It seems like Alabama safety Ronnie Harrison might be one of the 30 2018 NFL Draft prospects scheduled to meet with the Eagles for an official pre-draft visit. Harrison recently posted a clip of himself at the Philadelphia International Airport via his official Instagram account.
Seems like Ronnie Harrison might be visiting the Eagles (hat tip @Eaglefan12) https://t.co/fkLm0mcLhz pic.twitter.com/kjYEHtm8Xd— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) April 8, 2018
It’s not hard to believe the Eagles would have Harrison in for a pre-draft visit. They’ve already hosted Justin Reid, another one of this year’s top safety prospects, in Philly. It’s a clearly a position the team is interested in with Malcolm Jenkins turning 31 this season and Rodney McLeod potentially set to be a cap casualty next year.
The 6-2, 207 pound Harrison was born in 1997. He’s either 20 or 21 depending on his exact birth date. Despite his youth, Harrison was pretty productive for the Crimson Tide. He finished his three-year collegiate career with 174 total tackles, 17 passes defensed, seven interceptions, seven tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, and one defensive touchdown.
Drafting Harrison would give the Eagles a top backup behind Jenkins and McLeod, which is currently needed. Philadelphia utilized quite a bit of three safety packages in 2017 thanks to the presence of Corey Graham. Harrison could eventually take over as a starter when the Eagles look to move on from McLeod.
Harrison would also give the Eagles another physical, hard-hitting defender. I feel like that’s something Philadelphia might appreciate.
Scouting report via NFL.com:
Overview: Combination safety with all the size and athletic traits you could hope for in a safety. Harrison is a fluid athlete with few athletic limitations and has the ability to fit into a variety of defensive schemes. His penchant for flying in shoulder first will need to get cleaned or risk giving up missed tackles and big plays. Harrison’s physical approach and urgency in run support gives him a chance to start early, but his potential in coverage and athletic ability give him a chance to become a Pro Bowler.
Draft Projection: Round 2
Scouts Tell Us: “He’s a feisty guy. Big and athletic but he’s not really the brains of the defense over there. He’s not really ‘that dude’ who runs the show and I don’t think he’s going to be that kind of guy in the pros. He handles his work though.” -- NFC team executive.
Spider chart via Mockdraftable:
Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits
Alabama S Ronnie Harrison
USC LB Uchenna Nwosu - [Click here]
Alabama LB Rashaan Evans - [Click here]
UCF CB Mike Hughes - [Click here]
Maryland LB Jermaine Carter - [Click here]
Central Arkansas CB Tremon Smith - [Click here]
Iowa C James Daniels - [Click here]
Miami TE Chris Herndon - [Click here]
South Carolina State LB Darius Leonard - [Click here]
San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny - [Click here]
Western Michigan OT Chukwuma Okorafor - [Click here]
Northern Iowa WR Daurice Fountain - [Click here]
Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch - [Click here]
Stanford S Justin Reid - [Click here]
LSU RB Derrius Guice - [Click here]
LSU CB Donte Jackson - [Click here]