Matt Corral | QB | Ole Miss

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral had a top-30 predraft visit with Philadelphia among seven other teams with first-round picks this past Wednesday. Is Howie doing his due diligence at the QB position or are the Eagles ready to make a move?

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The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Corral passed for 3,349 yards, 20 touchdowns to just five interceptions during his final season at Ole Miss. He totaled 6,686 yards, 49 touchdowns, and 19 interceptions over his final two seasons. Corral is a dual-threat quarterback, logging 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground. Matt is currently the No. 22 ranked prospect overall, according to CBS Sports, and the top-ranked quarterback prospect.

Let’s Look at Matt Corral

Matt Corral is a small quarterback who has a big heart. He has learned to play with better maturity and control without losing his edge. Corral played in a quarterback-friendly scheme with well-defined reads, so he needs to prove he can work through full-field progressions and make good decisions with the ball. This could be what makes him attractive to the Eagles organization. He’s decisive, operating with a quick-trigger release to challenge tight windows, and possesses the touch to make challenging throws.

He also has wheels but needs to get his slide improved. He is not built to take big hits. Corral is mobile, but his poise and accuracy decline when forced to move. A spread-based scheme and a coach like Sirriani could give Corral the best opportunity to live up to his potential.

Let us look at his strengths and weaknesses per NFL.com

Strengths

  • Competes hard and plays with an abundance of confidence.
  • Quicker processor and better decision-maker in 2021.
  • Hasty ball-handling for quick game and RPOs.
  • Impressive release quickness and rips a tight spiral.
  • Touch and fearlessness to work between leveled coverage.
  • Generally patient, allowing routes to develop.
  • Above-average arm strength for smaller quarterback.
  • Twitched-up hips to generate drive on window throws.
  • Made 60-yard throw without having his feet set against Alabama.
  • Throws fluffy, well-placed deep ball when protected.
  • Would rather take sack then put the ball up for grabs.
  • Would have had significantly higher completion rate if not for excessive drops.
  • Able to slip away from pressure.
  • Both elusive and combative on called runs and scrambles.
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Weaknesses

  • Slender frame with size falling below desired NFL mark.
  • Too haphazard as a runner to sustain durability.
  • Scouts question whether he has necessary maturity.
  • Benefits from heavy play-action and RPO looks.
  • Needs to prove he can become a full-field reader.
  • Babies and aims the short throw.
  • Deep ball needs to come out earlier for speedy NFL targets.
  • Will take unnecessary chances against lingering safety help.
  • Most of his interceptions were layups for the defender.
  • Poise and placement take a hit once his feet are moving.
  • Takes too long to leave pocket and seek refuge under duress.

The Eagles aren’t expected to add a quarterback in the first round, but if Corral starts to slide, don’t be shocked if Howie Roseman makes a move. For more draft coverage click here.

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Al Zaffiri
Al Zaffiri

Al is one of the two co-creators of Edge of Philly Sports. Al started radio and podcasting in 2012 and covering sports in 2015. A lifelong Philly sports fan since watching the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers with his grandfathers at age 7. Al always looks at the other side of the hot topics and gives his different outlook on those topics. Web and Graphic Design.

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