Eagles move Up to Select Utah Safety Eric Rowe
In the second round of the 2015 draft, the Eagles traded up for Utah defensive back Eric Rowe with the No. 47 overall pick. To move up, Philadelphia sent Miami a pair of fifth round picks (145 and 156) for 47 and a sixth rounder (191).
Rowe made 45 starts for the Utes, starting out his college career playing free safety during his first three seasons before becoming a cornerback as a senior.
"We are looking for safeties that can cover, he can play corner, he may start out at corner," Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said about Rowe.
Rowe could be a starting cornerback or free safety and much like the Eagles first rounder, Nelson Agholor, he fits the checklist Chip Kelly looks for - versatility.
One of the things coach Kelly pointed out about Rowe was his combine numbers, where he was a top performer, running 4.45 with a 39-inch vertical and 10-foot-5 broad jump.
“Eric Rowe is kind of a cornerback/safety tweener," Scott Wright, of draftcountdown.com explained on the Sports Bash after the senior bowl. "He’s played both and he’s a situation where teams need to figure out which direction they wanna go with him. He has a chance at corner and obviously if it doesn’t work out there, you can always go to plan B and move him inside.”