For the second year in a row, the Philadelphia Eagles drafted a defensive back with the versatility to play both cornerback and safety.
Eagles trade up to draft Eric Rowe at No. 47
Meet the No. 47 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Utah safety/cornerback Eric Rowe, and now the newest Philadelphia Eagles defensive back.
Last year it was Florida's Jaylen Watkins in the fourth round. This year, the Eagles selected Utah's Eric Rowe after trading up five spots from No. 52 to No. 47.
So which position will Rowe play? According to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, it hasn't been officially determined yet. Kelly did say, however, that Rowe "may start" contributing as a cornerback.
In a conference call with Philadelphia media, Rowe himself said that he prefers to play cornerback. That's where he played for his first three years at Utah being moving to safety as a senior. Rowe did note that he is comfortable playing either spot.
The Eagles have more of an immediate need at safety than they do cornerback. The team currently doesn't have a proven starting option next to Malcolm Jenkins. With that in mind, the Eagles also have a need at cornerback as well. Byron Maxwell is guaranteed to start on the outside but the position opposite of him is up for grabs. Rowe could compete against veterans Walter Thurmond, Nolan Carroll, and Brandon Boykin (if he's not traded) for the starting job.
It'll be interesting to see how it plays out. If the Eagles don't use Rowe at safety, they will need to find another way to address that position.