The Eagles traded up five spots from No. 52 with the Miami Dolphins to make this pick. Philadelphia gave up both of their fifth round selections (No. 145 and No. 156) in order to move up. The Eagles also get a sixth back in return (No. 191). It's a very fair trade as far as the draft pick value chart is concerned. The Eagles received 445 points and gave up 442.5.
This is hardly a surprising pick. The Eagles showed a lot of interest in Rowe leading up to this year's draft. Philadelphia hosted him for a pre-draft visit, met with him at the Senior Bowl, and put him through a private workout. Chip Kelly also personally attended his pro day.
Rowe has the versatility the Eagles covet. He 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.
Here's a scouting report via BGN's Mike Kaye:
An athlete with the versatility to play in multiple places, Rowe is game for any position in the secondary. He uses his size well and doesn't mind playing in space. He is a solid tackler who wraps up well. He has long arms and uses them well and likes to be violent at times. He is a good second effort player and will play until the whistle. If you get in front of him on a passing play, you aren't getting many yards after the catch. He was used as a gunner in punt coverage and had success in that department.
He has trouble flipping his hips despite his 3 cone numbers. He isn't the most fluid guy for his numbers and he will lose his man in coverage. He is slow to react at times and needs to adjust to the ball better. He can be taken out of a play with even "okay" blocking.
The Eagles love versatility and Rowe easily fits that bill. While he could compete at cornerback and safety, he is probably a better fit at the latter position across from Jenkins. The Eagles need safeties who can cover and Rowe was good enough at cornerback that he could be very, very good at safety in the NFL. He is more of a natural safety than cornerback. He likely will go at some point in the 25-50 range of the draft.
Eagles remaining needs
Eagles remaining draft picks
1 (20) - Nelson Agholor, WR, USC
2 (47) - Eric Rowe, DB, Utah
2015 NFL Draft schedule:
Thursday, April 30 - 8:00 PM EST (Round 1 - 10 minutes per pick)
Friday, May 1 - 7:00 PM EST (Round 2 - 7 minutes, Round 3 - 5 minutes)
Saturday, May 2 - 12 PM EST (Rounds 4-6 - 5 Minutes Per Pick, Round 7 - 4 Minutes Per Pick)
TV schedule: NFL Network and ESPN will televise the draft.