The Eagles Defense has struggled at the back end over the last few seasons, with their corner play becoming a rollercoaster. The ups and downs have been well documented by the Philly media and fans alike. The Eagles brass have struggled to find the right combination of players to team up together which in large part lead to multiple problems.
This year won’t be any different..at least to start with. Going into training camp, newly signed Patrick Robinson, and 2nd year standout Jalen Mills, look to be the starters on the outside. Howie Roseman and company did a great job in this Draft, with the additions of Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas both of whom have the potential to be future starters.
After these four players, the situation becomes cloudy, and this is where the Eagles looked to find a few hidden gems in their UDFA signings. It’s also where CB Tre Sullivan, comes in. The 6’0, 200 lbs, prospect enters rookie minicamp with great size, and the talent to match and has the potential to be a playmaker in the Eagles, secondary.
He has great hips and is able to run stride for-stride with quicker receivers, as they progress through their route tree. With 150 career tackles, 3 for a loss, 25 pass breakups, 6 interceptions, 2 FF, 1 FR, and 3 blocked kicks, for good measure, the Shepherd University star, possesses the potential of a future starter one day in the NFL.
What stands out most, is his ability to set the tone with his physical style of play, something Schwartz cherishes in corners. He never shies away from contact on ball carriers. He is versatile enough to play center field, as he can play both safety positions in addition to the nickel, and both outside corners. Although he lacks the big game experience most look for in a prospect, he stood out in a good way playing against D-2 opponents.
He has great turn and run ability and has the true speed to get on top of WR’s at the top of their route. Able to body bigger opponents (TE’s), and can track the ball in the air, when covering deep, the Shepherd star isn’t afraid to mix it up with offensive linemen, and adds value in blitz packages.
Some will write him off for playing at a division-2 school, but when you look at his size, his speed (4.5), and all around skillset, you see a player who could be an absolute steal, for a team (The Eagles).
The lack of clarity in the Eagles, CB room will lead to an interesting position battle this offseason. One that will certainly be worth watching, and one where Tre Sullivan, could end up being a front runner. It would not be too farfetched to say, that he could be a player who turns a few heads and sticks to the team’s final roster. There is still tons of time until it is all figured out, and the Birds’ have their room of corners set, but Sullivan is one underdog worth keeping an eye on.