Eagles Draft Watch: Four sixth-round prospects to keep an eye on

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CINCINNATI, OH – OCTOBER 04: UCF (DB) Tay Gowan (23) during a college football game between the University of Central Florida Knights (UCF) and Cincinnati Bearcats on October 4, 2019 at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati, OH (Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire)

The final two rounds of the draft are where things get a bit tricky. It’s hard to find the true impact players that have fallen through the cracks. Some great players have come out of the last two rounds but not many. All in all, the Eagles need to strike strategically. Here are four prospects that I can see them targeting in the 6th round:

Clemson WR Cornell Powell

Powell isn’t a sure thing heading to the pro level. He is a sixth-round candidate due to never really putting it together at Clemson until his fifth and final season. The sample size is extremely small but it effective. It was the same kind of impact that Travis Fulgham had on the Eagles last season. Powell became one of the main targets of the Clemson offense once Trevor Lawrence went down.

The 6’0, 205 lbs wideout finished his 2020 season with 53 receptions for 882 yards and 7 touchdowns. He averaged 16 yards per reception and caught 8 passes when he was targeted for 20 yards or more. He isn’t the fastest receiver in the draft but Powell has a unique ability to separate and can keep balance through contact.

UCF CB Tay Gowan

The Eagles brass has been doing their due diligence on Gowan for a while. He opted out of the 2020 season and it may have left the wrong taste in the mouths of scouts, while others believe Gowan could be better a better fit at safety than corner. The 6’2, 190 lbs, DB has tremendous size on his side and the reasons for intrigue shouldn’t stop there.

Gowan is more efficient in press coverage than off coverage and is up and down when it comes to run support. But like most from the UCF DB factory, he’s incredibly competitive and makes his living at the cath-point, which is what this turnover starved defense needs/ Although some may not believe in his ability at the pro level, Gowan had a good campaign in 2019 when he finished with 31 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 8 pass deflections.

Georgia CB DJ Daniel

DJ has great athleticism and size for the CB position but needs help in developing his ball skills. With a player of his size and potential, Daniel could be one of those players that make an impact at some point down the road. He’s great in man coverage but has moments where he gets beaten due to his over-commitment. There is also the occasional missed tackle which would be enough to give any Eagles fan second thoughts.

Daniel finished his career at Georgia with 51 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, and 9 pass deflections. He may be a true developmental corner but has the upside to turn his career around into something special.

TCU LB Garret Wallow

Wallow could be a big sleeper pick in the late rounds. He’s a former safety converted to linebacker. Relax, he isn’t Nate Gerry 2.0. Wallow is a pure LB at this point in his career and an efficient one at that. His experience at the third level of the defense has paid off in the transition. He’s an aggressive tackler with a unique ability to cover in zone or man.

Garret finished his career at TCU with 295 tackles, 32.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 4 pass deflections, and 1 interception. Wallow will be a very effective player at the pro level as long as theirs good people around him to develop him.

Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire

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