Mekhi Garner | In Like a Tiger, Out Like an Eagle

The Eagles will look to draft a cornerback in this upcoming draft because Slay and Bradberry won’t be here in the long-term.  Getting youthful at the cornerback position now makes the best sense because the young cornerback can learn much from both starting cornerbacks.  There has to be a strong turnover of skill at the cornerback position because, with Jalen’s new contract, the Eagles can’t afford to sign the best cornerback off the street.  A great selection for the Eagles is Mekhi Garner the versatile cornerback from LSU.

Who Is Mekhi Garner?

He started 13 games for LSU in 2022, tying for the team lead with eight pass breakups to go along with 43 tackles (1.5 for loss) before opting out of the team’s bowl game to prepare for the draft. He blew people away at the combine, but he had a solid outing.  Running the 40-yard dash at 4.55 secs and having a 38-inch vertical.  Garner is already a tall cornerback being 6 foot 2 inches tall.  Garner shows potential to become a 2nd cornerback on defense. The Eagles, looking for safety in the draft, could also take Garner in the second round and convert him into a powerful safety.  Garner would fit a Cover 2 scheme or a safety blitzing scheme like the Eagles’ defense ran under Jim Johnson. 

What is the best comparison for Garner? I would best compare Garner’s skill set similar to a Cam Chancellor.  High football IQ in regards to route running.  Also can get through blockers to stop the run.  Works well in space under 30- yards but might struggle with keeping his stride with a fast receiver.  Some of Garner’s weaknesses are that he has not gotten an interception in his last two seasons.  His tackling technique needs some polishing. 

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What You Get with Mekhi Garner

If Howie wants to get stronger at the safety position, Garner will be available in the second round.  If Howie feels he needs depth at the cornerback position, Garner could be a long-term project.  When we think about the NFL, we know it is a passing league.  What better player to draft than a guy that knows how to disrupt passing lanes and jump all over route schemes?  It’s time to uncage this Tiger and let him soar with the Eagles.   

Joe Marks
Joe Marks