Just one day after meeting with reporters for over an hour in Arizona, Chip Kelly is back on the road again. The Eagles coach was spotted at Utah's pro day on Thursday. The Utes have a few players that could be of interest to the Eagles. Here are some names that stand out the most.
Eric Rowe, DB
Rowe is a 22-year-old defensive back. He played at safety for the first three years of his college football career before moving to cornerback as a senior. The 6-1, 205 pound Rowe put 261 tackles, three interceptions, 36 passes defensed, and 1.5 sacks in 47 games played. CBS Sports projects Rowe to be a mid-round pick.
Rowe certainly has the size and versatility the Eagles like in their defensive backs. Philadelphia needs a new starting safety opposite of Malcolm Jenkins (also a former cornerback) so Rowe could fit in there.
It's worth noting that the Eagles showed interest in Rowe at this year's Senior Bowl. Also worth noting is how impressive Rowe tested at the 2015 NFL Combine.
Nate Orchard, EDGE
Orchard is a 22-year-old defensive end who could end up playing as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. The senior edge rusher has played with his hand on the ground for his entire career and prefers to play end, but claims he can make a position switch. CBS Sports projects Orchard to be a Day 2 draft pick.
Orchard finished his college career with 134 tackles, 22 sacks (including 18.5 in 2014), four passes defensed, and six forced fumbles in just 25 games played.
Like Rowe, the Eagles interviewed Orchard at the Senior Bowl. Here's his spider graph compared to outside linebackers.
Other players at Utah's pro day include: OG Jeremiah Poutasi, WR Dres Anderson, SS Brian Blechen, OG Junior Salt, TE Westlee Tonga, WR Kaelin Clay, FS Tevin Carter, CB Davion Orphey, and WR Andre Lewis.
Kelly was seen talking with Anderson:
.@DrizzyDrezz_6 chatting with @Eagles head coach Chip Kelly pic.twitter.com/ymBtvIoOIt— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) March 26, 2015
.@EricksonUtes & Chip Kelly getting ready to watch our guys in the 40. #utahproday15 pic.twitter.com/el08rRg41Z— Utah Football (@Utah_Football) March 26, 2015
Utah players kept asking Chip Kelly for a picture. pic.twitter.com/Y7rQkVV08q— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) March 26, 2015