The Eagles hosted Alabama linebacker Christian Harris on a top 30 pre-draft visit in Philadelphia, according to a report from Jordan Schultz.
Harris is the second known LB prospect to pay a trip to the NovaCare Complex ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft. Understandably antsy Eagles fans who want to see the team finally address a big position of need on defense might be pleased by this news.
Harris, who turned 21 in January, could be a Day 2 target for the Birds. In three years with the Crimson Tide, he had 220 total tackles (26 for loss), 10 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception.
The Eagles’ current projected starting off-ball linebackers are T.J. Edwards and Kyzir White. Edwards has showed promise but he has some limitations and will be a free agent after this season. There is hope that White can be a long-term contributor but he only signed to a one-year deal.
Harris might fit in as a multi-year starter in Philly.
Scouting report via NFL.com:
Long, athletic inside linebacker whose strengths and weaknesses could make him a target for a move outside. Harris’ lack of desired recognition will result in missteps and mistakes that could prove much more costly on the NFL level. However, he could thrive as a chase-and-hit, weakside linebacker, where he can play faster. He can handle some coverage chores but it’s not his strong suit. Harris has the physical attributes and athletic ability to make plays as an eventual starter but he might lack three-down versatility.
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Complete list of known Philadelphia Eagles draft visits
Alabama LB Christian Harris
Western Kentucky DE DeAngelo Malone
Cincinnati CB Ahmad ‘Sauce” Gardner