Going into the offseason, the Eagles knew they had to once again address the safety position.
The team decided to sign Malcolm Jenkins in free agency and bring back Nate Allen on a one-year deal. Second-year player Earl Wolff will also be in the mix for a starting spot.
Colt Anderson recently signed with the Colts, and Kurt Coleman caught on with the Vikings.
But going into the draft, adding another safety remains a strong possibility. And the likely top option on the board is Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Clinton-Dix has had a visit with the Eagles, according to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post.
The 6-foot-1, 208-pounder ran a 4.58 at the combine. He said he played the deep middle of the field a lot as a sophomore, but was asked to do more things during his junior season.
“Chance [Kam Chancellor] is a big-play, big-time safety,” Clinton-Dix told reporters at the combine. “But you also need safeties that can cover slot receivers and also play the deep middle of the field and in the box. So I think you need more versatile safeties in this league now.”
That’s music to the ears of Chip Kelly, Billy Davis and the Eagles’ coaching staff.
Of course, most mocks have Clinton-Dix going off the board before the Birds pick at No. 22. And given that the team only has six selections, a trade-up seems unlikely
Still, there’s always a degree of unpredictability when it comes to the draft, and the Eagles are doing their homework on a talented player who could step in and help them immediately.