In 2014, Utah moved Eric Rowe from his free safety position to the cornerback position to limit the effect of losing Keith McGill who was drafted by the Raiders last year. He had an excellent season for a man who had just moved positions, registering 57 tackles and 13 pass break-ups. However if I'm drafting him, I move him back to the free safety position immediately, he's more comfortable there, his skill-set is better suited to that role and I think he'll have more success there.
Most Jet fans won't want to see the team draft another cornerback, at least early. After all we've drafted Dee Milliner and Dexter McDougle recently and we need a veteran presence to bring them along, hopefully one or both of them work out. However I also think we absolutely have to move Calvin Pryor to strong safety if we want to get the best out of him, and as we have nobody on this roster capable of playing the free safety position, we need to bring one in.
Some will want to sign someone like Devin McCourty, I don't have a problem with that. However if you want to build through the draft, then there is something about Eric Rowe that makes me think he's set to be an elite safety in this league. Most people don't think so, which is why he is rated as a 4th or 5th round prospect. Personally I have a 2nd round grade on him and if he really does fall down into the 4th, that to be represents superb value.
I'll often go to bat for 2-3 prospects each year who I project a lot higher than most, Eric Rowe is most definitely one of those guys.
Projected 40: 4.4
|Year||Tackles||For A Loss||Sacks||Pass Defenses||Interceptions|
- Good size, bulk, broad shoulders, muscle tone.
- Exceptional straight line sped, sideline to sideline.
- Instincts are excellent. Knows when to drop, when to come up and reads the QB well.
- Very good length, allows him to be physical and knock a lot of balls away.
- Plays the run very well, very quick to diagnose and support in the run game.
- Positioning is excellent, good timing on defensive pass break-ups
- A sound tackler who lowers his shoulder and goes for safety over style.
- Very physical in every aspects of his game, plays with a controlled aggression.
- Good hips, smooth in transition when turning to run with his back to the QB.
- Plays the ball when it's in the air, and plays the hands of the receiver when he can't make a play.
- Played in a pro defense that uses man coverage almost exclusively (similar to Todd Bowles)
- Hard working, no red flags on his character.
- Needs to work on his hands, dropped a few interceptions throughout his time at Utah.
- Can be too physical with the receiver, may draw flags at the next level.
- Can be prone to biting on double moves, and falling for QB baits with the eyes.
Draft Grade: 80
90-100 = Exceptional Talent
80-90 = Impact Player
70-80 = NFL Starter
60-70 = Solid NFL Potential
50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed
>50 = Undraftable, - Long Shot To Stick