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Eagles trade up to draft Cooper Dejean, Rich Eisen shades Howie Roseman

The Eagles have a new cornerback.

On the second day of the NFL Draft, the Eagles traded the 40th overall pick to select Iowa’s Cooper DeJean, but after the pick, NFL Network’s Rich Eisen reported that Eagles general manager Howie Rhodes was competing for the team’s secondary pick. It seemed like he was criticizing Mann. The team struggled in the second half of his flopped 2023 campaign.

“Howie Roseman probably decided he needed a secondary,” Eisen said on the broadcast.

DeJean became Philadelphia’s second-highest draft cornerback after the Eagles selected Kunyon Mitchell 22nd overall out of Toledo.

Cooper DeJean was drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles. Icon Sports Wire (via Getty Images)

DeJean could become the league’s first white cornerback to start regularly since former Giants standout Jason Seehorn retired after the 2003 season.

During an introductory interview session, DeJean was asked about being a white cornerback and whether that might prevent him from seeing the field.

“If they let me play, I’m looking forward to playing there,” Dejan said.

DeJean, 21, entered the draft early after spending three seasons at Iowa State.

He was named All-American as a junior in 2023.

Throughout his collegiate career, he recorded seven interceptions.

Howie Roseman was added to the Eagles' secondary in the NFL Draft.
Howie Roseman was added to the Eagles’ secondary in the NFL Draft. Getty Images

The Eagles’ 2023 season ended in an embarrassing 32-9 loss to the Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round.

The slide capped off what was a miserable season for the then-defending NFC Champions. They started the season 10-1, but lost only five of their final six games before suffering a blowout loss in the postseason.