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Intriguing? Or desperate?

UCLA v Kentucky Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Philadelphia Eagles are showing they’re not afraid to get creative when it comes to tinkering with their roster.

Last week the team signed former Canadian rugby star Adam Zaruba as a tight end. Philadelphia also gave a workout to a former college basketball player: Dominique Hawkins.

Hawkins played guard at the University of Kentucky and didn’t get selected in this year’s 2017 NBA Draft. He played for the Sacramento Kings in Summer League but he’s also received some interest from the NFL as well.

He said he worked out last week at defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles, and he has also received interest from the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys.

“I’m just giving a football a try, see what I do and I went to go do that workout last week and they told me I did pretty well for just coming back off basketball,” Hawkins said of the feedback he got from the Eagles’ coaches.

Given the Eagles’ glaring need at cornerback, it’s safe to assume the Eagles were looking at the 6-0, 192 pound Hawkins there. I don’t know whether to be impressed that the Eagles are being thorough or worried that they’re getting super desperate at this point.

It doesn’t sound like Hawkins wants to give the NFL a try just yet. The 23-year-old seems to be set on giving basketball a try, even though he hasn’t been signed by an NBA team. Hawkins hasn’t played football since high school, which was five years ago for him.

The fact that the Eagles worked Hawkins out shows they’re still interested in adding cornerback help, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Philadelphia’s corners have really struggled in training camp. The team could use all the help they can get at that spot.