Matt Corral met the Eagles in Philadelphia for an official top 30 visit, according to … Matt Corral. Team manager Ole Miss revealed it a lot when he appeared the other day The Rich Iron Show.
“I remember visiting the Eagles’ facilities. I remember just liking going there. It was a pretty cool, fun experience. “
Corral said he also visited the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Pittsburgh Steelers. What do these teams have in common? They are all looking for a QB concession.
Regardless of Philly’s true intentions (#smokescreenSZN), they are certainly doing their homework at fullback this year. The team’s coach Brian Johnson attended Kenny Pickett’s Professional Day and Sam Howell’s Professional Day. Howie Roseman traveled to see Pickett and Howell in person in November. Roseman was said to be “paying special attention” to Malik Willis at this year’s Senior Bowl. Albert Breer recently said that he “heard [the Eagles] connected to Malik Willis in recent weeks. ”
And so Corral is just the latest QB we know to be on the Eagles’ radar.
It makes sense that they (and other teams) would want to host Corral. By doing so, they can learn more about the ankle injury he suffered at the Sugar Bowl on January 1st. That ailment prevented Corral from throwing at the NFL Combine.
Opinions on Corral’s predictions for the NFL vary widely. Ben Natan of Bleeding Green Nation has it as QB2 in this year’s draft:
What he does well: Matt Corral was incredibly productive as a starter with the Rebels. More than being productive, he also seemed to be loved by his teammates and was an emotional machine throughout the attack. Corral was successful in his pocket because he was a hard, confident sender who drove the attack efficiently with quick decisions and faster release. His agility also kept defenses honest.
Where he can improve: When Corral was asked to work “outside” in the attack, Corral sometimes played a little too aggressively for his own ability. His arm is good, but he trusted him too much and would make an annoying turnaround due to his poor decisions. Corral also needs to rewind in how he runs, as he often seeks much more touch than his frame can withstand.
Others, such as Mike Tanier of Football Outsidersare much more skeptical about his prospects.
Corral’s film shows a boring but strange defender performing a passing game with a bean shooter. He runs a lot but got injured in his last college game. Statistics breakdown shows that he relied heavily on a system that gave him easy reading and a lot of short deliveries with high percentages.
So what are the early stages of Corral’s NFL fullbacks? Quick release? Great short accuracy? Mobility? Fine. Now: are these really top features for Corral, or are they simply all we need to talk about? Competitiveness? All right, boomer. If the best argument for someone being an entrepreneur is that someone else put him on the list of possibilities at an early stage, then we have given up on group thinking. Which is another thing that professional NFL team managers always do.
The statistical breakdown of all 2021 draft fullbacks and RPO data takes us back to where we started. Willis is talented but unprepared. Pickett and Ridder are experienced and do some things well but lack the va-va-voom factor. Howell is the nominated choice guy of this class, Strong the Flying Paper for Mike Mayock brands.
And Corral? He is [Paxton] Lynch- or [Blaine] Gabbert-style defender, just in a different system. His RPO failures warn us that he will peak as a cheering NFL substitute.
Many Eagles fans would probably not be too excited if the team spent the selection of fullbacks this year. But QB Factory never sleeps. And if the Eagles were willing to pick Jalen Hurts when they already believed in Carson Wentz, it’s hardly inconceivable that they would take a chance this year. It’s hard to sell Corral using the first round … but could he be in a game if he falls into the second round?
The feeling here is that while Corral is far from easy to project, Corral offers interesting aspects.
Scout Report via NFL.com:
A small defender with a big heart who has learned to play with better maturity and control without losing the edge. Corral played in a defensive play with a well-defined reading, so he needs to prove that he can work through progress on the field and make good decisions with the ball. He is determined, works with quick release to score on narrow windows and has the touch to make a demanding tackle. He is a very competitive runner but has to put up with his game as he is not built to take the hit from so-called runners or runners. The Corral is mobile, but its balance and accuracy are reduced when it is forced to move. Discipline has benefited Corral and he is clearly at his best when he works on schedule and in rhythm. Distribution-oriented system and a player-friendly head coach give Corral the best opportunity to take advantage of his potential and challenge to become the best QB from this draft.
Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits
Ole Miss QB Matt Corral
Tulsa Olympics Tyler Smith
Oklahoma DT Perrion Winfrey
Oregon DE Kayvon Thibodeaux
Houston CB Marcus Jones
Cincinnati CB Ahmad ‘Sauce’ Gardner
Georgia DT Jordan Davis
Georgia DT Devonte Wyatt