The Eagles didn’t have to look far for their second-round draft pick.
The Eagles looked up Broad Street and snatched up a possible strong safety of the future by picking Temple defensive back Jaiquawn Jarrett with the 54th overall pick in the NFL Draft.
Isn’t it great that on the weekend of the Broad Street Run -- where 30,000-plus runners dash from North Philly to South Philly that Jarrett will basically be making the same trip. Heck he even gets to play home games in the same stadium -- the Linc -- where he played college ball.
The 6-foot, 198-pounder started four years for the Owls. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Jarrett is known as a hard hitter who excels against the run but there are some questions of his speed -- he ran a 4.65 40-yard dash at the combine, according to NFL.com.
"I’m going to bring physical toughness and a smart player to the Eagles stadium.," Jarrett said. "If they haven’t seen me play over the past four years, I’m real disciplined and Coach Andy Reid loves those disciplined guys who are going to go out there and do whatever’s necessary to help the team win. And that’s what I’m all about."
But forget the stats it’s pretty cool that a guy who played college ball in the city is staying put just like Brian Westbrook (Villanova) did. (And we all know how that turned out.)
Jarrett, who studied criminal justice at Temple, also ran track in high school.
He will now make the short trip from North Philly to South Philly (once the lockout ends) to try and make an impact with the Birds.
Philly Sports Daily's Tim McManus talked to Jarrett about being picked by the Birds:
“It don’t feel strange because Philadelphia fans will welcome you like you are their brother,” he said.
With Jarrett's arrival and with two second-year safeties, Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman, already in the nest, longtime strong safety Quintin Mikell will likely be allowed to walk.
The Eagles weren't done bolstering their beleaguered secondary. They added Utah State DB Curtis Marsh in the third round after trading down to the 90th pick overall.
Marsh, a 6-foot-1, 197-pounder is speedy but has some issues in transition, according to NFL.com.
He converted from running back to d-back in college, something he talked about after being picked.
"Once spring ball hit my senior year I felt all the way acclimated. I just feel like that first six to nine months at the position. After that, you know, I was good."