The Eagles are set to host Tennessee running back Alvin Kamara on an official pre-draft visit, according to a report from Aaron Wilson. Kamara is one of 30 prospects who will visit the Eagles in Philadelphia leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft.
I wrote about Kamara earlier today since Rotoworld has him mocked to the Eagles in the second round.
While I’ve been saying I believe there’s a 99% chance the Eagles don’t go running back at No. 14, I think they could easily go that direction at No. 43. At least, I hope that’s the case. Running back is a huge need for Philadelphia.
Kamara is an interesting player. There’s a belief he has the talent to be a three down running back, but he hasn’t proved it yet. He’s never handled 20 carries in a game. Still, the 21-year-old is fairly athletic and he makes plays. His ability to catch passes should also be of interest to the Eagles.
Kamara only played in 24 games for the Volunteers. During that span, he had 210 attempts for 1,294 yards (6.2 average) and 16 rushing touchdowns. As a receiver, he caught 74 passes for 683 yards and seven scores. Kamara also returned 26 punts for 284 yards (a respectable 10.9 average) and one touchdown.
Part of what makes Kamara an interesting prospect is his history leading up to his success at Tennessee. He was originally at Alabama and he had some issues there, including an arrest in 2014. Then he eventually went on to become a team captain with the Volunteers, so it seemed like he found a way to turn things around for himself.
The Eagles likely want Kamara to visit so they can get more information on his knee injury history and his personality. He could easily be a target for the team on Day 2.
For more on Kamara, check out this BGN scouting report.
Kamara reminds me of Danny Woodhead and it would be unsurprising if he had a similar role in the NFL. Despite being a bit smaller without a top gear, Kamara's quickness, receiving skills and impressive finishing ability will find him on an NFL field if he can hold onto the football. Woodhead also overcame his size to be one of the best role players in the league for a long time and Kamara could be a similarly versatile and productive weapon in an offense.
This is no slight at Kamara, however. The role he can play in the NFL is incredibly valuable at the level he can play it and with the potential that he can be a feature back, it is hard to undervalue Kamara's draft stock. All things considered, there are only a few backs who should be drafted ahead of him. For the Eagles, he would be an excellent second day pick because you know he can make a positive impact as a receiver, and if he can handle a bulk of the carries, too? You have a potential stud.
More Kamara game film available via Draft Breakdown. Here’s a highlight video.
Alvin Kamara spider graph:
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 - [Click here]
San Diego State CB Damontae Kazee - [Click here]
Washington CB Kevin King - [Click here]
Colorado CB Ahkello Witherspoon - [Click here]
Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara