According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, two 2015 NFL Draft prospects from Penn State visited the Eagles this week.
One of them was safety Adrian Amos, who wrote about his experience in this draft diary.
"I visited the Philadelphia Eagles this week. It went pretty good. They have a pretty nice facility. I got good feedback from them. They like my versatility at safety and being able to play cornerback.
We went to the film room and went over a lot of things. They wanted to see how we pick up defenses and just get an overall understanding of my knowledge of the game.
I met with Chip Kelly. I had a brief conversation with him. He mentioned the 'Supa Six', which was cool. We were the 'Supa Six' that stayed at Penn State (Amos, Deion Barnes, Bill Belton, Kyle Carter, Allen Robinson and Donovan Smith)."
Amos also drew interest from the Eagles during Penn State's pro day. The team reportedly worked him out then.
Amos measures in at 6-0, 218 pounds. The senior safety finished his college career with 149 tackles, 22 passes defensed, seven interceptions, and three sacks. He seems to have the size and versatility the Eagles like in their defensive backs.
CBS Sports projects Amos to be a mid-round draft pick. Here's a scouting report on him via NFL.com:
"Strengths - Athletic with good range. Fluid in space with easy backpedal and smooth hips. Has ability to turn, run and recover when ball is in the air. Good route recognition. Trustworthy in coverage and is rarely out of position. Can line up defense. Offered versatility in coverage. Played some slot corner in sub packages. Outstanding in zone coverage at Penn State. Can crowd receivers and closes throwing windows. Allowed just 3.9 yards per target in 2014. Has twitch to trigger and close on throws.
Weaknesses - Doesn't display great sense of urgency in run support. Takes suspect angles against run from high to low and when lined up near line of scrimmage. Will throw body at runner, but carries no sting behind pads, sliding down target and finishing tackle near ankles at times. Average instincts. Hyper-focused on responsibility and seems unwilling to take chances. Would rather see it than sense it.
Bottom Line - Amos checks all the boxes when it comes to strong football intelligence, a willingness to digest tape and cover skills. The biggest question is whether or not he can fit with a coordinator looking for playmakers and chance-takers. He must prove that he can play with greater overlap. Amos' scheme versatility is a big plus, but I wouldn't ask him to play inside the box very often."
The other Penn State prospect to visit the Eagles was offensive tackle Donovan Smith. Smith is a large man: he measures in at 6-6, 338 pounds. The offensive lineman is projected to be a mid-round pick according to CBS Sports. Here's a scouting report via NFL.com:
"Strengths - Plays with good functional strength. Plus leg strength and can drive defender off the spot. Uses adequate footwork in run game to go with powerful base. Has desired pad level and bend in pass protection and his initial sets are above average. Plays with good pace on play-side zone plays, which bodes well if he kicks inside.
Weaknesses - Athleticism lacking to play tackle. Struggles to change direction against pass rushers. Can recognize stunts but is very slow to react to them. Ability to recover when beaten is lacking. Poor hand usage in run and pass blocking. Plays with hands too low and a weak, ineffective punch in pass protection. Must improve as a block-finisher. Poor contact balance and overall strike effectiveness on second level.
Bottom Line - The frame of a guard and the skill set of a guard probably means Smith will end up moving to guard. His hands need work, but with power as his calling card and the ability to hide some of his athletic deficiencies by moving him inside, he has a good shot of getting drafted and fighting for a backup spot. "
Complete list of known Eagles draft visits
S Adrian Amos, Penn State
OT Donovan Smith, Penn State
OLB Obum Gwacham, Oregon State
WR Rashad Greene, Florida State
OL Terry Poole, San Diego State
WR Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
LB Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
S Damarious Randall, Arizona State