Philadelphia Eagles NFL Draft Grade and Recap

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Sep 20, 2014; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Devin Funchess (1) is hit by Utah Utes defensive back Eric Rowe (18) in the first quarter at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

54. Probably the Eagles biggest need heading into the offseason was their secondary, which had ranked as one of the worst in the league over the past two seasons. The Eagles signed two corners via free agency in March, but there’s still work to be done. Eric Rowe is a tall, long cornerback from Utah, who fits the mold of corners that Chip Kelly and, defensive coordinator, Billy Davis covet. Rowe played safety during his first three years at Utah and his ability to cover receivers in the slot and his ability to tackle made him a key cog in the Utah defense. Heading into his senior year, the Utah coaches decided to move Rowe out to cornerback, due to an influx of safeties. Rowe transitioned seamlessly and he proved he could be a very reliable corner, in Utah’s man-to-man defense. Rowe, unlike many man-to-man corners at the college level, isn’t very handsy, meaning he didn’t concede many pass interference penalties, something that has plagued the Eagles over the past few seasons. Plenty of teams and analysts viewed Rowe as a late first or an early second round prospect and the Eagles were able to snag him near the middle of the second round, making it a great pick up. <p><strong>Grade: A</strong></p> <p>Rowe will fit perfectly into the Eagles defense, either as a safety or a corner, depending on where the Eagles plan on playing him. It was great value for the Eagles in the second round and another good selection for Chip Kelly.</p>. CB/S. Utah. Eric Rowe. 47. player

54. The Eagles left analysts and fans puzzled at the end of day two with the selection of Jordan Hicks. While the talent is evident with Hicks, the selection didn’t seem to make sense. The Eagles already had six inside linebackers on their roster, including Kiko Alonso, DeMeco Ryans, and Mychal Kendricks. Hicks is a solid cover safety, who is a consistent tackler. According to, Hicks is comparable to the Eagles own Mychal Kendricks. The biggest draw back with Hicks is his health. Hicks suffered a slew of injuries during his college career, but when he was on the field, Hicks showed flashes that should give Eagles fans hope that Hicks can develop into a solid linebacker for the Eagles in the future. <p><strong>Grade: C</strong></p> <p>The talent is there with Hicks, as long as he can stay healthy, which seems to be the theme for Eagles this offseason. This grade will only be a C instead of potential a C+ or B- because Hicks seems like too much of a risk in the third round.</p>. ILB. Texas. Jordan Hicks. 84. player

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