According to a report from Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, the Philadelphia Eagles are very interested in 2015 NFL Draft prospect Eric Rowe.
Not only did the team work out the Utah defensive back, but they're also planning to bring him to Philadelphia for an official pre-draft visit. It's also worth mentioning Chip Kelly attended Utah's pro day in person. Even more, the Eagles showed interest in Rowe at the 2015 Senior Bowl.
It's no surprise to see the Eagles interested in Rowe. The 22-year-old has the size and versatility the Eagles like in their defensive backs. He could be drafted to start next to Malcolm Jenkins.
Rowe played at safety for the first three years of his college football career before moving to cornerback in 2014. The 6-1, 205 pound senior put up 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, but Pauline reports that Rowe won't make it out of the top 40 picks. If that's the case, it certainly sounds like Rowe could be in play for the Eagles at No. 20 or if Philadelphia trades down. Some mock draft "experts" have already started linking Rowe to the Eagles in the first round.
Here's a scouting report on Rowe via NFL.com.
"Strengths - Tall cornerback with long frame. Has the ability to disrupt wide receivers off the line of scrimmage and can mirror them out of their release. Jams and disrupts shallow crossers. Will throw his body around in run support if needed. Solid tackler. Attacks ball at catch point and makes it hard for receiver to finish the catch. Was a three-year starter at free safety before moving to cornerback this year. Can break hard on throws in front of him. Instinctive in zone with ball skills to match.
Weaknesses - Linear body type with average play strength. Will struggle to carry NFL deep speed. Lacks an accelerator and is not a recovery-type cornerback. Limited as a man-cover corner. Has change-of-direction issues in tight spaces. Plays into boundary too often. Had to fight through a leg issue at one point during the 2014 season. Likely a scheme-specific player.
Bottom Line - Rowe won't be for everyone. Scouts have concerns about his deep speed and he's not a guy who can match and mirror in coverage. However, Rowe will be a nice fit for defenses looking for a long defender with disruptive downfield traits."
Complete list of known Eagles draft visits
DB Eric Rowe, Utah
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