Zech McPhearson was a third-round pick during the 2021 NFL draft, but the former Texas Tech cornerback landed in a favorable situation with the Eagles. At the cornerback position for Philadelphia, there’s Darius Slay, Avonte Maddox and then five or six unknowns for defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon.
CBS Sports recently look at the sleeper rookies in the NFC that could earn key roles. For the Eagles, McPhearson was that guy.
CB Zech McPhearson
Impressive stat to know: Four interceptions and six pass breakups in 10 games at Texas Tech in 2020
When McPhearson looks around in the Eagles secondary room, he’ll notice Darius Slay and a whole bunch of uncertainty at other positions. His presence will likely signal the end of Avonte Maddox out of position on the perimeter, and Philadelphia’s neurotic fan base has been clamoring for more defensive back talent for years. With a 40 1/2″ vertical and agility that allowed him to run well under the 7.00 threshold in the three-cone drill, McPhearson has the lightning-quick feet and ball skills to instantly stand out in Philly.
A natural ball hawk who faced a ton of explosive wide receivers in the Big-12, McPhearson’s presence will allow Avonte Maddox to flourish in the slot without forfeiting three or four inches to opposing wideouts on the outside.
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