In the 2010 season, the Philadelphia Eagles had a pair of safeties who played really well.
Rookie free safety Nate Allen earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month honors in September and started 13 games before suffering a season-ending patellar tendon injury in the 38-31 win against the Giants in late December.
Strong safety Quintin Mikell turned in his third consecutive season in which he earned All-Pro honors or a Pro Bowl selection. But Mikell will be 31 years old next season and has already told Comcast SportsNet that he does not think the Eagles will want him back in 2011. Before the lockout became official, he reported that he had not spoken with new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
If Mikell does not return to the Eagles in 2011, Kurt Coleman, the team’s seventh round draft pick from 2010, will probably start.
But Coleman may be better suited as a backup, at least for one more season, so he can learn the Eagles’ system.
The Eagles would be wise to draft a safety in the 2011 draft.
Jaiquawn Jarrett from Temple University would be a great selection by the Eagles.
Jarrett is 21 years old and was named by NFL Draft Scout as the sixth best safety prospect in the draft.
He stands 6’0, weighs 198 pounds, and ran a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash.
Throughout his college career, he played in every game. He also contributed on the kickoff, punt, and opponent field goal units.
He is a good blitzer, a solid tackler, and a fantastic hustler. Scouts have predicted that Jarrett could successfully play multiple positions in the NFL.
Jarrett flew under the rader during most of his college career but the recent success of Temple’s defense, as well as the team’s first appearance in a bowl game in the last 30 years (during the 2009 season), have helped NFL teams learn his name.
Jarrett has already visited several times with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is projected to be drafted in the third or fourth round and would be a solid fit for Juan Castillo’s defense in 2011.