After trading veteran cornerback Sheldon Brown to the Cleveland Browns, the Philadelphia Eagles will likely target one or two cornerbacks in the first few rounds of the NFL Draft. On Tuesday, April 6th, the Eagles brought in one of college football’s most recognizable names at the cornerback position, Alabama’s Javier Arenas.
Arenas is a solid player and can impact a game on many levels, but his height and speed are a concern.
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In addition to his visit with the Eagles, Arenas has also visited the New York Jets.
Arenas participated in the Senior Bowl and Scouting Combine and performed well this offseason. In Mobile, Arenas demonstrated good lateral quickness and strength defending against some talented receivers and displayed his ability as a return specialist. At the Combine, the 5-foot-9, 197-pound Arenas didn’t run the most impressive time in the 40 (4.60), but he injured his hamstring during his first attempt, which put an end to his workout.
Despite his height, Arenas is a physical corner who has great playmaking ability, and plays bigger than his listed dimensions. Arenas had an impressive 2009 season for Alabama, as he collected 71 tackles, 12 for a loss, five sacks and five interceptions. He’s a sound defender, but he will also have a major impact on special teams at the next level. He holds the SEC record with seven punt returns for a touchdown in his career, and with special teams being a valued unit, Arenas will be attractive to many teams.
Arenas is currently the 14th rated cornerback listed on Scout.com’s 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
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