marsh. However, as I was grinding my way through tape late in the year and was watching Utah State vs. Boise State, there was one guy who made it nearly impossible for Broncos wideouts Austin Pettis and Titus Young to consistently gain separation from. Sure enough that’s when I discovered Marsh.
Marsh did a great job of fluidly turning to run down the field vertically with Young – one of the few cornerbacks in the nation who was able to be successful with that task. He also displayed impressive make-up speed when he gave up a step vertically and was physical/balanced enough in press man to routinely re-route off the line.
Marsh (6-0, 194) is still a project, but Bunting believes he will mature quickly. If he's right, that bodes well for the Birds, as they've struggled to replenish their corners after trading Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown in consecutive off-seasons.
Hat tip to Bleeding Green Nation for uncovering this piece.