While the Eagles were able to address cornerback in free agency, the team whiffed on finding a possible replacement for Nate Allen at safety. While Malcolm Jenkins was solid at the position last season, he is surrounded by the unknowns currently on the roster. That said, the Eagles may want to target a safety in the first two days of the draft to add to the competition opposite Jenkins. Arizona State's Damarious Randall has already met with the Eagles.
A native of Pensacola, Fla., Randall played baseball at Butler Community College after high school. He then transferred to Mesa Community College to play football and redshirted in 2011. He was named NJCAA first-team All-American in his sophomore year at the school and committed to ASU over teams like Oklahoma and Louisville.
In his first season with ASU (redshirt junior), Randall was third on the team with 71 tackles and also had three interceptions. Last season, he started every game at safety and had 87 solo tackles, three interceptions, nine pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
He was invited to and participated in the Reese's Senior Bowl.
Weight: 196 lbs.
Arm Length: 30 1/4"
Hands: 8 5/8"
40: 4.46 secs (3rd among safeties in 2015)
Bench Press: 14 reps
Vertical Jump: 38 inches (tied for 3rd among safeties in 2015)
Broad Jump: 120 inches
3 Cone: 6.83 secs (3rd among safeties in 2015)
Shuttle: 4.07 secs
Randall is a terrific coverage safety and stays even with his man on passing downs. He is good at breaking on the ball and was a turnover machine at ASU. Despite having small hands, he is good about catching interceptions. He is always alert in coverage and has good instincts when it comes to defending the ball in the air. He is a dynamic gunner and was a stud on special teams at ASU. He loves contact and will deliver big hits.
He has trouble with tackling, especially in run support. He tends slide off ball carriers or whiff on big hits. His instincts in the run game aren't very good and he takes terrible angles at times. He is small so he can be runover in the box and will sometimes bite hard on play fakes.
Coverage is the key at both safety positions for the Eagles. Luckily for Randall, he excels in that area. He would likely be a solid Day 2 pick for the Eagles if they decide to go with the offense early on in the selection process. Randall is likely more talented than his competition currently on the roster.