The Philadelphia Eagles entered free agency needing secondary help. The signings of Malcolm Jenkins and Nolan Carroll helped add depth for Philadelphia, but a decision could be made on whether to keep CB Cary Williams around for another season (4.75 cap it). Stanley Jean-Baptiste is a towering corner, at 6-foot-3, 218 pounds.
Jean-Baptiste brings the length and size for the corner position. He disrupts receivers with jams in press coverage, but often played off-man for Nebraska, and showed the patience to react when wideouts got close to him. Jean-Baptiste has the long arms and strong hands to bat away the football.
The Nebraska product is regarded as a 3rd round prospect. The Eagles, who like bigger cornerbacks, would relish this selection; Jean-Baptiste could work his way into the nickel & dime packages as a rookie. The disadvantages that he possesses are his lack of ideal speed (4.61 40 yard dash), and needs to develop his tackling skills, also susceptible to double-moves.
Jean-Baptiste could potentially be viewed as a safety prospect, even though he spent his college career playing corner. His size projects to the position, and he would need to improve on his physicality to become a starting caliber player. A comparable player to Jean-Baptiste would be Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, who was an underrated player coming out of Stanford as a 5th round choice in 2011. Sherman developed unbelievable skills, and Jean-Baptiste could become a solid pro with technique refinement.
The Eagles will be looking for a defensive option come May, and the cornerback from Nebraska could wind up wearing midnight green next season and start his NFL journey in Philadelphia.