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Round 1: Pick #29; Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia


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Stokes has the length and speed.   Has some issues to clean up, but that is what coaching is for.  For 2021, Stokes gets to develop with Alexander as the #1, King and Sullivan starting as the #2 and #3.  He should be able to push for snaps as the season progresses.  

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2 minutes ago, CWood21 said:

I'd be hard pressed to find 9 corners who are clearly better then him.  You've got Surtain, Farley, and Horn as for sure.  You'd probably have Newsome and Samuel.  But beyond that?  I'm lost.

I would like to see that list as well.  

This guy is a great athlete for Jerry Grey to work with.  I think he can do it.  

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https://www.si.com/nfl/2021/04/23/eric-stokes-potential-nfl-draft-steal-hiding-plain-sight

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According to Sports Info Solutions, Stokes allowed an opposing quarterback completion rate of 38% in 2020. In the SEC. Against receivers like DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle and Ja'Marr Chase, each of whom might come off the board before him. Teams throwing against him in 2020 experienced a negative expected points added rating of -16, higher than that of Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II. He was taking away more than half a point per target.

According to Pro Football Focus' premium college stats, over three years when matched up against a horde of first-round picks from Alabama and LSU (Justin Jefferson, Ja'Marr Chase, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Devonta Smith, Henry Ruggs and Jaylen Waddle) Stokes allowed a total of seven catches on 11 targets for two touchdowns. The longest completion against any of those players was 23 yards

 

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2 minutes ago, squire12 said:

Stokes has the length and speed.   Has some issues to clean up, but that is what coaching is for.  For 2021, Stokes gets to develop with Alexander as the #1, King and Sullivan starting as the #2 and #3.  He should be able to push for snaps as the season progresses.  

Get his footwork and hips cleaned up a bit and you've got a dynamic 1-2 punch between him and Jaire.

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2 minutes ago, beekay414 said:

He's got ball skills too. 4 INT last year with 2 pick 6s in 9 games and 22 PD/PBUs for his career.

Long, fast, ball skills, willing to get dirty, makes splash plays, just turned 22 last month. What's not to like?

Don't forget great hair.

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Just now, CWood21 said:

The hips were the red flag for me.  They're tight, and it showed in the Combine agility tests.

He's a track guy so it's to be expected. I know that Dom's staff isn't around anymore but we did alright with a past track guy at boundary CB.

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