Add yet another safety to the list of 30 prospects visiting the Eagles leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. Aaron Wilson reports Penn State defensive back Malik Golden will take a visit to Philadelphia.
The 23-year-old Golden, a Hartford, Connecticut native, measures in at 6-1, 194 pounds. He finished his Penn State career with 130 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, and one forced fumble in 34 games played.
It’s curious that the Eagles are bringing in at least three different safety prospects in for pre-draft visits. Potential top-five talent Jamal Adams and Day 1/Day 2 pick Obi Melifonwu are the other two names we’ve heard recently.
Much unlike those prospects, however, Golden is projected to be a late Day 3 pick or undrafted free agent. It’s not surprising that the Eagles would want to add more depth at safety to compete with Jaylen Watkins. It would be surprising if they invested any kind of serious resources in the position while having Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney McLeod on the roster.
Here’s a scouting report on Golden via DraftAnalyst.com:
Pos: Nice sized safety with a physical game. Sells out to make plays, explosive and gets the most from his ability. Effectively diagnoses the action, plays heads-up football and squares into tackles. Explosive up the field defending screen passes or the run, sells out on the blitz and sacrifices his body to make the tackle.
Neg: One speed defensive back with a poor burst. Does not always take the best angles to the action.
Analysis: Golden offers size and a next level mentality but comes with physical limitations. He offers potential as a traditional strong safety if he plays well on special teams.
Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits
Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey - [Click here]
Washington WR John Ross - [Click here]
Alabama LB Ryan Anderson - [Click here]
Alabama LB Reuben Foster - [Click here]
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook - [Click here]
LSU RB Leonard Fournette - [Click here]
Clemson WR Mike Williams - [Click here]
Western Michigan WR Corey Davis - [Click here]
IUP OL Ethan Cooper - [Click here]
Connecticut DB Obi Melifonwu - [Click here]
Grambling State WR Chad Williams - [Click here]
West Virginia WR Shelton Gibson - [Click here]
LSU S Jamal Adams - [Click here]
Ohio State CB Gareon Conley - [Click here]
Penn State S Malik Golden -