The Philadelphia Eagles traded up to draft Utah defensive back in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Bleeding Green Nation's Ben Natan profiled Rowe recently, but I thought it would also be useful to acquire an insider's insight. In order to learn more about the Eagles' new cornerback/safety, I reached out to Utah Utes SB Nation blog Block U. Shane Roberts was kind enough to answer my questions.
1) What are his strengths?
He's just so consistent and solid. When he's on the field you don't have to worry about him missing his responsibility. It's been well documented how versatile he is, but it's so true. Even before he moved to corner his senior year he had a ton of coverage responsibilities at safety. Plus, he has 4 full years of experience as a starter at the Pac-12 level, which doesn't hurt.
2) What are his weaknesses?
He doesn't have a lot, that's for sure. One thing that jumps out is that he's rarely the "big play" guy. While he's so steady and consistent, he doesn't make the highlight real a lot. Don't get me wrong, the dude can lay the wood and hit someone, but he rarely gets a game changing turnover, or anything like that.
3) Rowe played three years at safety before switching to cornerback in his final season. Which position do you think he better projects at in the NFL?
Sounds like safety is where he's going to be in Philly, which is the easy call. I think safety is where he should play if the Eagles want day one value. However, with his speed and size, if he can nail down the corner position, he could be scary.
4) How do you see his NFL career playing out with the Eagles?
I see him as a contributor from almost day one. I don't know if he has pro bowl potential or anything, but I seem him as a solid cog to the Eagles defensive scheme for years to come. Here's to hoping he's like one of the other former Utes in the NFL, and becomes an all pro like Eric Weddle of the Chargers.
5) Anything else we should know?
Rowe is just a good, quiet dude. You don't have to worry about any off the field issues or anything like that. He only missed a couple of games during his stint here in Salt Lake too, so he's proven to be rather durable. As far as an all around draft picks, when it comes to on and off the field, Eric Rowe is as good as it gets.
Thanks again to Shane. Make sure to check out Block U.