Matt Corral met with the Eagles in Philadelphia for an official visit to the top 30, according to … Matt Corral. Apartmentback Ole Miss discovered this during a recent appearance on Rich Eisen Show.
I remember visiting the Eagles facility. I remember just being excited about going there. It was a pretty cool, fun experience. ”
Corral also said he visits 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 franchise.
Regardless of Philly’s true intentions (#smokescreenSZN), they are certainly doing homework in this year’s class of defenders. Defenders coach Brian Johnson attended Kenny Pickett’s professional day and Sam Howell’s professional day. Howie Roseman went to personally meet Pickett and Howell in November. At this year’s Senior Bowl Roseman “paid special attention” to Malik Willis. Albert Breer recently said that “heard [the Eagles] associated with Malik Willis the last couple of weeks».
And so Corral is just the latest QB that we know is on the Eagles radar.
It makes sense that they (and other teams) would like to host Corral. This allows them to gather more information about the ankle injury he received during the January 1 Sugar Bowl.
Opinions about Coral’s projection on the NFL are quite mixed. Ben Nathan of Bleeding Green Nation has it as QB2 on this year’s draft:
What he does well: Matt Corral has been incredibly productive as a starter with Rebels. More than productive, he also seemed to be truly loved by his teammates and was an emotional engine throughout the offensive. Coral succeeded in his pocket due to the fact that he was a tough, confident pass that effectively carried out the attack with quick solutions and a quicker release. His mobility also kept the defense honest.
Where it can improve: When asked to work “outside” the attack, Coral sometimes plays too aggressively for his own abilities. His hand is good, but he trusted her too much and because of his bad decisions made unpleasant changes. Coral also needs to take care of how he runs, as he often seeks far more contacts than his frame can withstand.
Others, for example Mike Tanier from football outsidersmuch more skeptical of his worldview.
Coral’s film features an annoying but lean quarterback who plays a pass. He is running hard but was injured in his last game in college. A breakdown of the statistics shows that he relied heavily on a system that gave him easy reading and lots of short passes with a high percentage.
So what are the attributes of an NFL quarterback in Corral’s starting calibers? Quick release? Great short accuracy? Mobility? Good. Now: are these really elite qualities for Corral, or is that all we need to talk about? Competitiveness? Okay, boomer. If the best argument for someone to be an initial caliber prospect is that someone else has included him in the initial caliber perspective, then we succumbed to group thinking. Which is another thing that professionals who manage NFL teams do all the time.
Statistical showdowns of all quarterback prospects in the 2021 draft and RPO data take us back to where we started. Willis is gifted but not ready. Picket and Reader are experienced and do some things well but have no wa-wa-wum factor. Howell is a man destined for this class, a strong sticky paper for Mike Mayok’s types.
And Coral? He is a [Paxton] Lynch- or [Blaine] Hubbert-style quarterback, only in a different system. His failures in the RPO warn us that he will work to the fullest as a bright NFL backup.
Many Eagles fans probably wouldn’t be thrilled if the team spent this year choosing a defender. But QB Factory never sleeps. And if the Eagles were willing to pick Jalen Hurts if they already believed in Carson Wentz, it’s unlikely they would have risked this year. Using choices in the first round at Corral feels hard to sell … but can he be in the game if he gets to the second round?
It feels like, though not a simple projection, Corral offers an intriguing side.
Scout Report via NFL.com:
A little defender with a big heart who has learned to play with better maturity and control without losing the advantage. Coral played on a friendly quarterback scheme with well-defined readings, so he needs to prove that he can work on a full field and make good decisions with the ball. He is determined, works with a speed trigger to challenge tight windows, and possesses a touch to make challenging bucket throws. He is a very competitive runner, but he needs to improve his game on the roller coaster, as he is not designed to carry blows from races or skirmishes. Coral is mobile, but its balance and accuracy are weakened when it is forced to move. Discipline has benefited Coral, and he is clearly working on schedule and in rhythm. The spread-based scheme and handy head coach give Coral a better chance to realize his potential and challenge to become the best QB out of this draft class.
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